How to choose houses in the Hogwarts Legacy sorting quiz

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Just like in the Harry Potter books and movies, you can choose your house in Hogwarts Legacy through a Sorting Hat quiz.

For the uninitiated, the four Hogwarts houses are Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff. Gryffindors are brave and daring, Slytherins are cunning and ambitious, Ravenclaws are eccentric and intelligent, and Hufflepuffs are trustworthy and hardworking.

However, like the characters of the series, your house doesn’t define you. For instance, Hermione Granger is seen as one of the most intelligent students at Hogwarts, yet she is a Gryffindor and not a Ravenclaw.

By understanding how Hogwarts Legacy’s sorting quiz works — or by using the account link feature before playing — you can end up in the house of your choosing.

Update (Feb. 9): We have added a brief section on the differences in quest lines between the houses.

How house sorting works in Hogwarts Legacy

Soon after the start of the game, you’ll arrive at Hogwarts just in time for the Sorting Ceremony. There are two different ways you can be sorted into your house.

You can either take a very short in-game quiz, or you can link your Harry Potter Fan Club and WB Games accounts for a more personal house selection. Whichever method you decide to use, you can influence the Sorting Hat’s decision.

Once you arrive to the Sorting Ceremony after the tutorial, you’ll sit at the front of the Great Hall, and Professor Weasley will place the Sorting Hat atop your head.

From here, you’ll be given two prompts where you must make a choice.

‘I can’t wait to start classes’ or ‘I can’t wait to explore’ quiz question difference

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First, the Sorting Hat says, “You come here with preferences and preconceptions — certain expectations.”

  • “I can’t wait to start classes.”
  • “I can’t wait to explore.”

Your answer here will not affect your house selection at all, so feel free to choose either option.

How to get Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin in Hogwarts Legacy

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Next, the Sorting Hat says, “Hmm. I wonder. Hmm. I detect something in you. A certain sense of — hmm — what is it?”

This question is the only question that will affect which house you’re sorted into. Fans of the series might already know which option will lead to which house, but we’ve placed the resulting house in parentheses just in case:

  • Daring. (Gryffindor)
  • Curiosity. (Ravenclaw)
  • Loyalty. (Hufflepuff)
  • Ambition. (Slytherin)

If you’re not happy with the house you’ve been sorted into, you can choose whichever house you’d like to join.

Note that if you have linked your accounts, you won’t get this choice, since you will have done the quiz already. Instead, you’ll only be given the “start classes”/”explore” question, which has no bearing on the house sorting outcome.

Can you change your house in Hogwarts Legacy?

If you’re not happy with the house you’ve been sorted into based on the quiz, you’re given one more chance to select a house that you like. This decision is final, so make sure you’re happy with it before continuing!

This is the same with your wand, once you reach that point in the story later.

House differences and limitations in Hogwarts Legacy

The house you’re sorted into will change some things in Hogwarts Legacy, but it will not change the overarching story. Your Hogwarts house will determine the following:

  • common room
  • clothing cosmetics
  • quest line

Common room

You don’t spend much time in your house’s common room, but if that factors into your decision, you can see what each common room looks like in the video playlist below, courtesy of the official Hogwarts Legacy YouTube channel:

Clothing cosmetics

As for clothing, your robes and outfit will feature your house’s colors and insignias. If you want to wear clothes of a specific color, such as red, blue, yellow, or green, take that into consideration when choosing a house.

There are also a bunch of clothing options in Hogwarts Legacy that don’t feature your house at all, so you can always choose to wear something else.

Quest line

The overarching story for Hogwart Legacy will be the same regardless of which house you choose, but your path to the finish line may be different. For example, the main story quest after “Trials of Merlin” will be different for each house, but everyone will receive the quest “Jackdaw’s Rest” upon completion. Here’s what quest you’ll get depending on what house you choose:

  • Gryffindors will receive “The Hunt for the Missing Pages,” where you’ll meet Nearly Headless Nick.
  • Hufflepuffs will receive “Prisoner of Love,” where you’ll head to Azkaban and meet a certain character’s ancestors.
  • Ravenclaws will receive “Ollivanders Heirloom,” where you’ll assist Ollivander in recovering a long lost wand.
  • Slytherins will receive “Scrope’s Last Hope,” where you’ll help a house-elf recover some missing book pages.

The starting location for the side quest, “Ghost of our Love,” will also change depending on your Hogwarts house. Find the map around the final location of your respective quest to start the side quest.

Your house will not affect your relationships, gameplay, or overall story. If the limitations above don’t bother you, feel free to choose any house.

Once you get going, you may next be interested in finding your first wand and broom, and working out how to solve Hogwarts Legacy’s Arithmancy door puzzles and eye chests.

On numerous occasions in recent years, billionaire and Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has taken public stances against inclusive transgender laws and trans rights, and has written fiction that has been condemned by LGBTQ+ organizations for its use of harmful anti-trans tropes. Hate crimes, as well as legislation that denies the rights of trans people, have become more prevalent in the U.K. since 2019, and, more recently, in the United States as well.

According to an FAQ from Hogwarts Legacy publisher Warner Bros. Interactive — the parent company of Avalanche Software, the game’s developer — Rowling is “not directly involved” with the creation of Hogwarts Legacy. Regardless, the sales and widespread attention generated by a AAA video game will benefit Rowling, and that has led some fans to decide not to buy the game. For a more in-depth explainer of the yearslong controversy leading up to Hogwarts Legacy’s release, read Polygon’s breakdown.

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