Are there any Hogwarts Legacy house differences when you're sorted?

Hogwarts Legacy house differences
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You might wonder if there are any differences when choosing a Hogwarts Legacy house? Does where you end up change the game once you're sorted, as far as gameplay is concerned? Short answer: no, with the exception of one exclusive quest per house that all eventually lead to the same outcome anyway. 

Like the books and films, each house sorts students into the four main personality types:  brave, smart, evil, and miscellaneous. However, as far as gameplay changes or anything like that in Hogwarts Legacy, the only differences are the unique common rooms you'll access, and those four missions unique to each option. We'll in all that in more detail below, as well as two other small variances that depend on your house.

Does Hogwarts Legacy house sorting matter? 

Does Hogwarts Legacy house sorting matter?

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There are no real changes from the result of the Hogwarts Legacy sorting ceremony, so unless you're extremely keen to check out Azkaban in the Hufflepuff house mission, the overall main storyline stays the same. 

All these house-specific missions take place as the 14th main quest, so they provide a small side-step from the overall main event while still holding some relevance to each other - regardless of the house/mission you have, it's all about the same ghost: Jackdaw. Essentially all four missions are different, but lead to the same outcome.

So let's take a look at each of the Hogwarts Legacy house missions that can only be played by students in that house:

Hogwarts Legacy Slytherin house differences

Hogwarts Legacy Slytherin house mission

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Scrope's Last Hope is a mission that coincides with Jackdaw's Rest. You'll find small notes left for you by the Black family house elf, Scrope, leading you to the coastline in the North Hogwarts region. He tasks you with finding a special family heirloom belonging to his late mistress Apollonia Black, and directs you to Jackdaw's grotto to find it. Nothing really comes of this mission except a little more quest time in the Forbidden Forest, but out of all the house quests this one does fit into the main storyline the smoothest.

Hogwarts Legacy house Hufflepuff differences

Hogwarts Legacy Hufflepuff house quest

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Prisoner of Love sees your intrepid Hufflepuff receiving an owl, summoning you to the common room for a chat with a portrait of Eldritch Diggory. He needs your help solving an old murder mystery, and sends you packing to Azkaban to learn more. This is the only time in the game that it's possible to visit the wizard prison, so it's well worth a second playthrough to experience it.

Hogwarts Legacy house Ravenclaw differences

Hogwarts Legacy Ravenclaw house quest

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Ollivander's Heirloom is the Ravenclaw-specific quest in Hogwarts Legacy. You'll be helping the resident wand maestro track down a family heirloom that was stolen by Jackdaw, eventually tracking down the sticky-fingered ghost at the Hogwarts owlery to learn more about his crimes. Once again, the mission ends with you finally getting your hands on those all-important pages needed to progress to the next main story quest.

Hogwarts Legacy house Gryffindor differences

Hogwarts Legacy Gryffindor house quest

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The Hunt for the Missing Pages is the only Gryffindor house quest and sees you working with the ghost Nearly-Headless Nick to help him impress his phantom would-be buddies in the Headless Hunt. Like the other missions, though, it results in you meeting Jackdaw and attaining those last necessary pages in order to move on in the game's main questline. Having to go find Jackdaw's head before you can chat to him is distinct to this quest, though, and you'll be heading to the pumpkin patch to do just that.

Other house differences in Hogwarts Legacy

Other house differences in Hogwarts Legacy

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Another difference between the houses will be who you talk to during your first visit to the common room, and also the common room itself. You'll speak to everyone over the course of the game however, so you don't need to worry about missing out.

Slytherin students speak with Ominis Gaunt, Sebastian Sallow, and Imelda Reyes. If you are sorted into Ravenclaw, you'll introduce yourself to Amit Thakkar, Samantha Dale, and Everett Clopton. These conversations won't make you better or worse friends with these characters, and everyone will be met eventually during lessons, quests, or dedicated friendship missions regardless of whether you meet them on your first night.

Just like whether you become a Hogwarts legacy wizard or witch, house choice is simply a bit of color that makes no real difference, even with the house quests. There are dedicated friendship missions for one character from three of the houses: Sebastian Sallow (Slytherin), Poppy Sweeting (Hufflepuff), and Natsai Onai (Gryffindor) but you'll get them wherever you end up. Ravenclaw's Amit also plays a small role in the main mission Lodgok's Loyalty, as well as being useful during your Astronomy Class quest, but if he had a mission thread of his own it ended up on the cutting room floor. 

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Jasmine Gould-Wilson
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Jasmine is a staff writer at GamesRadar+. Raised in Hong Kong and having graduated with an English Literature degree from Queen Mary, University of London in 2017, her passion for entertainment writing has taken her from reviewing underground concerts to blogging about the intersection between horror movies and browser games. Having made the career jump from TV broadcast operations to video games journalism during the pandemic, she cut her teeth as a freelance writer with TheGamer, Gamezo, and Tech Radar Gaming before accepting a full-time role here at GamesRadar. Whether Jasmine is researching the latest in gaming litigation for a news piece, writing how-to guides for The Sims 4, or extolling the necessity of a Resident Evil: CODE Veronica remake, you'll probably find her listening to metalcore at the same time.