Does it matter whether you're a Hogwarts Legacy witch or wizard?

Hogwarts Legacy witch or wizard
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Deciding between being a Hogwarts Legacy witch or wizard might sound like an important choice, but it's more for appearances than anything else. It's a simple choice, and little will change depending on which you select and it doesn't matter really whether you choose to be a witch or wizard in Hogwarts Legacy. You'll usually be referred to as things like "that new fifth-year" for the most part anyway so you can choose whatever you want with little worry. 

One thing worth noting is that while you can change your appearance in Hogwarts Legacy later in the game, your wizard or witch choice is fixed once you've made. So while it changes very little, it's one of the few things you can't alter later.  

Hogwarts Legacy witch or wizard: does it matter? 

Hogwarts Legacy gear equip screen

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You wouldn't steal a feather?

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It's not long after you're enrolled before you have to choose whether to steal a Hogwarts Legacy Fwooper feather. Find out if that matters here. 

Your experience in Hogwarts Legacy won't change at all whatever you pick. Witch or wizard, there are no missable things, quests or content relevant to either option. Just like your Hogwarts Legacy wand flexibility, dorm selection is entirely based on your  preferences and character choices. You'll also spend far less time in your dorms than you might expected as well. Most quests take place outside Hogwarts and the ones that are located at the school can be found while exploring the castle, you only really use the dorm as a soft reset point after big missions. 

When you choose to be a witch or wizard, you can also adjust your voice pitch, face, hairstyle, and other cosmetic features. Regardless of whether you're a witch or wizard, you will find clothing items such as skirts or trouser ensembles throughout the world. These can be equipped via your Hogwarts Legacy gear slots, again regardless of whether you're a witch or wizard. Make sure to sell your unwanted items to free up space in your inventory, however, since it can fill up fast unless you get cracking on those Hogwarts Legacy Merlin trials to make more room.

The release of Hogwarts Legacy has been the subject of criticism and debate due to J.K. Rowling's public stance on gender identity, which continues to challenge the inclusivity at the heart of the Harry Potter community. Here is our explainer on the Hogwarts Legacy controversy

Jasmine Gould-Wilson
Staff Writer, GamesRadar+

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 for global publications TheGamer and TechRadar Gaming before accepting a full-time role 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.