From how important your choice of House is to the number of Side Quests on offer, here are 5 things you need to know before you start Hogwarts Legacy.

Avalanche Software’s Wizarding World title is our first AAA Harry Potter release in years, and there are a few details you may have missed:

Your House Choice Matters

Contrary to popular belief, your choice of House means a lot more than you’d think in Hogwarts Legacy. New students will get the chance to choose their House preference during the sorting ceremony near the start of the game.

And while the majority of your Hogwarts Legacy experience will be similar no matter what House you choose, there are a few differences to take into account.

Other students will react differently to you, depending on whether you’re a Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, or Hufflepuff.

the player character from Hogwarts Legacy sitting on a chair in the Great Hall while a female teacher puts the Sorting Hat on his head

You’ll also have access to a completely different Common Room and Dormitory area.

But what’s more notable is that certain Houses will even get unique missions throughout the game, and leaks state that one House (most likely Slytherin) will even get to visit Azkaban briefly in the storyline.

Here are all the differences between Hogwarts Legacy’s 4 Houses, to help you decide on the best one to pick.

That said, you’ll need to play as each of the 4 Houses to earn Hogwart Legacy’s most annoying Trophy/Achievement.

Don’t Miss The Side Quests

Recently we discovered that there are 100 Side Quests to complete in Hogwarts Legacy, and around 50 Main Quests! But while there may be an overwhelming amount of content to complete, you won’t want to miss out.

After all, companions in Hogwarts Legacy appear as optional side quests, and it’s well worth completing their missions.

Companion Poppy in Hogwarts Legacy

Not only are there various achievements up for grabs but at least one of the Unforgivable Curses is locked behind Sebastian Sallow’s questline.

Whether you’re a completionist or someone that only cares about the story, you’ll still be locked into Avalanche Software’s game for dozens of hours. Here’s how long it takes to finish Hogwarts Legacy, no matter how you play.

There Is No Morality System

Early on in Hogwarts Legacy’s marketing, the developers teased that players could learn Avada Kedavra, the Killing Curse that would usually see its user getting a one-way trip to Azkaban.

This got the fanbase all excited for the possibility of becoming a Dark Wizard, feared by all of their fellow students.

However, you should know that while learning Unforgivable Curses may have an impact on the story, there is no actual morality system in Hogwarts Legacy.

Crucio Hogwarts Legacy

It seems that casting Avada Kedavra on your enemies doesn’t seem to cause allies to react in alarm – nor does it get you arrested. On top of that, even using the most forbidden of spells don’t lock you down a path of no return.

While the deadly spells all come with a lengthy cooldown, there are no consequences to using them that we’ve seen so far.

Before you go on a rampage in Hogwarts however, you should know that NPCs mostly won’t react to your spells in the open world. That is to say, don’t expect to be able to cast Unforgivable Curses on your fellow students.

Claim Free Stuff Now

Whether you’re reading this before or after the release of Hogwarts Legacy, don’t forget that you can claim some free content right now!

With just a few clicks, you can get a free set of Fan-atic Robes and a Beaked Skull Mask in Hogwarts Legacy in seconds. We’d say that the robes, which are unique to your house of choice, actually look better than most of the school uniform customizations we’ve seen so far.

Hogwarts Legacy Fan Club Robes

What’s more, the link above also lets you import your custom wand into Hogwarts Legacy, so you can roleplay the Harry Potter character you were always meant to be.

Don’t forget that there’s even more free content available for Hogwarts Legacy on PlayStation!

Fans of Sony’s console will get access to a new, creepy mission and can even own their own shop in Hogsmeade!

Exploration Is Key

One of the best features of Hogwarts Legacy is its open-world environment. Right from the get-go, the game’s developers have been very clear that there’s more than just the castle and its grounds to explore.

Besides Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, players can travel to Hogsmeade, the Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley, and beyond.

This can be done either on a broom, with the assistance of fantastic beasts, or even with Hogwarts Legacy’s fast travel system.

Hogwarts Legacy Broom Flight

Exploration is key to enjoying your time with Hogwarts Legacy, as Avalanche Software’s beautifully-crafted environments truly look to capture the magic of the world of Harry Potter.

Plus, it’s only through exploring that you’ll encounter many of the game’s side missions, as well as some secret Easter Eggs that reference even the more niche elements of the Wizarding World.

Finally, don’t miss out on playing Hogwarts Legacy early to experience the magic before anyone else!

But as for which edition you should buy, check out our comparison of the Standard vs Deluxe vs Collector’s Edition of Hogwarts Legacy.

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