The Hogwarts Legacy common rooms are where you will likely spend a lot of time in the magical game, making friends with other wizards, practicing your spells, and reading up on potions. So what is there to know about these cosy areas in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? And could it impact your choice of house?
Each of these rooms has been meticulously themed around one of the four elements, and this will be reflected in the decor, furniture, and even the music, which is specific to each common room in the open-world game. By now, it’s likely that you already know which house you belong to and will import your house and wand to Hogwarts Legacy, but if you aren’t sure where you belong in this RPG game, perhaps this will help you decide.
Can you enter every Hogwarts Legacy common room?
You won’t be able to see inside every Hogwarts Legacy common room, as you’ll only have access to your own house’s communal area and dorms. For example, Gryffindor students only have access to the Gryffindor common room, and the other three rooms are exclusive to their respective students. Unlike the Harry Potter films, you can’t use Hogwarts Legacy potions like Polyjuice Potion to sneak into a different common room, either.
If you want to enter the other common rooms, you’re going to need to create a brand-new character first. Hogwarts Legacy doesn’t feature New Game Plus, so you’ll have to start from scratch. Fortunately, there are multiple save slots to have one character from each of the four houses.
Gryffindor common room
The warmest house area of the four, the Gryffindor common room is resplendent with scarlet and gold. You’re never alone here, always accompanied by the dozens of moving paintings adorning the walls.
Gryffindor’s bravery is represented not only by the theme of fire, but by the tower’s castle imagery with turrets and ogival arches connecting its room and hallways. The Gryffindor common room is located up the stairs in the Faculty Tower – look for the portrait of the Fat Lady to enter the room.
Slytherin common room
Boasting possibly the most remarkable entrance of the common rooms, the Slytherin common room magically reveals itself from within a seemingly plain brick wall as a large serpent draws up from the ground in front of it.
Step inside, and you’re greeted with the immediate impact of green marble pillars rising up from the stone floor to the common room’s impossibly high ceilings, with the house’s water element epitomised in its large water features, all of which giving an air of majesty to this common room – a home of which even the most cunning Slytherin can be proud. The Slytherin common room is located in the dungeons beneath the lower grand staircase – the room may appear to be empty, but if you’re a Slytherin student, a large snake should reveal the common room to you.
Hufflepuff common room
The Hufflepuff common room was one of the first we saw, with a reveal back in April that filled Hufflepuff fans with glee. Just as we see in all four common rooms, there is a particular dedication to the lore, extending even to the dancing badgers etched into the fireplace.
The Hufflepuff common room’s common theme is earth, obvious in the green and neutral tones and trailing plants suspended from the ceiling. That ceiling itself is low and rounded, connecting round doors with long hallways to mimic badger dens in an ode to the Hufflepuff mascot. The Hufflepuff common room is located near the grand staircase, just beyond the hidden kitchens. As long as you’re a Hufflepuff student, search for a giant barrel to reveal the common room.
Ravenclaw common room
The Ravenclaw’s bronze eagle mascot protects this common room from intruders, only retracting its large wings and opening the door for those who belong there. Once inside, even the most discerning intellectual will feel at home in the classy and airy Ravenclaw common room, reflecting both the “wit and learning” of its students and the element it’s based on.
Large windows allow for plenty of natural light to read by during the day and offer an excellent vantage point to take in the stars by night, mirrored in the astrological-print fabrics that adorn the Ravenclaw common room. The Ravenclaw common room is located inside Ravenclaw tower – climb the grand staircase and make your way west. You should find a blue corridor with a staircase at the end of it, climb those stairs to find the common room.
That’s everything you need to know about the Hogwarts Legacy common rooms, but which is the best Hogwarts Legacy house, and which common room should you choose to call home? Once you’re settled in, don’t forget to check out our guide on all of the Hogwarts Legacy characters you’ll meet and the Hogwarts Legacy spells they can teach you. Finally, give our best PC games guide a read if you’re looking for certified excellent adventures to go on.
The creator of the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling, has made a number of transphobic remarks on social media in recent years. Warner Bros. has the licence to make games based on Harry Potter. While the details of that deal aren’t publicly known, and WB Games says “J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game”, it is likely that, as the creator and owner of the Harry Potter IP, she will earn royalties from its sales. If you’d like to learn more about transgender equality or lend your support, here are two important charities we encourage you to check out: the National Center for Transgender Equality in the US, and Mermaids in the UK.