Good news - there are Hogwart's Houses in Harry Potter Wizards Unite, Niantic's take on the wizarding world.
Though it's purely for aesthetic purposes, and doesn't affect gameplay, it means you can represent either Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw.
Though it's not integral to how Wizards Unite works, it's such a core part of world of Harry Potter that it's no surprise Houses feature in some way.
This page explains how how to join or change your House in Harry Potter Wizards Unite as part of your Ministry ID, and everything else you need to know about your Profile and House choice.
On this page:
- How to join a House and change Houses in Harry Potter Wizards Unite
- What is the best House to choose in in Harry Potter Wizards Unite - Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw?
- What does Houses in Harry Potter Wizards Unite do?
- What else can you do besides changing Houses with the Ministry ID?
How to join a House and change Houses in Harry Potter Wizards Unite
To join a House in Harry Potter Wizards Unite, you need to go to your Ministry ID. This is your profile, and it's found at the bottom left corner of the main field screen.
Now you're on the Ministry ID screen, you can then select House on the upper right.
From there, you are presented with the four Houses - Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw. There is no sorting or test here - simply choose your preference, and with a single tap, you're in!
To change Houses in Harry Potter Wizards Unite, simply repeat the above steps. As far as we can tell there is no penalty for changing Houses, and though it's probably poor etiquette among Harry Potter fans to do so, the option is there if you need or want it!
What is the best House to choose in in Harry Potter Wizards Unite - Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw?
There is no such thing as the 'best House' in Harry Potter - not in the books, and certainly not in the game, as it has no impact on your standing or who you can play with. It's purely cosmetic.
If you haven't already got a preference between the four Hourses - Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, then it's worth looking at their various traits to help you decide, with descriptions verbatim from the Pottermore website:
|Gryffindor||Courage, bravery and determination||Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley|
|Slytherin||Pride, ambition and cunning||Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy and Lord Voldemort|
|Hufflepuff||Patience, Loyalty and fair play||Newt Scamander, Cedric Diggory and Nymphadora Tonks|
|Ravenclaw||Wit, learning and wisdom||Luna Lovegood, Gilderoy Lockhart and Filius Flitwick|
If you want the decision made for you - like how the Sorting Hat decides for Hogwart's pupils - then we recommend visiting the official Pottermore site, where after answering a series of questions, tells you who you would join if you were part of the Wizarding World.
What does Houses in Harry Potter Wizards Unite do?
The good (or depending on how you look at it, bad news) is your House choice doesn't affect the game in any way.
For those completely new to Harry Potter, the four Houses represent the four founders of the school setting of Harry Potter's story, and each new student is sorted into each one, and represents their abilities and personalities.
Unlike Pokémon Go Teams, which pits three sides against one another for ownership of public spaces such as Gyms, your House choice is purely for cosmetic reasons, despite each House having certain traits that define its members.
Why? The idea of Harry Potter is one of co-operation rather than competition, and it's something that Wizards Unite wants to embody. Our interview with executive producer Mary Casey explains this in more detail:
"We all have a part to play, we all have a role to play, and that's really important. So Harry Potter to me is really about bringing diversity, diverse people with diverse skillsets together, Harry's friends were - obviously Hermione and Ron had very different skill sets, but people like Neville and Luna as well, we didn't want to exclude them to another team, we wanted to bring them together," she said.
"And so, we made the decision to not go with competitive houses, and allow people with different houses to play together cooperatively and to overcome the calamity."
Before beginning your wizarding adventure, youll want to join a Hogwarts House in Harry Potter Wizards Unite. After that youll need to learn how to battle, so you can compete in Wizarding Challenges at Fortresses or how to use Greenhouses, so that you can perform Potion Master Notes. You can also unlock Portkey Portmanteaus and choose a profession from Auror, Magizoologist or Professor. Dont forget to take part in the monthly Community Day event either!
What else can you do besides changing Houses with the Ministry ID?
As well as displaying your House choice, the Ministry ID is your public profile, showing off your various traits, progress and achievements on a single screen.
- Your Name
- Profile Picture
Not only is all this useful for tracking your own personal progression - seeing how far you've come, and what you've got left to do in the game - but it's what your Harry Potter Wizards Unite Friends see, too.
Useful for showing off your prowess!