Have you ever sat down to play Mass Effect and wondered what Hogwarts House your favorite character would be in? No? Just me? Okay then... Well, now you’ll never have to wonder because I made this handy reference guide for all of your ME/HP needs.
If you go the Paragon route, Shepard is about as Gryffindor as it gets. S/he values and displays great courage, sometimes to the point of rash bravery. S/he is honorable and is not afraid to stand up for what s/he believes in. S/he is also prone to angry outbursts when faced with cowardice.
Ashley is exactly what an Alliance soldier is supposed to be: brave, loyal, and unwavering. She is willing to put it all on the line to save lives, as she proved on Virmire. She is rather prejudiced, but how many Gryffindors never gave a Slytherin the time of day just because of their House alignment?
There is little question as to why Anderson was the real first human Spectre, even if that didn’t work out in the end. He is strong-willed, and he doesn’t hesitate to do what he needs to do to save people, regardless of the personal cost.
Wrex is definitely not the only Krogan who would belong to Gryffindor House. He is brave to the point of foolishness, but he is one of few Krogan whose battle-lust is tempered by true concern for the fate of his people. He doesn’t fight just for the fun of it; he fights for a future for the Krogan.
The Justicar Code leaves little room for question. Samara values honor, justice, and valor above all else, and has given up her entire life to pursue it, and to atone for the wrong she feels she has done.
As Dumbledore says, “it takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.” Legion does both – seeking out a longtime enemy of the geth in order to try to show its lost people the error of their ways. This unit has a lot of nerve.
Garrus is a rather unique case because he is influenced by Shepard more than most of the other characters. If Shepard is more Paragon, then so is Garrus, and if s/he is more Renegade, Garrus follows down that path. However, ultimately Garrus does not end up the sort of person who gets the job done at any cost – he comes out more honorable than Renegade Shepard either way.
It might be easy to toss Thane into Slytherin without thinking about it simply because he is an assassin, but it is important to note that Thane does not believe that he is responsible for those he kills. He is just the weapon that others use, and his fearlessness is one of his most marketable assets to this end.
Tali is a pretty obvious choice for Ravenclaw, as nearly everything she does is motivated by a desire to learn more. She has her reasons, like providing for the Flotilla and saving the galaxy, but few other characters are as genuinely and enthusiastically curious as Tali.
EDI’s entire purpose is collecting information and using it efficiently. That alone would qualify her as a Ravenclaw, but she is also consumed with a desire to learn about herself, the nature of AI, and the concept of life. She believes in bettering herself through knowledge and understanding.
Though Dr. Chakwas enlisted in the Alliance military seeking adventure, she stayed because using her medical expertise to help soldiers just felt like the right thing to do. She genuinely cares about her patients, and wants to be the best doctor she can possibly be to give her soldiers the care she feels they deserve.
Mordin was consumed by his desire for knowledge, even at the cost of his own morality. His work with the Special Tasks Group ultimately caused him such regret that he made it his goal to use his superior intelligence to cure the Krogan Genophage.
Kasumi, of all people, knows the power of knowledge. That is what makes her a master thief – she knows everything there is to know about her mark, and she makes a point of keeping them from knowing anything about her.
Traynor makes her mark on the Normandy by being efficient and up-to-date with all of the technologies and resources available to the crew. She even impresses EDI with her knowledge of systems, and proves herself to rival Shepard in strategy when they play chess.
Benezia was well-known and respected among her people for her wisdom and vast knowledge. Ultimately she was corrupted by Sovereign’s power, but she followed Saren not for the power that came with allying with the Reapers, but because she thought her wisdom would be able to bring Saren back from the dark path he had started down.
Hackett is a career military man, so Gryffindor might seem more obvious for him. However, Hackett consistently shows himself to be thoughtful and organized, and to think carefully about a plan before going ahead with it. He has also always had a proficiency for science, which he uses when he leads the Crucible project.
Jack is somewhat difficult to place, which is actually a large part of why she ended up in Hufflepuff. All she has been looking for most of her life is a place where she belongs and feels accepted. There is no House better for the lost and lonely than Hufflepuff.
Jacob is another character who is looking for a place to belong. He didn’t fit in with his family or the Alliance military, and then he didn’t really fit in with Cerberus. He found, ultimately, that he didn’t really feel at home with Shepard’s crew either. When he finally did find the place where he felt he belonged, he was incredibly loyal.
Hufflepuffs are defined primarily by their loyalty and value of fairness. Kaiden is one of the most loyal members of Shepard’s crew, particularly if Shepard romanced him in the first game. It takes him two years to even consider getting over her, and the only reason he loses any faith in Shepard is because he believes that s/he betrayed him somehow by joining Cerberus.
Cortez is one of the kindest of Shepard’s crew members. He is brave, but not to a fault, and he always puts the needs of the crew before his own needs. His loyalty is clear from both his actions toward Shepard and the crew, and the way he talks about his husband.
Vega wants little more than to be just like Commander Shepard. S/he is his hero, and he wants to follow down the same path, but he is not made of exactly the same stuff. He values courage to be sure, but he seems to value devotion to the cause even more.
All Kelly wants to do is love everyone, and promote love among others. Though she does show herself to be very intelligent, she values acceptance and openness far more than any other traits.
Grunt is a Hufflepuff for two primary reasons: he needs a family to accept him for who he is, which the Krogan at large are not willing to do because he is tank-bred, and because once he finds a leader he respects and looks up to (Shepard and Wrex both fall into this category), he will walk through fire for them.
Joker likes to mask his emotions with humor, but his actions throughout the series have shown that his loyalty to Shepard and the rest of the crew are unwavering. On the one hand, he doesn’t want to risk losing his ability to fly (not to mention getting to fly the Normandy), but if that were all that he cared about, he wouldn’t have risked his life to unshackle EDI during the Collector attack.
Renegade Shepard is willing to do whatever it takes to complete the mission. S/he will shoot before asking questions, manipulate people, and allow innocents to die if it means getting the job done. S/he believes the end justifies the means, and in a galactic-scale battle, many would agree with her.
Aria is Omega, and what she says goes, no matter what. Aria likes her position of power, and when something threatens it, or her, she will go to great lengths to show that no one crosses her without consequences.
If this were only about Mass Effect 1, I would have put Liara in Ravenclaw. However, as the series progresses we see a side of Liara that she didn’t show in the first game. Liara likes power, and she knows that knowledge is the key to getting it. She collects information because she is good at it, and because she knows how to use it to further her goals. Good thing she’s on Shepard’s side.
The Illusive Man
The Illusive Man was always about control, even before he got involved with the Reapers. He wanted to further humanity’s interests because it meant furthering his own. When he did get involved with the Reapers, it only made his desire for control stronger, and ultimately corrupted him.
Zaeed bears some similarity to Renegade Shepard. He has a mission to do, and he isn’t going to let anything get in the way of finishing it. He doesn’t have too many qualms about allying himself with shady people as long as they can offer him the resources he needs.
Though Miranda doesn’t always have the self-confidence that a lot of Slytherins have, she does have ambition, drive, and the ability to sway people to her cause. She is a good leader and strategist, able to play nearly anything to her advantage. At the end of the day her own freedom is more important to her than almost anything else.
Saren was always ambitious, which is how he ended up a Spectre. He wanted all the power with none of the responsibility, and once he got a taste he couldn’t be satisfied. That is why he initially aligned himself with the Reapers – he thought they would make him into a superior being and give him more power than he could have dreamed of.
Javik is the Avatar of Vengeance, and his sole purpose is to get back at the Reapers for destroying his people. He also comes from an imperialist culture, so he often expresses his belief that he is superior to the ‘primitives’ who control the galaxy in the present.