Escape Room is not just the horror flick you’ve probably never heard of with the less than stellar Rotten Tomatoes score. It’s the worldwide phenomenon where participants use clues, hints, and strategy to solve a series of puzzles and riddles to complete an objective within a specified time limit. Of course, it wouldn’t be long before a popular form of entertainment gets an injection of that Harry Potter flavor because the Venn Diagram of two popular fandoms is obviously a circle, and who wouldn’t want to experience a little boy wizard wonder! Today, we have Harry Potter escape rooms inspired by Rowling’s world that received the highest ratings from fellow Potterheads. Plan your vacations, road trips, and bucket lists accordingly. Accio games!
Best Harry Potter Escape Rooms Inside the United States
Most of the highly rated and challenging Harry Potter escape rooms seem to be either in the Midwest or the Mid-Atlantic area. Well, you have to find some fun indoor activities to occupy your time when the weather is less than ideal nine months out of the year, right?!
A VERY POTTER ESCAPE ROOM – St. Paul, Minnesota
From one of the most highly rated Escape Rooms in the Twin Cities comes A Very Potter Escape Room. Take a trip to the famous school for witches and wizards! Unfortunately, the beloved Headmaster is gone and a new regime has taken over. You have 1 hour to get the Elder Wand from the Headmaster’s office before it’s too late. Room Stats—Difficulty: Not stated; Price: $26 per person; Team: 2–10 players
HARRY POTTER ESCAPE – St. James, New York
In Harry Potter Escape, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to break out of Azkaban Prison and return to Hogwarts to save the school and your friends. Collect the Horcruxes in less than 60 minutes to finally defeat Lord Voldermort. This escape room is perfect fun for the entire family. Room Stats—Difficulty: 2/5; Price: $28 per person; Team: 2–8 players
Best Harry Potter Escape Rooms Outside the United States
As to be expected, most of the top notch international HP escape rooms are located in the UK, but there are a few gems for travelers whose adventures take them to Canada or other areas of Europe.
DEPARTMENT OF MAGIC – Edinburgh, Scotland
At The Department of Magic you have a choice of TWO magical 50-minute escape rooms, Prophecies Quest and Dark Lord Resurrection, or creating up to two potions in the Magic Potions Tavern! I would expect nothing less from an escape room located in Potterhead sacred ground. In the Prophecies Quest, you must assemble your order and collect the Prophecies the Dark Lord scattered throughout the Department of Magic. For wizards who walk a dark and crooked path, join the Dark Lord Resurrection and find the needed dark magical items to bring your Dark Lord back to life. Room Stats—Difficulty: Not stated; Price: £14–20 per person; Team: 2–5 players