So you’re the ultimate Harry Potter fan but can’t decide where to take your next trip? First of all, true Potter fans should be aware of Wizarding World: the official fansite where you can get sorted by the Sorting Hat (you'll need to login) into your Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry house. Your house is based on a variety of personality quirks and preferences, meaning you’ll fit in with the overall atmosphere of the house you’re sorted into.

Once you know your Harry Potter Hogwarts house, you’re on the road to finding the perfect travel destination. Because let’s be honest, a gutsy Gryffindor may have very different travel goals from a humble Hufflepuff, and likewise a rational Ravenclaw’s travel bucket list might not overlap with a shrewd Slytherin’s vacation goals. Have no fear, Potter fans: read on to find out the perfect travel destination for your Hogwarts house.

Where to travel based on your Harry Potter character 

In Utah's Zion National Park, huge ochre cliffs mottled with greenery rise from a verdant valley floor, through which a narrow river bends; more cliffs are visible in the background under a blue sky.
Outdoorsy Gryffindors can satisfy their thirst for adventure in Utah's stunning Zion National Park © bjul / Shutterstock

Gryffindor – Utah or Nicaragua

Being the house of Harry, Ron and Hermione themselves, Gryffindors are known as the brave, adventurous, daring and chivalrous of the Hogwarts lot. You have nerve and are very well-rounded, so only a very adventurous destination will do.

Gryffindors are an active bunch, so we think you’ll love an outdoorsy travel destination like Utah. Hike through the otherworldly red-clay rock formations in Bryce Canyon, practice your rune-reading at an ancient petroglyph site in Moab or produce a patronus in Zion National Park.

For a bit more adventure, Nicaragua is another great spot for a Gryffindor getaway. Yu can try out some exciting Muggle activities like volcano boarding down the active volcano Cerro Negro, swimming between wild islands or canoeing through jungles, where you might just spot some fantastic beasts.

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The Acropolis of Athens, Greece, crowned by the columns of the Parthenon temple, on top of a hill during a summer sunset.
Book smart Ravenclaws won't get bored exploring Athens' treasury of ancient sites © Sven Hansche / Shutterstock

Ravenclaw – Greece or Ethiopia

Ravenclaw, you are the most intelligent members of the wizarding world. You have a thirst for knowledge, valuing brains and information over guts. To that end, we suggest a cultural travel destination for your house.

Greece would make an ideal vacation for Ravenclaws. You can spend your time learning the (somewhat strange, we know) teachings of Muggle philosophers and perusing their ancient human sites, like the amazing Acropolis – Professor Binns would be proud.

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Ravenclaws are also deeply interested in diverse cultures and ancient history, so consider travelling to the cradle of Muggle civilization: Ethiopia, where some of the oldest human ancestors came from, a crossroads rich in culture and religion. Visiting cultures such as the Surmi, Mursi and Karo people offers a chance to see how local communities have preserved ancient traditions, while the 1600-year-old rock churches of Tigray show just how long the religious history is in Ethiopia.

A throng of people are travelling up and down a steep street in Taiwan at night; the street is strung with orange lanterns, while wooden buildings are arrayed with vivid Taiwanese signs and greenery.
Taiwan's bustling nightlife is bound to delight sociable Hufflepuffs © weniliou / Shutterstock

Hufflepuff – Canada or Taiwan

Dedicated and loyal, Hufflepuffs are the all-around nicest witches and wizards. They tend to be trusting, kind and value justice and fairness, and for that we think the best travel destination for a Hufflepuff is somewhere social and friendly with good nightlife.

Canada would be the perfect travel destination for a Hufflepuff. Canadians are known the world over for being some of the friendliest Muggles, and they value equality and diversity. Travelling Hufflepuffs can enjoy the relaxed, peaceful pace of Vancouver; practice their bubblehead charms in the waters of Lake Ontario; or head to Newfoundland to pay homage to beloved Hufflepuff Cedric Diggory’s most famous spell, turning a rock into a labrador.

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Taiwan is another destination Hufflepuffs will love for its egalitarian and friendly attitude. And as the first country on the Muggle continent of Asia to legalise LGBT marriage, it is Dumbledore-approved. Night markets, such as Miaokou in northern Taiwan, are brimming with food and friendly locals, and a great place for Hufflepuffs to experience Taiwan’s welcoming attitude firsthand.

A beautiful cove in the Seychelles; the sky is a dramatic canvas of clouds and the setting sun, while the sea is greeny-blue and surf laps at a golden shore; at the end of the beach, large grey rocks rise to meet palm trees and other greenery.
Go-getting Slytherins should consider the relaxing Seychelles for a much-needed break © TPopova / Getty Images

Slytherin – Tokyo or Fiji

OK, so Slytherins sometimes get a bad rap around the world due to one or two evil wizards who came through your house, but let’s not forget Harry Potter himself was one request away from Slytherin. You are a house of ambitious, determined and highly inventive witches and wizards. And you love what’s cool, unique and exclusive.

We think a great travel destination for Slytherins is somewhere that values tradition as well as exclusivity, and where better for that than edgy Tokyo? Centuries-old shrines stand alongside sleek skyscrapers, and you can practise potions while sipping a cocktail with an amazing city view somewhere like Asahi Sky Room.

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Slytherins are also highly driven leaders who sometimes need a true escape from the wizarding world. In that case, Slytherins should visit a resort island like Fiji or the Seychelles, where they can just rest their wands for a while.

A street at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida, full of quaint, crooked olde-worlde houses and shops with signs hanging outside; the most notable building has a cupola on its roof which is being straddled by an angry-looking dragon.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida will be a surefire hit with travelling Potterheads © NavinTar / Shutterstock

Harry Potter travel destinations for everyone

No matter which house you are sorted into, there are a few Harry Potter travel destinations that will appeal to everyone.

You can’t go wrong with a trip to Great Britain, Harry’s homeland. There are numerous Harry Potter sights in Britain, but don’t miss a trip to the Warner Bros Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter, an absolute must for any Potterhead. This magical studio tour leads you through all of the sets used in the making of the Harry Potter films as well as an animatronic workshop where you can interact with multitudes of fantastic beasts, from a grindylow to Buckbeak himself.

While you’re in England, don’t forget to swing through King’s Cross train station to visit Platform 9¾, where you can have your picture taken pushing your luggage cart through the brick wall and onto the Hogwarts Express platform.

And head up to Edinburgh, Scotland, where J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books. You can even book a stay in a Harry Potter-themed flat while you’re here.

In Florida, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is another spellbinding experience. This theme park brings the magic of Harry Potter to life, with strange and wondrous experiences at every turn and plenty of rides that take you right into Hogwarts itself.

This article was originally published in June 2019 and updated in June 2020. 

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This article was first published June 2019 and updated June 2020

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