With trick-or-treating and partying off the menu this Halloween – we opted to celebrate a little differently, by trying one of Edinburgh’s many escape rooms. With strong Harry Potter vibes, The Department of Magic Escape Room felt like the perfect place!
At this escape room, you get to decide which side you’re on. If you consider yourself a Gryffindor, for example, then you may want to play the Prophecies Quest. In this game, you aim to defeat the Dark Lord. But if you’re more Slytherin, then you may want to play the Dark Lord Resurrection Quest. After all, where’s the fun in being good all the time?
We opted for Dark Lord Resurrection as what better year to summon a dark overlord than 2020?! 🧛🏻♂️
Here’s How It Went
After waiting at the meeting point, we were soon greeted by a wizard who helped us navigate our way past some muggles (his words not ours) and onto the escape room. We stopped briefly in a waiting area while our wizard sanitised the room, which was reassuring. We were then surprised when he re-appeared in a mask and cloak and asked in a very deep voice if we were “ready to resurrect the Dark Lord”? To which of course we both said yes!
Upon entering there were several different stations where puzzles needed to be solved to win the game. Unfortunately, I have no photos for this part as that would give too much away! Clues were hidden throughout the room, and we had to solve various riddles. A timer placed on the wall counts down so you know exactly how much time you have. For Dark Lord Resurrection it’s 50 minutes.
Normally, your witch or wizard would be in the room with you but on this occasion we were given occasional prompts over a speaker. We managed to solve three of the several puzzles, unfortunately not enough to win. However, this was our first ever escape room and we still had a great time! Would I do it again? Definitely!
The Department of Magic Escape Room Prices
I believe if we had a larger group we likely could have beaten it. Pricing is as follows:
3 for £55
4 for £60
5 for £70
Essentially, the bigger your group the better the price per person and it’s easier to win. There are a lot of escape rooms in Edinburgh and after this experience, I’ll definitely be trying more!
If you’re looking for another fun-filled activity, check out our review of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.