COLORADO SPRINGS — Harry Potter fans are waiting to celebrate the famed character’s 42nd birthday on July 31. To hype up the momentous day, USDISH an authorized reseller of DISH Network, conducted a study to sort each state into one of the four Harry Potter houses.

Although the Sorting Hat is the one that ultimately chooses your house, USDISH decided to do a little sorting of their own. Using a combination of Google Trends and a survey of 1000 Wizarding World quiz-takers, USDISH wanted to know which state belonged to which “Harry Potter” house and where you believed you should reside.

A Thousand Potterheads Have Spoken

While Google Trends indicated which Hogwarts House each state was searching for the most, USDISH asked the true Harry Potter fans where their state should land and how they feel about their house placement.

Potter fans know that the Hogwarts House you’re sorted into is not only about preference — a house placement has a lot to do with personality traits. As the Sorting Hat puts it, the bravest go to Gryffindor while the power-hungry end up in Slytherin.

USDISH breaks down survey findings into three sections:

  • The house people would sort their state in.
  • The house people are sorted in versus the house they wish to be sorted in.
  • How do people feel about the house they were sorted in.

Americans overall agreed with the Hogwarts House Google Trends sorted their state into. Even Hufflepuff—all five states (Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Vermont, and Wyoming)— concurred that their people belonged in arguably the least popular house in Harry Potter lore, says USDISH.

Though most people would sort themselves in the same Hogwarts House Wizarding World sorted them into, Slytherin homes were split down the middle. Half of the households would sort themselves into Malfoy’s camp while the other half wished they were anywhere else.

While most Gryffindor and Slytherin homes were happy with their placement, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw homes sang a different tune. Although Ravenclaw homes felt hopeful about their placement, stating they’ll “make the best of it,” most sorted into the Hufflepuff house were either ashamed or angry of their house placement.

Interesting Findings

  • Gryffindor was by far the Hogwarts House people were most proud of, either individually or by state. Surprisingly, only three states sorted into Harry’s house — Connecticut, Michigan, and Utah.
  • Maybe people were more curious about the dark arts than light magic. Slytherin House was the most searched Hogwarts House in 27 states. 16 states were sorted into Ravenclaw House in second place, and five states ended up in Hufflepuff.
  • Although arguably the least popular, Hufflepuff homes were still the second most sorted-into house individually. 25% of USDISH’s respondents sorted into Hufflepuff on Wizarding World, with Gryffindor taking the title at 43%. 18% were sorted into Slytherin, and 15% sorted into Ravenclaw. 
  • Of the respondents, 60% believed their house better matched their personality traits. Another 24% would prefer to be in a particular house because their favorite Harry Potter character resided there.

Methodology

To sort each state into a Hogwarts House, USDISH used Google Trends to see which house was searched for the most in each state for the past five years. Additionally, USDISH conducted a survey on Pollfish using 1,000 respondents who had taken the Wizarding World quiz and been sorted into a Hogwarts House. USDISH analyzed their sentiment towards their preferred house and which Hogwarts House they believed their state should belong in.