Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Our Favorite Muggle Games with a Potter Twist

It's been 12 years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, signifying the end of Harry's journey on print. But his story, and J.K. Rowling's world, remain as relevant as ever, and we've seen a multitude of spinoffs since then, such as the Newt Scamander-led Fantastic Beasts film franchise. These explore the part of wizarding history that audiences and readers have yet to discover, but it doesn't end there. The high demand for more Potter material has also led to a new augmented reality game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, which allows people to live out their Hogwarts fantasies in real life.

But for some, even this isn't enough. If you find yourself needing more Potter material, we've got you covered. Read on for some tips on how to add a little magic to your favorite muggle games!

Wizarding Cards

Ron and Harry were obsessed with the Wizarding Cards that came with Honeydukes Chocolate Frogs. The cards included historic wizards and witches on the front and back. You would come away not only with a hopping treat, but also a chance to score your favorite wizarding icon. If you're into that sort of thing, you'll be glad to know that Wizarding Cards do exist in real life. These come in the form of the Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle: Defence Against The Dark Arts strategy card game. This is a two-player game where you can simulate a wizarding duel just like in the books and movies.

But if that's not your speed, worry not as you can always just reinvent existing rules and terminologies for muggle games like poker to make it more magical. One way would be to go through the poker guides featured on partypoker and come up with fun alternatives based on spells, characters, or even places in the wizarding world. “Bullets,” or a pair of aces, can be “Fred and George,” while a “Straight Flush” can even be a “Weasley Family Tree!” Have fun, use your imagination, and remember that the use of Felix Felicis in any form of competition is considered cheating.

Bertie Botts Challenge

If you remember the Bertie Botts every flavor beans from the books and movies, you'll know that when they say every flavor, they mean every flavor. Ron even claims that George had gotten a booger-flavored one once. Well, luckily for you (or maybe not), USA Today reports that Jelly Belly has released a line of novelty jelly beans that come with flavors like Spoiled Milk and even Barf.

One game you can play with these beans is the classic guessing game, where you and your friends estimate how many jelly beans are in a jar. The twist here is you'll be mixing a batch of novelty beans with the regular ones and then try to guess how many novelty beans are in your container. You and your friends will write down your guesses and then try the beans out one at a time, taking note of when someone ingests a novelty bean. The person with the closest guess wins a prize — and considering that you may just ingest a booger bean, the prize better be worth it.

Rita Skeeter Rumors

Lastly, anyone who's ever read the books has an irreverent and enduring dislike for the infamous Rita Skeeter. Skeeter writes for The Daily Prophet and was the main source of wizarding gossip throughout the series. So what better way to pay tribute to Rita than a game of Telephone?

To play, have your players form two lines and have the first person in each line start a "rumor." You can even make this an obscure but special phrase from the book for added Potter points. That person then whispers the rumor into the ear of the player behind them. This goes on until the rumor reaches the last person who is then responsible to report the rumor. If the phrase is accurate, then the person and their team gets a point. To continue the game, simply have the last person move to the front and repeat the initial steps.

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