Game nights are about to get magical: A Harry Potter-themed Scrabble game is forthcoming.
Potter fans, we know what you’re thinking: “Finally, a version of the game that will let me use a 10-point ‘Q’ tile to spell quidditch without fearing my fellow players will claim it’s a made-up word and consult the Scrabble dictionary.” Yes, that’s right! In fact, the use of words like “quidditch,” “muggle” and “Veritaserum” may even earn you bonus points in the new Hogwarts-approved game.
USAopoly — a game company that releases licensed versions of classic games like Monopoly, Yahtzee, Life and more — announced that Scrabble: World of Harry Potter will be available on store shelves starting in spring 2019.
So, what makes it different from traditional Scrabble games? In this new version, Harry Potter fans can flaunt their Wizarding World vocabulary and earn “Magical Word” bonuses. Character names, locations from the series, spells and potion names are all accepted (and even encouraged) in the game.
Also, unlike regular Scrabble, there will be a card-drawing component, in which players can earn extra points by completing challenges.
Aside from the new Scrabble game, USAopoly will also release a Harry Potter Defence Against the Dark Arts game. We don’t know much about it yet, but the press release says it will be a two-player game modeled after the popular Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle. It will hit shelves in spring 2019 as well. Sounds fun!
Want to host an entire Harry Potter-themed game night? USAopoly has some additional themed games that are already for sale. You can currently find this Clue: Harry Potter game in stores.
It also sells a Potter-themed version of Trivial Pursuit, known as Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter Ultimate Edition. The game is ideal for any group of players from the ages of eight and up.
The new Harry Potter Scrabble game and the Defence Against the Dark Arts game will each retail for $29.95. If you want to buy one to get your next game night started, both games will be available at Barnes & Noble and local game stores.
Game nights are definitely a fun way to spend a night in. But if you want to get out and about, there’s also another Harry Potter-inspired option to consider. A Harry Potter-themed beer festival is making the rounds in select cities from now through March 30. And yes, there’s butterbeer!