Potterheads deserve an article of their own! Whenever my Harry Potter-addicted friends and I gather around, we want to play something related to our favorite series. Although finding good games was a challenge, we’re pretty happy we have finally made a list of the best party games ever, which all deal with HP (there are drinking games included too!).
- Board games:
- Hogwarts Battle;
- House Cup Competition;
- Harry Potter Scrabble;
- HP CODENAMES;
- Labyrinth Board Game;
- Clue Board Game;
- Card games:
- Similo HP;
- Cards Against Muggles;
- UNO Harry Potter;
- Trivia & guessing games:
- Guess The Danger Word;
- Top Trumps;
- Trivial Pursuit;
- Who Is It – Guessing Game;
- HP OGMI;
- HP Word Search;
- Birthday party games:
- Harry Potter HedBanz;
- Outdoor Quidditch;
- Pin The Lightning Bolt on Harry;
- Harry Potter Jenga;
- Scavenger Hunt;
- Drinking Games:
- Quidditch Pong;
- Movie Drinking Game;
- Final Thoughts;
Board games always tend to bring lots of competition between the players and develop important soft skills. The board games we’re about to mention, have something extra: all the equipment is Harry Potter-themed!
1. Hogwarts Battle
Are y’all ready for a Hogwarts Battle? The first board game on our list includes a huge deck of cards (252), a board, dice, individual playing boards, chips, and more. You’ll play collectively as heroes (Harry, Ron, Hermione, or Neville Longbottom), and aim to defeat the Villains and, therefore, secure Hogwarts till they don’t occupy all the locations on the board. All villains have abilities, and they will be resolved one at a time. Will you beat the villains and secure Hogwarts from the threats?
2. House Cup Competition
Are you familiar with the House Cup Competition, which includes over 500 game contents? Up to 4 players must represent one of the four houses in Hogwarts, and aim the get the most house points, after 7 rounds of gameplay, in other words, 7 years of history. Besides representing a house, you will also control 3 students, which using your help, may level up, learn new spells & skills, attend classes, visit locations, and collect points. Depending on your students’ performances, you may gain bonuses and add to your total of points, so you can win the house Cup Competition!
3. Harry Potter Scrabble
Since its invention year, 1938, Scrabble has been one of the most famous board games ever. The Harry Potter version is of course the Potterhead’s favorite. The idea behind the game is to create words (precisely related to the Harry Potter series) using the word tiles. Words on the board may either be regular ones, but mostly, HP words, such as Hogwarts, Lumos, potion, and others. In this version, you’ll get 100 wooden tiles, 4 racks, and a few unique cards. Whoever has the highest final score, wins!
4. HP CODENAMES
We have mentioned Codenames in some other art pieces, cuz’ we love it!
This Harry Potter version is obviously the cherry on top, and it comes with 200 code cards, 100 double-sided key cards, 16 orders of the Phoenix cards, mission logs, and more. While locating secret agents, it will feel like reliving Hogwarts and the magical world of Harry Potter. In the HP version of Codenames, the idea is to contact the 15 remaining members, while avoiding the Death Eaters, and Ministry of Magic officials. The clue-giver is the Order of the Phoenix in Diagon and must share clues with the other Order Members.
The point of Labyrinth, Harry Potter edition, is to help Harry Potter find the shortest routes to Hogwarts. Besides Harry, even Hermione, Ron, Professor Dumbledore, and more characters are waiting for you to find them! It comes with a game board, 34 maze cards, 24 picture cards, and 4 playing pieces. A player wins if he successfully collects all the designated cards and gets back to the starting point.
In the magical game of Clue, players have to represent Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny, Luna, or Neville. Whenever any of the players think they have solved the mystery, they head out to Dumbledore’s office, to give the news. There are special cards, including help cards, dark, mystery, and suspects, which just make your mission way more interesting! If you want to win, you have to know the location of the incident, be sure about the spell that was used, and use the power of deduction correctly.
Harry Poter-themed card games work incredibly well for all types of people, remind you of the HP series, and bring great fun to the party. Most of them are simple to play and last a few minutes. Besides all, they’re pretty cheap!
In Similo, which is also a great family-friendly card game, there’s a Clue Giver in each round, and all the remaining players are guessers. There will be 12 displayable cards on the table, but the Clue Giver will also play extra cards as clues. Together with the clue, the designated player will also tell if the character in the extra card is similar or different from the card to be guessed, but never give direct information. Each round there should be a new Clue Giver, so everyone gets to try giving clues and guiding other players into guessing correctly.
2. Cards Against Muggles
Available at: muggles.cards ($9.95) | Players: 4 to 20+ | Age: 17+;
Cards Against Humanity and everything made in that style is always fun, no matter what. Cards Against Muggles is all about making dark jokes related to Harry Potter & your favorite characters! This edition has a total of 1440 cards, and the main goal is to make the most hilarious card combinations. The Card Czar picks one black card for you, and all the other players have to find the best card to answer or fill in the blank. The Muggles version of CAH is definitely one of the best fan-made expansions!
3. UNO Harry Potter
Agh, how much we love it when games are under $10! The special UNO for Potterheads has 120 cards inside. What makes this edition unique, is that on every card we’ll find an HP character photo, or at least details that resemble them.
The main rules are similar to the standard UNO game, however, there are some extras that will leave you in awe. The Sorting Hat rule is one of these specials! Needless to mention, the first player to run out of cards, and yell ‘UNO’ as well, wins!
Trivia & Guessing Games
You say you know everything about Harry Potter? Well, if you wanna prove it, do your best in our Trivia & guessing games. They’re tons of fun and competitive as well, so, no doubt you’ll enjoy them at their fullest!
1. Guess The Danger Word
Players: 4 and more;
Danger Word is undoubtedly a very funny & competitive game. What you have to do is help your teammate guess the winning word (by describing it in other words), but, never mention the danger word. Everyone who mentions the danger word gets a punishment! For instance, the target word would be Hogwarts, but the danger word would be school since it almost tells the whole answer. In this case, you might use something like wizards, learning magic, lessons, and anything similar. You got the point, didn’t you? You may make the cards on your own, so you have fun making them, and create a good game too!
2. Top Trumps Quiz Game
We love the fact that Top Trumps has 500 cards inside, which are related to both the movies and the books series of Harry Potter! Each question has the answer on the back of the cards, but don’t let that lower your standards. It contains questions like: ‘Why does Dumbledore not use Harry’s blood to gain passage to the Horcrux cave?’, ‘How do Harry and Dumbledore magically travel from Hogwarts to Horcrux crave?’, and 498 more! Ps. It has an extremely sturdy box, so you probably won’t even need our carrying cases at all!
3. Trivial Pursuit
Trivial Pursuit is love itself! This edition comes with a set of 100 cards, and there are 6 questions in each card! You can test your HP knowledge in 6 categories: The Dark Arts, Hogwarts, Magical Spells & Potions, Magical Objects, Magical People, Animals & Magical Creatures, which is basically everything about HP. There’s also one dice to help you choose the category you’re about to answer. If you wish, you may mix this themed edition with the main game so the game lasts longer!
4. Who Is It – Guessing Game?
It’s time for another cool family card game! The game we just showed has 72 character cards that come in 3 separate color-coded packs, and everyone who loves the movies or book series will definitely love these as well. What you have to do is find which character your opponent has picked, just by asking questions. The answers can only be yes OR no. To make it more challenging, we recommend you add a limit to the number of questions. 10 would be enough. If you guess the character correctly, you win!
5. HP OGMI
Here’s a surprise for all of you! Are you feeling introverted today, and wish you could play a Harry Potter quiz game, without having to talk to anyone? Visit staging.ogmi.io, let it pick a random opponent for you, and compete who’s a bigger Potterhead. There are 7 rounds of questions, and whoever guesses most & fastest, earns the most points, therefore, wins! There are a few question categories, but my personal favorite is Harry Potter x Movies, definitely!
6. Harry Potter Charades
Players: 4 to 10 | Age: 10+;
Who doesn’t love a good Charades game, especially when it deals with Harry Potter? What you’ll need are some small cards (printed or hand-written), with Harry Potter words on them. The classic way to play is to split all players into 2 teams and let 1 at a time act out the specific word, while the remaining teammates have to guess it. If they do it correctly in a specific amount of time (less than 1 minute usually), they win a point, if not, the playing team wins a point. The game ends whenever you’re bored with it!
7. HP Word Search
Players: 1+ | Age: 7+;
Seeing people struggle while word searching is always fun! At the bottom of the paper, you’ll find all the required words, so you know what you’re looking for. You may look for the words horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Well, it isn’t as easy as it looks. It can get confusing sometimes… Especially if you’ve put a time limit and are in the middle of a competition. And yeah, you can also play it by yourself. It makes a cool single-player game!
Birthday Party Games
You’re throwing a Harry Potter-themed party? One thing’s for sure, it can’t be fulfilled without some birthday games. What we’ll show below are made for large groups of people, can be played in teams, and are typical for a birthday mood!
1. Harry Potter HedBanz Game
If you’ve ever heard of Heads Up, you’re gonna have it all easy. The Hedbanz set includes 72 picture cards, which should be placed on your forehead, one at a time. Next, without seeing what’s in the picture, you have to ask your friends questions about your card. Be careful since the questions shouldn’t be direct – you can’t ask them about your (character’s) name or similar questions. You solve the puzzle by combining all the answers and coming to a final: Who Am I?
2. Outdoor Harry Potter Quidditch
Players: 2 teams of 7 players | Age: 18+;
For everyone who’s hosting their birthday party outside, Quidditch is a must!
To finish the setup, you take some bases and use hula hoops at the top of each. You can use a spray color to make them look realistic and HP-themed. Usually, a team in this game (and sport as well) consists of three Chasers, two Beaters, one Seeker, and one Keeper. if you manage to place the quaffle into the basket, you earn 10 points. If you (or any of your teammates) luckily catch the Golden Snitch, you add 30 points to your team! An amazing outdoor game indeed!
3. Pin The Lightning Bolt On Harry
Players: 3 to 10+ | Age: 10+;
Remember our Pin The Tail On The Male? We’d love to present to you the muggles version now! All you gotta do is give all players tiny paper lighting bolts and place the poster of Harry Potter on the wall. Then, taking turns, everyone blindfolded has to spin a few times in place (10 times is just right), and then try to put the lightning bolt on Harry’s forehead. Whoever’s closest to the actual target, wins!
4. Harry Potter Jenga
Jenga (and Drunk Jenga as well) has proven that it adds magic to the party, especially birthday ones! The tiles on this version of Jenga are all customized. Therefore, it features Hogwarts houses, and there’s one die that will tell you what tile you should move. Just as in all versions of this game, the goal is to draw and place tiles, without crushing the tower. Magically, you will climb the Hogwarts Grand Staircase and get in that competitive spirit. Ps. This is also a great Harry Potter gift idea for your girl!
5. Scavenger Hunt
Players: 5+ | Age: 12+;
Just when we thought that Halloween Scavenger Hunt was gonna be our favorite, we found out about the Harry Potter version!!! Whoever organizes the game should hide the clues in different places, and write hints on the cards, so this is how the players will find them. You can find printable ideas, so it’s easier for you, or write them down. The gems could also be prizes for everyone who finds them: mini wands, stones, tie, cloak, or more ideas that could slip your mind.
You thought we forgot to mention something for our mates who are 21+ and Potterheads? You thought wrong! Below, you’ll find 2 of our all-time favorite HP-related drinking games, which besides being good reminders of the series, will also get you tipsy!
1. Quidditch Pong
Equipment needed: 22 plastic cups, 3 hoops, beers, and ping-pong balls.
Have you ever thought about what would it look like if Beer Pong & Quidditch collaborated? Divide players into 2 houses (teams), set up the pyramids of 10 cups for both teams and optionally place an extra cup as the Snitch cup. Add three hoops in the middle of the table (which you can make yourself). On each house, there will be one seeker (which goes after the Snitch cup) and one beater, which has to block the shots. You may follow the regular Beer Pong rules, or add anything extra related to Harry Potter.
2. Movie Drinking Game
We have an unhealthy addiction to movie drinking games. However, the Harry Potter one is undoubtedly one of our all-time loves! The game follows some simple rules: you take one sip, drink a shot, or finish your drink for specific words and scenes. Here are some of them:
Take a sip of your drink when:
- Someone yells ‘Harry!’;
- A ghost floats by;
- Anyone whips out their wand;
- Ron says ‘Bloody Hell’;
Take a shot whenever:
- Harry catches the Snitch;
- One of the characters is seen flying;
- Harry mentions his dead parents;
- Hermione breaks a rule;
Finish your drink if:
- Harry passes out;
- Someone says ‘Expelliarmus’;
- Colin Firth speaks Portuguese;
Well, these aren’t the full rules! We already made a special article about this. Go check the HP movie drinking game rules!
We hope all our Potterheads enjoyed this as much as we did. We did our best in picking the best & most entertaining games, and now it’s left to you to pick your favorite(s). There are different levels of difficulty, game types, and equipment, so, you’ll most likely have enough options. Also, don’t let the Muggles let you down, dude!