Put down your wands and get ready for a night on the ’tiles’ as Harry Potter Scrabble makes its way into our homes. You can now brush up on all your wizarding words with the latest game to cash in on J.K. Rowling’s magical adventures.
If you’re left questioning whether the word Hippogriff can be used in Scrabble, the answer is yes when it comes to the Harry Potter version. USAopoly is apparently releasing three Potter-inspired games later this year.
As well as a mysterious co-op game, muggles and wizards alike can get competitive with Scrabble: World of Harry Potter and Harry Potter Defence Against the Dark Arts. The Dark Arts game will pitch two players against each other to learn offensive and defensive spells, while the Scrabble game is pretty self-explanatory.
Coming to the USA and Canada, Scrabble: World of Harry Potter will hit shelves in “Spring 2019”, cost $29.95, and promises to include all the family-friendly fun of the classic game. Sticking with the usual rules of giving players seven tiles, it might make it a little hard to spell Acromantula and Penseive.
As well as playing normal words like you would in standard Scrabble, the new game will offer special bonuses for using magical words. It’s time to put your encyclopedic knowledge of Harry Potter to the test. If you know your Niffler from Nearly-Headless Nick, your Basilisk from your Bogart, and your Dumbledore from your Diggory, this could be one for you.
Ironically, “Muggle” and “Quidditch” are already in the dictionary, while the Oxford Dictionary has even teased that words like “Patronus” and “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” could find a place in the dictionary. These aren’t the first spellbinding games USAopoly has released. In the past, the board game company has showcased the likes of a Harry Potter versions of Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit.
Even if you’re a Squib, it should be relatively easy to pick up the idea of Harry Potter scrabble. British fans don’t need to miss out though. Mattel has previously released a limited edition Scrabble honouring the inhabitants of Hogwarts and beyond. It’s still available on Amazon and only costs £22.49. All that’s left to say now is “Accio Scrabble”
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