'Harry Potter' spelling bee asks you to spell 'alohomora' while tipsy on Butterbeer

'Harry Potter' fans at a wintertime bar crawl.

'Harry Potter' fans at a wintertime bar crawl. Mike Madison

You may know what 'avada kedavra' means, but do you know how to spell it? The Harry Potter series has a vocabulary all its own, with unique spells, oddly named creatures, and unheard of destinations.

The Harry Potter Drinking Spelling Bee: ExSPELLiarmus

Amsterdam Bar and Hall
$15 to play; $6 to watch

A few examples: 

Grimmauld Place

At ExSpelliarmus: The Harry Potter Drinkin’ Spelling Bee, not only will competitors have to spell these words -- which is trickier than it sounds -- but they will have to do so while drinking things like Butterbeer and Polyjuice Potion. 

The event will be held on Saturday, February 4 at Amsterdam Bar and Hall. The rules are simple: Upon check-in, you will be presented with a refreshing pint Butterbeer to drink before the game. After that, you must earn your booze. Every Harry Potter-themed word you spell correctly merits you a shot of Polyjuice potion. Will it turn you into a drunk or a good speller? Both? We shall see!

Prizes include items from Magers & Quinn, Amsterdam, and The Source.

Last year's event sold out hella fast, so you'll want to make reservations online here on Ticketfly. Tickets are $15. This is a 21-plus event, of course, with registration (if available still) and check-in at 6 p.m. The spelling begins at 7 p.m. 

Is spelling not your thing? It's $6 if you just want to watch; Harry Potter-themed drinks will be available to patrons as well.

And don't forget to come in costume, be it as the Boy Who Lived, mighty Hermione, or... kinda annoying Dobby.


ExSpelliarmus: The Harry Potter Drinkin’ Spelling Bee
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 p.m. Saturday, February 4
$15 to play; $6 to watch