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Harry Potter Spell Duel Game (or Expelleriamus, Stupefy, Diffindo)

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My daughter took part in a Harry Potter camp with some friends this week. The Harry Potter Spell Duel game was one of her favorite activities. These days, Harry Potter themed games are seemingly popular with children 8-10 years old, especially to those with an interest in Harry Potter, of course!

Basically, it is a modern, wizardly twist on the classic childhood game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.

What you need to play the Harry Potter Spell Duel Game

  1. 2 wizards (each with a wand).

Here’s how to play the Harry Potter Spell Duel Game

  1. Each wizard stands back to back with her wand in front of her face.
  2. Each wizard takes 5 steps forward and then turns to face her opponent
  3. Each wizard draws the first letter of her house name in the air with her wand, so she would draw an H for Hufflepuff, an R for Ravenclaw, a G for Gryffindor or a S for Slytherin and then points her wand at her opponent.
  4. Each wizard places her wand over her heart and bows to her opponent.
  5. At the same time, each wizard crosses their wand in front of them (to the count of 1-2-3) first to the right, then to the left and then pointed at her opponent while saying one of three spells, Expelliarmus, Stupefy or Diffindo out loud.a. Expelliarmus beats Stupefy
    b. Stupefy beats Diffindo
    c. Diffindo beats Expelliarmus
  6. The wizard whose spell loses takes one step backwards.
  7. The wizards repeat Step 5, waving their wands again to the count of 1-2-3 and saying another spell.
  8. The first wizard to take 3 steps backwards disappears and the other wizard reigns.

I thought this was a very clever, theatrical and entertaining adaptation of our Rock, Paper, Scissors game.

If you’re interested, here is a complete list of spells from Harry Potter that you can use to create a more complex adaptation of this game.

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2 thoughts on “Harry Potter Spell Duel Game (or Expelleriamus, Stupefy, Diffindo)
  1. Elizabeth Bercaw

    so, i am having a birthday party currently and i was having an incredible amount of trouble finding a certain harry-potter themed party game because we couldn’t just awkwardly sit there dipping chocolate strawberries and.. just waiting i guess
    ^-^ so here i am desperately searching for something to do and sure enough here it was! so thanks for fixing the party ma’am 😀

  2. Kimberli

    Thank you for sharing this! I will be using this format during the Harry Potter world book night event at my library in February.

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