Fandom Games for Good Raises a Magical $2,000 for Charity

MuggleNet’s Fandom Games for Good concluded earlier this week, and besides bringing some joy to the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, over $2,000 was raised for charities that are important to our community.

First up in our Wizarding World-themed games inspired by iconic game shows was Muggle Match. Taking part in this magical version of the Muggle world’s Match Game was Potter movie alumni James Payton (Frank Longbottom), Ellie Darcey-Alden (young Lily Potter), and Rohan Gotobed (young Sirius Black). They were joined by fandom creators Flick Miles (Hermione Granger’s body double and host of Behind the Wand), Mike Schubert (Potterless), and Andy Miller (Puffs).

During a hilarious game in which incorrect answers included “Vengaboys,” “Good hair days!,” and “Parse (but delete one letter),” the panel tried to help audience members in the main viewing room win prizes. Throughout the game, those watching in the viewing room and live on Facebook were donating to support Transgender Law Center – the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people.

 

 

The second game in the series was Peevesy!, a magical spin on Jeopardy! While the audience continued to raise money for Transgender Law Center, three contestants played for their chosen charities to win a donation from the Fandom Games for Good sponsors, SuperCarlinBrothers. Fandom writer and creator Katie Aiani played to raise money for the Trevor Project, host of Swish and Flick Meg Petras for the charity GLSEN, and cosplayer and content creator Kari Lewis for GLAAD. Peevesy! featured special guest Nadia Brown, who plays Rose Granger-Weasley in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway, delivering questions on the Weasley family.

While Peeves himself may have wreaked a little havoc in the technology department, play soon got smoothly underway, and the contestants showed off their Potter knowledge. Covering categories such as “Book of the Chapter,” “Rhyme Time,” “Dumbledore,” “Book, Movie, Both, or Neither,” and “Where in the Wizarding World,” the game saw frequent changes in the leader board with everything still to play for in the Final Peevesy! The category for this final round was aptly titled “The Weapon We Have Is Love,” and Katie Aiani took home the crown with a total of 8,000 points and a donation to the Trevor Project.

 

 

Fandom Games for Good came to a close with a spin on the classic daytime quiz show Family Feud. Fandom Feud saw two teams go head-to-head over two games to win donations for their chosen charity courtesy of Fandom Games for Good sponsor SuperCarlinBrothers.

Team PostCast was made up of Stephen Stout (Puffs producer and actor), Cory (La Gazette du Sorcier), Terrance Pinkston (Hogwarts Radio), Trey (IAmBlackHarry), and Katie Petras (Swish and Flick). PostCast was playing to win a donation for French LGBTQ+ charity Le Refuge. Facing off against them was Team Blast-Ended Buds, made up of Matt Cox (Puffs playwright), Micah Tannenbaum (MuggleCast), Corina (The Magical Latina), Tylor Starr (the Protego Foundation), and Zack (Gays of Universal). Blast-Ended Buds was playing to win a donation for the Zebra Coalition, an Orlando-based network providing services to LGBTQ+ youth.

After guessing the most popular responses to statements such as “A magical sweet that you would not like to try” and “A spell that Harry uses that is not the disarming charm,” the first game of Fandom Feud was won by PostCast. The second game got everybody talking about their responses to “Which Hogwarts student would you like to punch in the face” but was eventually won by Blast-Ended Buds. Both teams received donations for their charities in recognition of their wins.

 

 

At the end of Fandom Games for Good, a total of $1,203 was donated by viewers across JustGiving and Instagram for Transgender Law Center. Combined with the amount generously donated by SuperCarlinBrothers to the winning players’ and team’s charities, over $2,000 was raised for good causes.

Thank you to all the Games for Good contestants, audience members in the main viewing room and on Facebook, and anyone who donated to the fundraiser. A special thank you to SuperCarlinBrothers for generously sponsoring the event.

 

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Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!