Do You Have What It Takes to Compete in MuggleNet’s Unofficial Harry Potter SPELLing Bee?

You may have watched the Scripps National Spelling Bee on television or participated in a spelling bee at your own school, but how good are you at spelling words from the wizarding world? The time has come to find out if your many Harry Potter rereadings have resulted in the words being permanently imprinted on your brain. Test your knowledge and help us raise money for charity by competing in MuggleNet’s upcoming virtual SPELLing Bee, created with support from the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


Here’s how it works: In order to participate in the SPELLing Bee, you must first play in our qualifying round, which will take place on Sunday, September 18, at 2:00 p.m. ET (what time is this where I am?). Purchase a ticket with a minimum $10 donation to GLSEN, a nonprofit organization focused on making schools safe and inclusive for LGBTQ+ students, via our Eventbrite page using a valid email in order to be eligible to play in the qualifying round. Details to participate in the qualifying round will be provided to/via the email address you sign up with, so again, be sure you are using a valid email. We are not able to send qualifying links to any email other than the email you use to donate, so choose wisely. The qualifier will require spellers to type the word within a limited amount of time after hearing it. The top three spellers from each House will proceed to the live SPELLing Bee. In the case of ties during the qualifying round, spellers will be selected at random from the highest scores.

The live final will take place on Sunday, September 25, at 2:00 p.m. ET (what time is this where I am?), hosted by Christian Coulson (Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), with words pronounced by 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Harini Logan. Donate at least $5 to GLSEN via Eventbrite for a ticket to watch the livestream (access to watch the final is included if you already purchased a ticket to compete in the qualifier). Similar to the Muggle spelling bee, we will provide definitions, sample sentences, and where possible, etymology. However, unlike the Muggle spelling bee, all the words will come from the wizarding world, including the Harry Potter novelsFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (book and film series), Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and Wizarding World Digital’s original writings. Names, spells, locations, creatures, and preexisting words that are significant in Harry’s world are all fair game.

Participants can be located anywhere in the world but must be available for the final on Sunday, September 25, at 2:00 p.m. ET for approximately two hours and willing to appear on camera. Permission from a parent or guardian is required for entrants under the age of 13.

If you’re ready to show off your spellwork, sign up now via Eventbrite!

About Scripps National Spelling Bee:

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program. The purpose of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. Visit for more information about the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company.

The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is a diversified media company focused on creating a better-informed world. As the nation’s fourth-largest local TV broadcaster, Scripps serves communities with quality, objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. The Scripps Networks reach nearly every American through the national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Grit, Laff and Court TV Mystery. Scripps is the nation’s largest holder of broadcast spectrum. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.

About GLSEN:

GLSEN works to create safe and inclusive schools for all. GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression. Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach millions of students and educators in K-12 schools via action at the national, state, and local level. Since 1990, GLSEN has improved conditions for LGBTQ students across the United States and helped launch an international movement to address LGBTQ+ issues in education.

Laurie Beckoff

My Harry Potter journey began in 2000 when I was six and continued through a bachelor's thesis and master's dissertation on medievalism in the series. I'm a Gryffindor from New York City with a passion for theatre, fantasy, Arthurian legend, and science fiction.