Put Your Spellwork to the Test with MuggleNet’s Unofficial “Harry Potter” SPELLing Bee

For the second year in a row, Harry Potter fans will have the chance to compete in MuggleNet’s virtual SPELLing Bee to win eternal glory and raise money for a good cause. Created with support from the Scripps National Spelling Bee, this event is the ultimate test for anyone who has read the series again and again to the point that you remember every letter of even the most obscure wizarding words.

Reserve your place in the qualifying round taking place on Sunday, October 1, at 1:00 p.m. ET (what time is this where I am?) with a minimum $12 donation to the Scripps Howard Fund’s “If You Give a Child a Book…” literacy initiative, which provides books to kids in underserved communities to help them become competent readers. Your donation purchases two books to help a child start building a home library! Make sure to enter a valid email address to receive further details and access the qualifying round. Each player must have a separate email address. Spellers will have a limited amount of time to type words that will be read aloud, and the top three spellers from each House will proceed to the live SPELLing Bee final. In the case of ties during the qualifier, spellers will be selected at random from the highest scores. Registration closes 24 hours before the qualifying round. See terms of use for Scripps and the Spelling Bee.

The live final will take place on Sunday, October 8, at 1:00 p.m. ET (what time is this where I am?), with words pronounced by 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Dev Shah. Donate at least $6 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, October 8, at 1:00 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!


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 spellingbee.com 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 the Scripps Howard Fund:

The Scripps Howard Fund is a public charity that supports philanthropic causes important to The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) and the communities it serves, with a special emphasis on journalism education, excellence in journalism and childhood literacy. At the crossroads of the classroom and the newsroom, the Fund is a leader in supporting journalism through scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development and First Amendment causes. The Scripps Howard Awards stand as one of the industry’s top honors for outstanding journalism, and the Fund’s annual “If You Give a Child a Book…” childhood literacy campaign has distributed thousands of new books to children in need across the nation. In support of its mission to create a better-informed world, the Fund also partners with Scripps brands to create awareness of local issues and support organizations that help build thriving communities. The Scripps Howard Foundation, an affiliated organization with the Scripps Howard Fund, supports Scripps’ charitable efforts through its endowment, key assets and major donors, including the Scripps and Howard families.

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.