Geeks Who Drink Hosts: The Geeky Cauldron, A Harry Potter Quiz

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Dear Quizzer,  

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to attend Geeks Who Drink and LeakyCon’s The Geeky Cauldron: A Harry Potter Quiz. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary information and equipment. Quiz begins on July 19th. We await your owl by no later than… actually, please send no owls. Just go to the quiz. Owls are dangerous wild animals.

Yours sincerely,
Geeks Who Drink and LeakyCon
Quizmasters and Quizmistresses

Check the Great Hall and your Common Rooms for some teammates on ourFacebook event page.

Sure, we at Geeks were definitely made fun of when we were kids, harassed at school by bullies and terrorized by siblings at home. We all dreamed of getting our revenge through magical trickery and vile witchcraft, but it never really worked. All it succeeded in doing was transfiguring our noses into a bloody mess and causing our lunch money to disapparate.

Harry Potter, on the other hand, made it all happen. That’s why we, just like you, have memorized every second of the life of the Boy Who Lived, and now it is time to capitalize on all that knowledge.

On July 19th, we set the fire on a high heat, add a twist of shrivelfig, some lacewing flies and a healthy portion of novels and movies to bring you the N.E.W.T.s of the pub quiz world: The Geeky Cauldron: A Harry Potter Quiz.

Cheaters will be subjected to the Cruciatus Curse if they are found using self-correcting ink, spellchecking quills or any dishonorable Muggle devices. The quiz will have equal portions questions about the books and the movies, so better break out your Timeturners as you’ve got quite a lot of material to cover. Perhaps your local apothecary shop has powdered dragon horn?

Make sure you visit Gringotts before quiz, as admission is 8 sickles, 13 knuts. We will accept Muggle money, of course, so that comes to $5 per person. Winners will be awarded a fat purse (trust us, it will not be leprechaun gold).

Send owls to your friends and classmates, for the more wizards, witches, Muggles, squibs, dementors, animagi, half-giants, grindylows, house elves, goblins, centaurs and Longbottoms present and having fun, the angrier that BITCH Dolores Umbridge will be and the larger the prize money!

Don’t see your city’s info? Check back often, as we’ll be adding more venues soon.

ALBUQUERQUE | 9pm | O’Niell’s Heights | 3301 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
ANCHORAGE | 4pm | Tap Root | 3300 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK 99503
AUSTIN | 5pm | Fado Irish Pub | 214 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701
BOSTON | 3pm | White Horse Tavern | 116 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
COLORADO SPRINGS | 3pm | Jack Quinn’s | 21 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
CHICAGO | 6pm | Fizz Bar | 3220 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
COSTA MESA | 4pm | The Harp Inn | 130 E 17th St #A, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
DALLAS/FT WORTH | 4pm and 7:30pm | Alamo Drafthouse | 100 S Central Expy, Richardson, TX 75080 (see special booking instructions in the FAQ below)
DENVER | 5pm | Punch Bowl Social | 65 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
FT COLLINS | 4pm | Gravity 1020 at the Fort Collins Brewery | 1020 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
GLENDALE | 4pm | Complex | 806 E Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91205
HOUSTON | 5pm | Neil’s Bahr | 2006 Walker St, Houston, TX 77003
KANSAS CITY/LAWRENCE | 5pm | Johnny’s Tavern | 8262 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208
KNOXVILLE | 5pm | Preservation Pub | 28 Market Sq, Knoxville, TN 37902
MADISON | 3pm | Buck & Badger Northwoods Lodge | 115 State St, Madison, WI 53703
MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL | 8pm | The Cardinal | 2920 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
NASHVILLE | 5pm | Acme Feed & Seed | 101 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
NEW ORLEANS | 4pm | Bruno’s | 7538 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118
PHOENIX | 5pm | Devil’s Advocate | 955 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
PORTLAND | 6pm | Bullseye Pub | 4835 SW Pomona St, Portland, OR 97219
ROCHESTER | 2pm | Jeremiah’s Tavern | 1104 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
SACRAMENTO | 7pm | Alley Katz | 2019 O St, Sacramento, CA 95811
SALT LAKE CITY | 7:30pm | A Bar Named Sue (State) | 8136 S State St, Midvale, UT 84047
SAN ANTONIO | 4pm | Firehouse Pub | 5380 Walzem Rd, San Antonio, TX 78218
SEATTLE | 6pm | The Unicorn | 1118 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
SOCAL | 4pm | The Harp Inn | 130 E 17th St #A, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
SPOKANE | 7:30pm | Brooklyn Nights | 122 S Monroe St, Spokane, WA 99201
TUCSON | 7pm | Bumsted’s | 500 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705

THEMED QUIZ FAQs

Can people under 21 play? It’s up to the bar, and each venue’s going to be a little different. Check with them before you make any plans.

Should I wear a costume? YES! Some of our venues may have a costume contest if there’s enough participation, but that’s up to the venue and host.

How do you sign up? Where do you buy tickets? You don’t. Get to the quiz venue early (we recommend an hour minimum) with cash for your entry fee to ensure seating. EXCEPTION LEVEL MIDNIGHT: the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, TX is pre-reserving seats. The 4pm seating is sold out, but you can still get tickets to the 7:30pm seating at http://www.drafthouse.com/movies/geeks-who-drink-harry-potter-edition/dfw – make sure to arrive early as you would for any other theme quiz and keep in mind that seating is flexible. The Alamo Drafthouse reserves the right to rearrange seating for optimal usage of the theater space.

Is this a free quiz? No, it’s $5 per person to play (bring cash!), and we’ll ask you to pay for everyone on your team before we give you quiz materials.

What’s the maximum/minimum players per team? There is no minimum, but if you want to win, you should have a fully staffed squad. Use our Facebook and Twitter to recruit. Team maximum is strictly six players, as always.

Can we play the quiz twice by traveling to another city? No. No. And no. First of all, that’d be impressive, because our themed quizzes are now always on one day (with the rarest of exceptions). Secondly, even if you figure out a way to cheat, don’t do it.

Can minors play? That’s entirely up to the venue. Check with them.

Do spectators have to pay? Yes. Yes, they do. Spectators generally have to pay for sporting events, right? This also goes for Geeks Who Drink employees that aren’t working at the event and the people they make love to.

Can my dad/girlfriend/friend sit at our table and not play? No. Six people max seated at a table and all players must pay.

Can you host this at BLANK bar in BLANK city? No. We host these at venues that meet certain criteria. So, if we’re not in your city, there won’t be a quiz. If we’re in your city, and there’s no quiz, we’re sorry. Feel free to let us know if you think demand is there, and maybe next time we’ll get it started.

Is there a prize for second place? Nope, this is winner take all. But second place is impressive; you should be proud.

How is the prize amount determined? In most cases, the prize amount is 50% of the total take. Why not 100%? Because we have to cover our costs of producing and marketing these event quizzes.

Will BLANK TOPIC be covered? Everything is fair game. Study hard. Apply yourself. And we never give clues.

Do I need to RSVP? Seating is first-come, first-served and there are no reservations. These things quite often sell out, so get there early to guarantee a seat.

I’d like to help promote the quiz / talk to you on my podcast / contribute some bonus prizes. Great! Contact us at [email protected] and we’ll see about making that happen.

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