As a student you don't really need an excuse to drink copiously. We've all played card games like Fuck the Dealer or Kings, but for those with low attention spans and desires to get shitfaced as quickly as possible, sometimes it's easier to just throw on a movie and enjoy a mouthful anytime something symbolic occurs. Sitting on your couch, you can still have fun and you're also less likely to do yourself---or anyone else---damage. And know your limits: you will regret it if you start to believe broomsticks really are a means to flight.
For a movie drinking game to be successful it requires two main components: visual or aural cues that tell you when to drink, and repetition of these cues to make you drink regularly.
Some great games over the years have been set to films like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Withnail & I and even Pretty Woman. But when it comes to a certain eight- film series comprised of witchcraft and wizardry, one lightning-bolt adorned wizard has been absent from university dorm rooms. Whether The Philosopher's Stone or The Deathly Hallows Part 2, we're talking a decade of Harry Potter movies you can enjoy with a distilled or brewed beverage. Harry and his friends won't mind if you get drunk while watching their adventures, so let the magic begin.
As you immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter, you will likely join with Harry, Hermione and Ron in their association with Gryffindor house, everyone's favourite dorm in Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. So anytime Gryffindor is mentioned, take a drink of St. Ambroise Ale, whose logo happens to be a griffin. Or anytime Harry's stag Patronus is seen or mentioned, take a swig of an Alexander Keith's sudsy product.
But let's not forget the other houses of Hogwarts. Each house has its own unique drink made up of your favourite liqueurs (see sidebar). Throughout the film when you hear any of the other three dorms mentioned, pour a glass for you and your friends. Beware the sorting hat ceremony.
There is also a lot fun to be had with the professors of Hogwarts. Anytime you see Potions teacher Severus Snape, crack open a bottle of Hypnotiq and take a shot. Even when he becomes the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher later in the series, continue taking shots of Hypnotiq.
Professor Lupin offers similar amounts of fun. Anytime you see the part-time werewolf on-screen, take a silver bullet for him with a can of Coors Light.
On the outskirts of the school lies the Forbidden Forest, and a trip to the woods wouldn't be complete without a visit by some centaurs. So when Harry and his friends encounter Firenze or his centaur brothers, drink some Colt 45.
Throughout the series you will hear a lot about Gringotts, the central bank for all wizards and witches in the Harry Potter universe. When you hear any characters mention the bank or visit its location, drink a shot of Goldschläger.
While in Gringotts you will also notice a plethora of goblins roaming around. After you have finished your shot of Goldschläger, wash it down with a sip of Hobgoblin Ale, which can be found at most high-end liquor stores.
Hopefully during your recent trip to the liquor store you've picked up some Ogden's Old Firewhisky. If it isn't available, consider Fireball Whiskey, because anytime you see something fire-related, you are now going to take a shot. This means that while watching The Goblet of Fire, you're going to get pretty fucked up. Also, if you see a dragon during any film, take a shot. If that dragon actually breathes a fireball, take two. If you see Harry riding his Firebolt broom, that's another shot. Hell, if you see Dumbeldore's phoenix Fawkes, take a shot.
Now that you've had quite a few drinks, you're probably feeling the effects pretty hard. We advise caution if proceeding. But if you must:
Anytime you see or hear any alcoholic beverage mentioned in a film, drink that same beverage. This includes a visit to The Leaky Cauldron (Diagon Alley's local pub) and when you see someone drink an alcoholic beverage on camera---even when Seamus tries to turn water into rum during Potions class in The Philosopher's Stone.
But perhaps you have a pretty high tolerance. To finish off the rules of our Harry Potter drinking game, we're going to concoct a pint of butterbeer. Take any normal beer you have and drop in a shot of Dr. McGillicuddy's Butterscotch Schnapps into the glass. It's kind of like an Irish Car Bomb, but more magical.
With the Harry Potter movie drinking game, you'll never be short of films to watch and drinking experiences to have with your new friends. Just try not to end up with a scar on your forehead---or anywhere else---after playing it.