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Here's what people have been saying about Spellbound:


"We arranged Spellbound for my husband's 40th. It was our first murder mystery and it won't be our last. We played Spellbound and it was a lot of fun. Everybody got dressed up and got into character. It was fun watching all the alliances and lying going on. Time got the better of us. I would say it would be best to have a librarian's assistant as there was a lot going on. Looking forward to playing the next one. "
Laura Graham, United Kingdom


"Spellbound was a great game, and everyone enjoyed it (including 6 novices!). I thought the structure, with the regular exam tasks, worked very well. The library was fun too, and enabled me to give a bit of extra help to some people, without being too obvious."
A Customer


"Thought you might like to know how Spellbound went. We played it this last Saturday and I think it went well over all. This is our family's third one of your games we have played in the past year! Bottom line, everyone had a fun night. Thanks for providing great games. Keep it up! "
Cindy Haacke, Utah, USA


"Thank you so much for creating a Harry potter-esque Murder Mystery. I hosted Spellbound in October and my guests ate it up! While no-one correctly guessed the murderer, they had a lot of fun just plotting and scheming the whole way through."
Samantha Roberts, United States

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Spellbound – a present-day murder mystery party game with a magical setting for 13 to 17 guests

"Spellbound was an amazing game and led to a magical evening full of intrigue and betrayal and enough stories to last the rest of the weekend. Thank you so much."
Daniel Langley, United Kingdom

Recommended for ages 12+
Costs US$29.99
Written by Lisa Perez

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Spellbound is a murder mystery party game for 13 to 17 guests and one or two hosts – download the free introductory pdf file.

Note that Spellbound starts with a crime that is not a murder, but a theft of memory – so as to make it more appropriate for younger people.

Join us in an enchanted evening of magic, mayhem, and mystery! You will be in the middle of the action and it will be up to you to wheel and deal with the other guests. Can you achieve your goals, keep your secrets hidden and survive Spellbound? It's up to you.


Welcome to the Tremaine School of Magic, which is located within an ancient British castle. The castle is built at the top of a cliff and is miles from the nearest town or city. Students and Professors live in the castle during the school year, but today is the last day of school before summer break.

Last night, someone painted a red X on the Headmaster's door. This morning Professor Bennet, the Headmaster, woke up unable to remember anything. Not even his own name! Parents are convinced that the school is under some sort of magical attack, and the professors have announced that if the culprit is not caught, the school will close and will not reopen next year. Professor Riley Karlsen, the most senior teacher, is overseeing investigations. No-one may leave the school grounds before the end of the school day. Anyone caught doing so will be presumed guilty and detained for questioning.

Even with all of that going on, today is still the dreaded day of finals. Each professor will give an exam and grade the students' performance, and a full scholarship will be awarded to the student with the highest grades.

Let's hope the students' memories are working better than the unfortunate Professor Bennet's!

Our customers enjoying our Spellbound murder mystery game

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Sorcerer's Scoop

Spellbound lasts for about four hours and is suited to an evening. It is often played over a meal – a finger buffet if possible to allow guests to circulate and talk in private.

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the Sorcerer's Scoop – plus details of how to buy the game.

Includes rules for the use of poison. Includes rules for the use of poison.Includes rules for combat. Includes rules for combat.Does not start with a murder that needs solving. Does not start with a murder that needs solving.

Our customers enjoying our Spellbound murder mystery game

These are the characters in Spellbound:

  • Angela McIntosh – A smart, studious girl
  • Blair Jones – A fun-loving, friendly student; the class clown
  • Casey Lansing – A rebellious rule-breaker
  • Dave White – A smart, studious boy
  • Detective Alex Rogers – Detective Stephens's partner, also investigating the case
  • Detective Kerry Stephens – The head detective investigating the case
  • Erick Bennet – The son of Professor Bennet
  • Jason Edwards – The most popular boy in school, dating Shantell Andersen
  • Julie Andersen – The smartest girl in school, Shantell's sister
  • Nina Brown – A socially awkward, quiet student
  • Professor Lee Roderick – Professor of Alchemy
  • Professor Riley Karlsen – Professor of Transformation
  • Professor Skyler Patterson – Professor of Foretelling
  • Ryan O'Callaghan – A good-looking, arrogant student
  • Shantell Andersen – The most popular girl in school, Julie's sister, dating Jason Edwards
  • Taylor Martin – A rich and popular student
  • Veronica Olsen – A rich and popular student, best friends with Shantell
Number of
13 4 5 4
14 4 5 5
15 4 5 6
16 4 5 7
17 4 5 8

How Freeform Games Murder Mysteries Work

Spellbound is unlike many murder mystery games. Although the game starts with the attack on Professor Bennet, most of the characters have more important things to do than to investigate it. And the attacks may not be over – no-one is safe!

Spellbound is played just like a murder mystery game. You may be trying to solve the murder, but primarily you are (initially at least) concentrating on your own goals and objectives. Unlike most boxed murder mystery games, Spellbound lets you decide how to achieve your goals and thwart your enemies.

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Librarian, and welcomed to the Tremaine School of Magic. They then receive their detailed backgrounds – including dark secrets, objectives and money. The fun then begins as they form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items and maybe even try to attack one another! Depending on what the players choose to do, there are several different possible endings, but finally everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.

Recommended for ages 12+

Extra characters

Sometimes you have too many guests and you need more characters. So we've written a free extra character for each of our games that you can add in, and some of our customers have created their own characters for their parties and are kindly willing to share them.

  • 'Ginger' Roberts – freelance reporter in search of the Big Story. (Any)
    (by Freeform Games)
  • Harley Garrick – school groundskeeper. (Any)
    (by Nathanial McConnell)
  • Patrick O'Grady – the new kid (M)
    (by Andreah Mathews)
  • Sally May – the school nurse (F)
    (by Andreah Mathews)

Please note that we haven't always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.

IMPORTANT – if you've bought the game, you can download the files for these characters from the download page where you got your main game files. Contact us if you need the link and password to get back to that page.

ALSO IMPORTANT – you shouldn't add too many of these characters in to your game as they haven't been designed to work together (unlike the main game characters). If you add in several, they may make your game chaotic and incoherent. You should probably instead choose a larger game. If you still want to add several extra characters (four or more), we recommend having an extra host to help.

Purchasing Spellbound

Spellbound costs US $29.99. You can buy it from anywhere in the world. The price will be converted back into your own currency for you, at today's exchange rate.

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