Harry Potter wizards to enchant streets in next Pokémon Go! craze

By Kitty Knowles 9 November 2017

Pokémon Go makers Niantic are releasing a new augmented game for Harry Potter fans.

Last summer it was practically impossible to leave the house without bumping into a flock of Pokémon fans on the hunt.

You may have been one of the 650 million people to have downloaded the game to date.

You may even be part of the 65 million monthly active users still playing the game a year on.

Either way, you can get ready to give up your local park to smartphone gamers again.

Niantic, the American software company behind Pokémon Go!, has just announced a spellbinding new augmented reality app based on JK Rowlings world-famous Harry Potter books.

It’s called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite – and it’s going to be huge.

Harry Potter Wizards Unite

Like Pokémon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will capitalise on the possibilities of augmented reality – tech that projects digital images into real physical spaces.

Due for release in 2018, the game will allow players to learn about ‘magic’ while exploring real world spaces, while discovering mysterious artefacts, and encountering iconic characters.

“Players will learn spells, explore their real world neighborhoods and cities to discover & fight legendary beasts, and team up with others to take down powerful enemies,” Niantic CEO John Hanke writes in a blog post.

Hanke also comments how the company’s 5-year commitment to developing AR games has turned real-world streets and cities “into a global game board” that brings people together.

“Pokémon GO brought that vision to the world at unprecedented scale and served as a catalyst for the further development of the Niantic platform,” he writes.

“With Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players that have been dreaming of becoming real life Wizards will finally get the chance to experience J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.”

The new game has been developed in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and WB Games San Francisco’s development team and is likely going to be available on Android and iPhone.

We know if you’ve ever dreamt of half-giant Hagrid telling you “You’re a wizard”, Niantic’s announcement is Christmas come early.

Harry Potter fans, have your wands at the ready – it’s nearly time to unite.