Ready your owls, wands and potions budding students of Hogwarts, it’s time to head to Diagon Alley; or at least, the app store equivalent of it.
Announced over a year ago and fully unveiled today, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite shall be the wizarding world version of Pokémon Go, which was also developed by Niantic. In this augmented reality experience, you’ll be taking on the role of a dedicated student to hide J.K Rowling’s popular world from unsuspecting Muggle eyes through magic battles with creatures and entities.
The teaser gives a solid glimpse of what you can expect, as a young witch appears out of nowhere and effortlessly catches a snitch, presumably to hide it from potentially bewildered muggle bystanders. The witch then creates a poster calling for help to deal with the Wizarding World being exposed, which she then rather idiotically leaves up for literally everyone (including the security camera) to see.
According to the official and recently updated Harry Potter: Wizards Unite website you (and anyone else who downloads the game upon release) have an important role to play.
“Your journey begins as a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, established by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards for the purpose of investigating and containing The Calamity.”
Essentially, you’ll be preserving the secrecy of the Wizarding World by running around different landmarks to defeat threats and hide secrets.
Snippets of gameplay so far have revealed the boggart Ron encountered in the Prisoner of Azkaban, and travelling through Portkey’s to iconic locations and Wizarding battles. Gameplay will seem to consist of discovering and returning ‘Foundables’ to the wizarding world, replenishing items such as spell energy and potions, discovering portkeys to famed locations and testing your skills in combat in co-operation with other students against foul creatures like Death-Eaters and Dementors. Hopefully Professor Umbridge will also be a target to fight against, just to really stick it to that hag.
So far it sounds very similar to Pokémon Go with a Harry Potter paint job. We won’t know for sure if it’s different or the same until it’s release date, which hasn’t been revealed and is presumed to be at some point this year in 2019.