Merlin’s Beard! A Harry Potter Pokémon Go game is happening

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If you’re a fan of Pokémon Go, you’re probably going to want in on this new game from its creators.

Calling all Harry Potter fans: you will soon be able to wander the streets casting spells, meeting beasts and discovering mysterious artifacts without being looked at askance.

The company behind Pokémon Go, Niantic, has announced its follow-up to the hugely popular collect-and-evolve game, and it’s another augmented reality offering – this time based on the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is set to launch in 2018, according to the company’s website, but further details are being kept under wraps for now, with the statement only revealing that spells and battles will form a big part of the gameplay.

“Players that have been dreaming of becoming real-life wizards will finally get the chance to experience JK Rowling’s wizarding world.

“Players will learn spells, explore their real world neighbourhoods and cities to discover and fight legendary beasts and team up with others to take down powerful enemies […] Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will leverage the full stack of the Niantic Platform while also providing an opportunity to pioneer all new technology and gameplay mechanics.”

The blog also specifically mentions the “unprecedented scale” of Pokémon Go, meaning the new game will likely be just as sprawling, with players stumbling across big finds no matter where in the world they live (as well as discovering their local park is suddenly a handy hive of mobile-based activity).

There’s little doubt that the combination of enthusiastic Potterheads and the genius behind Pokémon Go will see the game debut with much fanfare, so here’s hoping it lives up to the hype.

And if you are one of the people who breathed a sigh of relief when the fuss of Pokémon Go died down, knowing you could once again go out in public and only have the usual social media addicts tripping you up, we commiserate. Well, we would, but we’ll probably be wandering the streets looking for a Grindylow or an Acromantula…

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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.