Hogwarts on the Lookout for New Smartphone Wizards
Are you lazing away on your couch with your chips out of reach, yearning to magically move that pack toward you by casting an Accio spell? Or is that unpleasant coworker making you look bad at work just asking for a Riddikulus enchantment to make their nose bigger than it already is?
Well, we’re not quite there yet, but the American software company Niantic is determined to bring some magic into your life. The announcement of a new augmented reality smartphone game called Harry Potter Wizards Unite, due for release in 2018, spells fun. Following the success of Nintendo’s Pokemon Go, which motivated couch potatoes worldwide to roam their neighborhoods to catch ’em all, aspiring wizards and witches may soon take to the streets to play with virtual objects displayed on their smartphone screens.
This time, it will be even more enchanting: You’ll learn spells, discover and fight legendary beasts and gather with other wizards. The more Expecto Patronum spells you can successfully cast, the more Nifflers you’ll catch – and the more friends will ultimately join you for a round of Butterbeer.