Hog­warts on the Look­out for New Smart­phone Wiz­ards

METROPOLE - Vienna in English - - WEIRD NEWS -

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.

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