"Harry Potter" Version of Pokémon Go Debuts

There are certain movies that deserve to be watched over and over again, and the entire Harry Potter series falls into this category beautifully.

"We are delighted to welcome the Harry Potter films to our catalogue of award-winning original programming and crowd-pleasing theatrical films", said Bruce Grivetti, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and President, Film Programming.

The app developer wizards (pun intended) at Niantic, the company that created Pokemon GO, are in the process of developing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite in partnership with Warner Bros., the studio behind all the movies. They will all be released under a new label - Portkey Games - so-named because Portkeys transport wizards from place to place in the books.

Niantic Labs has enjoyed enormous success by taking on Nintendo's popular "Pokemon" franchise to produce "Pokemon Go". The game will use real location which allow players to "catch" animated characters that appeared in their real surroundings.

Like Pokémon Go, the game's emphasis will be on going out and exploring the real world through a smartphone and its camera.

HBO announced Thursday that it will be the only place to stream all eight Harry Potter movies starting January 1, 2018. That's why it's such big news that the company has announced the hit game's successor.

The game "will reveal that magic is all around us", reads the press release. "Stay tuned to our social channels for updates as we work to bring this game to life". In the game, players learn spells and fight "legendary" beats - teaming up with others to take down more powerful enemies.


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