A 'Harry Potter' Version of Pokemon Go Is Coming: 6 Things Muggles Want To See

Good news and bad news, Harry Potter fans. The good news: Niantic Labs, the company that brought you the freakishly addictive Pokémon Go, is creating a new augmented reality games set in the Potterverse. The bad news: You'll never, ever get any work done again. 

According to TechCrunch, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is coming in 2018. And this time, like magic, it's real. Last year, rumors flew that the Niantic game was coming in 2017—only for Snopes to dash Muggles' hopes.

Not much is known about the gameplay, but Wizards Unite will reportedly be less like Pokémon Go and more like another Niantic app, Ingress. In that game, players use location-based AR to collect power-ups and complete missions while following a sci-fi narrative. The imagination soars like Hedwig thinking how that might translate to bringing the spells and magical creatures of the Wizarding World into ours.

Potter-heads have been burned by the promise of magical gameplay before. When Pottermore launched in 2011, fans had to wade through confusing potion-making and spell-casting games in order to access an archive of previously unpublished Harry Potter writing from J.K. Rowling.

If the success of Pokémon Go is any indication, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be a much different story—especially if a few of these wicked ideas are part of the experience.

Summoning charms

Accio Harry casts a summoning charm in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.' Warner Bros.

Muggles have accepted that shouting "Accio!" at the remote will never work, but this game should at least let us pretend. We'll settle for a digital object zooming toward us.

Wand Work

levitation "Swish and flick" is the wand movement Professor Flitwick teaches the class in "Sorcerer's Stone." Warner Bros.

Speaking of charms, it'd be great to get some more lessons from Professor Flitwick. We know that a levitation charm requires a swish and flick, and now Wizards Unite has the chance to assign specific hand movements to the other hundreds of spells.

Magical Creatures

Dobby-650x392 Dobby the House Elf in 'Chamber of Secrets.' Warner Bros.

Magical creatures scattered throughout everyday life could easily provide a lot of the same laughs Pokémon Go provided users. Think of the screenshots: House Elves on the bus, Thestrals at the airport and Pygmy Puffs in the bathroom. The Snapchat possibilities are endless!

Houses / Sorting

sortinghat-1600x720 The Sorting Hat in 'Sorcerer's Stone.' Warner Bros.

Pokémon Go has teams, so there needs to be a House Cup in the Harry Potter game, obviously. But forget that "it is the choices you make that define you" crap. Give us a proper Sorting ceremony!

Patronus Charms

harry-potter-patronus Harry casts a Patronus spell. Warner Bros.

If users get a House, then we most definitely need a Patronus. This is an advanced charm, so it could be a good bonus for a reaching a higher level. 

The Golden Trio

harry-potter-trio Harry, Ron and Hermione, the golden trio. Warner Bros.

If missions are part of Wizards Unite, as they are in Ingress, you need someone to assign them. The obvious person for the job is Harry Potter himself—he is canonically Head Auror of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement in 2017—or Hermione Granger, Minister of Magic. (Ron runs the joke shop Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes with his brother George, but surely he can help.)

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