While the rest of the world is preoccupied with the latest game that’s taking the world by storm – Pokémon Go, fans of the wizarding world have some different ideas in mind. Instead of running around looking for Pokémon, Harry Potter
fans are now demanding for the same augmented-reality experience but set in the Harry Potter
universe. It didn’t take long until fans set up an online petition
pleading the Warner Bros. and Niantic to bring the game to life. The petition currently has 52,259 supporters, nearing their 55,000 mark.
The petition listed out some pretty cool possibilities, and if the game were eventually brought to life, this could be on the cards – the ability to cast spells, have a wizard duel with your friends, hunt magical creatures such as hippogriffs and dragons, and even search for the seven Horcruxes
. Now, doesn’t that sound like a fun-filled, magical experience? Stargaze Media even produced a mock-up video on what the game would look like if it were launched.
Just recently, Near Human Intelligence also released their version of a mock-up Harry Potter Go with more realistic details and features of the game.
To date, neither Niantic nor Warner Bros. have made any announcement pertaining to the game but it’s only a matter of time until some game developer seizes the opportunity to do so. However, according to Game N Guide
, senior developer at Niantic, Marcus Figueroa confirmed that they have indeed acquired the rights to a potential "Harry Potter Go" game and are currently working on it. The game may include schools of witchcraft and wizardry, a quest system and massive interactive events.
The game is rumoured to be released early next year but nothing has been officially set in stone as of yet. At the same time, there are also sceptics who believe thatthe game will never be materialized. So, will we ever get a Harry Potter
version of Pokemon Go? Only time will tell. In the meantime, we can all keep ourselves busy with the upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
or keep our noses buried in the new Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
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