'Harry Potter' Is Resurfacing - This Fandom Is Getting A New Push

Harry Potter Wizards Unite

The premium network announced today that all eight films in the Harry Potter franchise will be available starting on January 1st, 2018.

Last year Niantic denied reports that a Harry Potter game was in the works - dashing the hopes of the boy wizard's fanbase - but it appears now they simply weren't ready to divulge details regarding the project. Interactive and WB Games San Francisco's development team to bring J.K. Rowling's magical world to life in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, which is set to arrive next year. As they did in Pokemon GO, players will have to get out and go for a walk to really make the most of the game, exploring their neighbourhoods and uncovering artefacts, new spells, beloved characters (can't wait to bump into Luna Lovegood at Highpoint for no reason) and Fantastic Beasts. It has previously developed Lego-branded tie-in titles via its TT Games subsidiary as well partnering with Electronic Arts to create action-adventures that launched alongside the movies.

Instead of using inspiration from the popular anime series Pokemon, the creators are targeting another cultural icon with a big fan base - Harry Potter.

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"Niantic Labs had tremendous success with Pokémon Go, which paired their expertise in building location-based augmented reality mobile experiences with a top-flight IP with a ravenous fan base", TechCrunch wrote.

"I think the Harry Potter game is a huge deal", Piers Harding-Rolls of IHS Markit consultancy told the BBC.

It will be on their Niantic platform, which, if you've followed 'Pokemon Go' at all, is derived from a game called 'Ingress.' The platform is basically the same, only instead of the portals, those are your PokeStops.

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