The Harry Potter universe must have its own special horcrux, because the fantasy series by J.K. Rowling never seems to die. Since 2007’s Deathly Hallows, Rowling has developed her universe further in several new short stories (due out in September 2016). It seems new stories, information, and other content is surfacing every other day on fan site Pottermore, and someone evidently thought a GO-esque game was the next logical progression.
I Solemnly Swear I Am Up To No Good…
The “enchanting” trailer for the new game begins with the words “I Solemnly Swear I Am Up To No Good” superimposed onto a background that looks like parchment paper. Fans of the series will recognize this credo from book three in the series, The Prisoner Of Azkaban.
In that book, “The Boy Who Lived” is given a magical parchment called the Marauder’s Map that allows him to see where people within his school are in real time, so to speak. The map is cleverly written in invisible ink, so the user must tap it with a wand and proclaim that they are up to no good to reveal it.
Whereas Pokemon GO had players tossing Pokeballs at creatures to capture them, the trailer features a wand being used. Players can also collect famous witch and wizard trading cards, as well as choosing one of the four Hogwarts houses to belong to.
Collectible trading cards will be found at “Magic Stops” in the real world, just as Players of Pokemon GO find items at real-world Pokestops. The University Herald discovered that the wizarding game was originally conceived to entertain fans; however, the development company behind Pokemon GO has since acquired the rights to a Potter-themed game.
Real-Life Ministers of Magic
Gamenguide found that a petition to createthe gamewas started by Ashtyn Hannon, who has been an avid fan of all things Hogwarts since she was 8 (she is now 23). Hannon mentioned that she would probably play Pokemon GO if there were one with a Harry theme. Some lifelong fans of Rowling’s series will probably feel the same, though others feel that the universe is being way overdone and is past its expiration date. Is there any way to do a universe to death? J.R.R. Tolkien didn’t seem too concerned about it.
Anyone Have A Pensieve We Can Borrow?
Unfortunately, nothing is finalized on the deal to create a new GO game. If a game goes into production, would any of the original actors return to lend their voices to their respective characters? The Independent noted that Daniel Radcliffe (The Boy Who Lived himself) would be interested in returning to act in Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, so it’s not a big stretch to think he’d lend his voice to the game.
Witches And Wizards: Where Are They Now?
Meanwhile, co-star Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) is busy executive producing a new show for streaming service Crackle, entitled Snatch. Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) has also been keeping busy, playing roles in movies like My Week With Marilyn and The Perks of Being A Wallflower, as the International Business Times will tell you.
Conjuring Up Followers
It’s possible that there could also be a number of copycat games. With the basic idea for a “GO”-style game laid out, Niantic could easily impose the ideas on other popular book or TV series (Stranger Things GO?). The popularity and uniqueness of Pokemon GO has become a nearly worldwide phenomena, and there’s nothing saying Harry Potter might not have the same potential. The book series has captured the imagination of thousands of readers across the world, so it’s not a huge stretch to think the game might do the same.
There’s no word yet on how J.K. Rowling feels about the possibility of a new game. However, since she continues to pour her heart and soul into the world of Hogwarts and beyond, it’s likely she would approve of such a game. This constant expansion means the game would have plenty of content to draw on. So, what are your thoughts on Harry Potter GO? Is the world ready? Was one GO game enough? Let us know below.