Oh. My. App-ledore! More Harry Potter video games are on the way. Warner Brothers has announced that several games are coming down the Floo Network for console (like Switch, PS4, and Xbox) and mobile (iOS/Android).
Lee Jordan, get ready to commentate. WB has created a new group called Portkey Games who’ll develop several new Harry Potter video games based in the Wizarding World for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and iOS/Android. The first game was announced simultaneously with Portkey Games: It’s called Harry Potter Wizards Unite, and will be in the style of Pokemon Go.
Portkey Games is teaming up with Niantic, the creators of PoGo, to develop the game. The latter’s involvement appears mostly to do with the augmented reality element, which’ll let us explore our local areas with Wizarding World twists. WB appears to be handling the rest of the game’s development. It’s expected to be released in the second half of 2018.
The second new Harry Potter video game is one that is actually coming out before Harry Potter Go: It’s called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery and launches April 25, 2018.
The game, available for iOS and Android, lets you experience all seven years at Hogwarts as your own character. What’s more, Hogwarts Mystery is set in the ’80s. This means you’ll run into familiar characters who are students at the time, including Bill Weasley and Nymphadora Tonks.
Developers were lucky enough to get several movie actors to voice their characters in the new game. Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), and Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick), Sally Mortemore (Madam Irma Pince), Gemma Jones (Madam Pomfrey), Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch) are all reprising their roles.
Hogwarts Mystery lets you duel, take classes, explore Hogwarts, and more. Finally, fans of the Wizarding World get to take Harry Potter on the go!
Harry Potter video game wishlist
Harry Potter Wizards Unite
There’s already a lot riding on this one since Pokemon Go was (and still kinda is) crazy popular. Here’s what we know: We’ll be able to “cast spells, discover mysterious artefacts, and build up your very own, illustrious wizarding career.” We’ll also get to run into “iconic wizarding world characters”. I’m hoping to see Dumbledore hanging out at my local gay bar.
What would I like to see in this game?
- At registration, users should be able to receive Hogwarts House, Patronus, and wand assignments. Better yet: I’d like the app to connect with my existing Pottermore account so all of our info is in sync.
- I’d like to be able to add my friends to the game so I can see their details and progress.
- I want to be able to catch beasts, find galleons, kill Death Eaters, and flirt with cute Gryffindors.
- In addition to pitting beasts against one another, there should be just as much focus on wizarding duels. I’d like to compete against people in other Hogwarts Houses for the House Cup.
- I want it to be stable — no pesky bugs! Pokemon Go was plagued by issues, but hopefully with WB leading development the app will be as solid as an Azkaban prison.
Other new Harry Potter video games: A wishlist
Wizards Unite is only half the story. It’s been six years since a significant Harry Potter video game was released (it was tied in with the Deathly Hallows movie), so we’re way overdue for new ones. And yes, despite the series being finished, we are due: WB and J.K. Rowling are creating four more Fantastic Beasts movies; theme parks are welcoming thousands of people every day; The Cursed Child is expanding to two more cities. Potter fever is high.
As we await more information about the forthcoming Harry Potter games for Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox, iOS and Android, here are a few ideas I’d love to see.
Quidditch World Cup
One of my favorite Harry Potter video games back in the day was Quidditch World Cup. It was a game by EA that let you compete in matches either at Hogwarts (using any of the four Hogwarts Houses) or around the world. Each country’s Quidditch Pitch had a unique design. It even gave you a chance to play the sport in the U.S.A. — a dream come true for a then Potter-loving teenager.
Quidditch World Cup was released on a variety of systems in 2003: Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance. In other words, it was everywhere.
Imagine a new game just like this one in beautiful HD graphics on Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, or Xbox One. You could play online with friends or random Potterheads around the globe, competing in tournaments and working your way through the ranks. Since this game was published we’ve learned about several Wizarding Schools in canon, so this game could let us play at places like Ilvermorny!
And if we can’t get that, how about some simple broom racing? Knock your opponents down with some well-timed spells. And the more you play, the better the broom you can purchase.
LEGO Harry Potter
Several years ago Travelers Tales and Warner Brothers developed two excellent games — LEGO Harry Potter Years 1 – 4 and LEGO Harry Potter Years 5 – 7. They’re available for Wii, DS, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and 4, and others. With overall reviews of 79 and 80 on MetaCritic, the LEGO Potters were well received by fans of all obsession levels. Best of all, Travelers Tales put their classic LEGO touch on it: The games were adorable, quirky, and surprising.
Instead of making new ones set in the world of Fantastic Beasts, I’d love if the original LEGO Harry Potters were ported and upgraded for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. This isn’t too crazy of an idea — LEGO Harry Potter just got released for Playstation 4 in October 2016. Let’s get these classics on other modern systems so we can continue to enjoy them.
‘Time Turner Twist’
How about a game for mobile in which you have to turn back time to fix situations like Buckbeak/Sirius, and avoid being seen? It’d be fun to race against the clock as you try to take care of a couple of tasks, all while avoiding being seen by any wizards.
‘My First Beast’
This is another mobile idea: A game where you capture a beast and have to take good care of it. The game opens with your wizard character perusing the Forbidden Forest, seeking out one of over 100 animals. The first one you’re able to successfully capture is yours to take care of, Tamagotchi style. Feed it, play with it, give it water, train it to maintain its magical abilities, and use it to battle other beasts.
A Harry Potter Massively Mulitplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG)
This is the big one. The one Harry Potter fans have actually been clamoring for. J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World is begging to be turned into a MMORPG thanks to the level of detail she put into her seven books. Imagine an open world video game where you could experience all seven years at Hogwarts. You could board the Hogwarts Express, train to become a N.E.W.T.-passing wizard, peruse the Hogwarts Castle grounds, take a secret tunnel to Hogsmeade, battle trolls, play Quidditch, compete in duels, clean up the Weasley’s house, visit the House Elves, bury Dobby, collect Horcruxes, defeat Voldemort, and so much more.
It’s high time that we get a Harry Potter MMORPG, and with Warner Brothers seemingly setting up their own Harry Potter Video Game Department, now is the perfect time to get this going. It wouldn’t even necessarily need to be set during Harry’s timeline — it could be back in the ’20s, during Newt’s story. We would still get to visit Hogwarts and encounter beloved characters.