This is great news for Potterheads! Any fan of J.K. Rowling's epic tale of boy wizard Harry Potter would no doubt jump at the chance to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and now they're one step closer. Jam City, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and Portkey Games will be releasing a new role-playing game for your smartphone called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, and many of the cast of the hit movies are involved.
The game will allow players to create their own character who will then experience life as a Hogwarts student. While the game is set at Hogwarts, don't expect to see Harry Potter, Hermione Granger or Ron Weasley roaming the halls. The game is set in the wizarding world that fans of the books and movies are familiar with, but before Potter and his friends arrive. Although Potter won't be part of the game, fans will see plenty of familiar faces.
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Dame Maggie Smith and other cast members from the Harry Potter movies have all lent their voice talents to the game. Smith, who played Professor McGonagall is joined by Warwick Davis, who played Professor Flitwick; and Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore; Sally Mortemore, who was Madam Irma Pince; Gemma Jones, who was Madam Pomfrey; and Zoe Wanamaker, who was Madam Hooch. The official Facebook for the app shared photos of Smith, Gambon and Davis posing alongside their game avatars, delighting fans at the prospect of seeing some of the favourite movie cast members reunited in the game.
As reported by THR, Smith, whose Professor McGonagall was the head of Gryffindor House and who taught transfiguration, said, “If I could attend Hogwarts as a student, I would be most excited to attend the potions class taught by Severus because it is the most exotic.” Jam City CEO Chris DeWolfe said of the game:
Our goal with Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is to make players really feel for the first time like they're attending Hogwarts. By including these iconic and incredibly talented actors in the game, we come one step closer to truly giving fans their own Hogwarts experience.
Players of the game will be able to choose their own house, create friendships, interact with their favourite professors, learn spells and master potions all while earning points and unlocking new, magical mysteries. Fans of the hit series will no doubt be eager to download the game once it's available, but you can already pre-register on the game's official site so you're one of the first to know all the updates.
While fans of the wizarding world of Harry Potter will be able to revisit some of Rowling's magical world when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theatres in November, this game allows fans to revisit the magic of Hogwarts as an active participant instead of just watching the magic onscreen. This isn't going to be the only Harry Potter-themed game released this year, either. Niantic announced late last year they will be partnering with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WB Games to launch Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. This is said to be a game where players, "will learn spells, explore their real world neighborhoods and cities to discover & fight legendary beasts and team up with others to take down powerful enemies," in a style similar to that of Pokemon Go.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will be available to download in the App Store and Google Play Store on April 25. While the download will be free, in-app purchases will be available.