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Pokémon GO Trainers Can Reserve Their Name for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

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Pokémon GO players can now reserve their user names for upcoming AR mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

To reserve your name, you’ll need to head to the website and select the option to use your Pokémon Go Trainer Nickname. If you play Ingress (or would rather use that name), you can select to use your Ingress Agent Name instead.

Since Ingress and Pokémon GO do not share user names, it’s possible your name could be used by another person from the other game. Name reservations will happen on a first come, first served basis. You have until midnight on April 30 to reserve your name.

All three games are developed by Niantic, Inc. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is developed in conjunction with WB Games and Portkey Games. Like Niantic’s other mobile games, it will use augmented reality to display magical environments and creatures in the real world, via your smartphone.

Niantic provided the first details of Wizards Unite last month. Players take on the role of a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force. The goal is to investigate magical aberrations that threaten to expose the wizarding world. You’ll be able to cast spells, collect Foundables, unlock Portkeys, and battle enemies in Wizarding Challenges.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will launch later this year.

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Protect the Muggle World from the Calamity in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

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The first details have emerged for upcoming mobile AR game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Developed by Niantic, Inc (Pokémon GO) and published by WB Games, Wizards Unite has players taking on the role of wizards searching the real world, casting spells, and defeating enemies.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is an Augmented Reality mobile game designed by the developers of super popular AR game Pokémon GO. The ongoing story involves an event called The Calamity. The Calamity causes magical creatures, artifacts, and people to cross over into the Muggle (non-wizarding) world.

Players become new recruits under the Statute of Secrecy Task Force to investigate The Calamity.

As an AR game, Wizards Unite will use a real world GPS map to overlay magical incursions, called Traces. Traces will lead to Foundables, which are more likely to appear in prominent social locations such as parks, libraries, monuments, galleries, and college campuses. You’ll need to cast spells to send them back to the wizarding world and earn rewards through the in-game registry.

Casting spells will consume Spell Energy. Spell Energy can be replenished at Inns, which are found at even more real world locations (PokéStops, basically). Ingredients can also be found and used to brew potions to augment spells and replenish energy. Special Portmanteaus can be unlocked to reveal Portkeys. Portkeys can transport you to full 360-degree AR locations from the Harry Potter series, such as Ollivander’s Wand Shop.

Real-time battles will be available at Fortresses. These locations feature Wizarding Challenges against familiar foes like Death Eaters. Wizards can team up to take on higher level challenges and earn greater rewards. Everyone can specialize in a different magical area, called Professions, making teamwork all the more critical.

A release date has not yet been announced for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. You can pre-register now via email and the Google Play store on Android.

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It’s Christmastime at Hogwarts in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

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Mobile RPG Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’s next seasonal event celebrates Christmas, beginning today. All four wizarding houses will feature a prominent Christmas tree. Players can jump onto the official social media channels to vote for their favorite ornament.

To celebrate the holidays, each Hogwarts House is getting an appropriately themed Christmas tree: red for Gryffindor, green for Slytherin, blue for Ravenclaw, and yellow for Hufflepuff.

Starting on December 6 through December 12, players can vote on their favorite ornaments. The ornaments will be shown via the official Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

The winner will be displayed on each Christmas tree on December 13 via a special video. This tree-reveal video will also tease a new limited time side quest featuring the Weasleys. It was also reveal DIY instructions on how to create your own real world replica of the winning tree ornament.

“Players of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery are highly engaged in not only the secrets, spell- casting and classes of Hogwarts, but also its rituals and celebrations,” said Josh Yguado, Jam City President and COO. “The winter holidays are a special time at Hogwarts, and we invite players to join us in bringing the cheer and trimmings of the season to the legendary school. We’re excited to celebrate the holidays with fans, and look forward to the many adventures ahead!”

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is available on iOS and Android.

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Battle the Dark Arts in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Halloween Event

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Hogwarts is getting into the Halloween spirit. This October brings new Dark Arts-themed content to mobile RPG Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.

Hogwarts gets a full spooky makeover filled with pumpkins as well as the many ghosts of Hogwarts, including Nearly Headless Nick. Students will need to investigate the mysteries disappearance of their brother, and deal with different sinister threats like Boggarts depending on their school year.

Beginning around mid-October a new seasonal side quest will begin. A full moon rises and Hogwarts is invaded by dark forces. Students will need to use their defensive spells to combat them.

A special Dueling Club event will also be added. Melefors Jinx will allow you to transform your opponents heads into a pumpkin.

“This October, we’re exploring the darker side of Hogwarts,” said Josh Yguado, Jam City President and COO. “From the Halloween feast in the Great Hall, to our in-game events and side quests, players will have the chance to experience a full month of October festivities, ranging from fun to fearsome.”

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery launched earlier this year on iOS and Android mobile devices. It’s been celebrated as a high quality mobile RPG that lets you customize your own wizarding student and attend classes at Hogwarts. It’s been criticized for limited energy and microtransactions. It’s free-to-play with in-app purchases. It’s rated 12+.