Over the weekend, I read reports on websites such as HelloGiggles and UniLad about a Niantic Employee confirming that they had acquired the rights to make a Harry Potter version of Pokémon GO. Whilst I was sceptical from the get-go, I knew that it would be a smart business move, especially considering the recent re-emergance of the Harry Potter franchise.
The story was originally reported by a website called JTHX News. The original article in question appears to look completely legitimate, going as far as citing a quote from an IGN interview with one of Niantic’s Senior Developers.
“We have acquired the rights for the app. The demand for this title was absolutely insane, so we figured we’d give it a shot. We want to do something with schools of witchcraft and wizardry, similar to pokestops in Pokémon GO. As wells a quest system, and possibly large scale completely interactive events, but no promises. That’s all I can say.”
Unfortunately upon digging a little deeper, the website doesn’t have any other content on the site and the interview cannot be found on IGN. When doing a quick Google search on the developer, everything leads back to this one article.
Whilst I’d expect to see a massive surge in Augmented Reality apps, unfortunately it looks almost certain that nothing has been locked in for any other major franchises.
The people of the internet obviously want Harry Potter GO with the hashtag #WeNeedHarryPotterGO trending on Twitter over the weekend.
Imagine you're able to cast spells, ride brooms, play quidditch & destroye horcruxes THAT WOULD BE BLOODY HELL COOL #WeNeedHarryPotterGO