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Screengrab from the coming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game

Harry Potter is getting the Pokemon Go treatment


This time next year you could be face-to-face with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

On Wednesday, the creators of Pokemon Go unveiled a first look at their upcoming creation, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

The trailer doesn't give any specifics other than to say the game is dropping in 2019. In the trailer, however, a player is seen grabbing the infamous golden snitch after casting an immobilus spell on it. After that, a poster appears warning viewers that the Wizarding World is at risk of exposure (gasp!).

From the game's own site: "Please resist the urge to panic. Traces of magic are appearing across the Muggle world without warning and in a rather chaotic manner. We worry it is only a matter of time before even the most incurious Muggles catch wind of it. We call on all witches and wizards to help contain the Calamity or risk the worst of times since You Know Who. Brush up on your spells, get your wand ready, and enlist immediately."

Niantic and Warner Brothers initially announced the augmented reality Harry Potter game in 2017 and planned to launch in 2018. No details were given on what caused it to move back a year.

When the game finally does go live, however, keep your eyes out for more-distracted-than-usual pedestrians on their phones.

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