Portkey Games announces Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery for smartphones

Ruben Ruiz
December 13, 2017

"Nothing like this has ever been done before", says Jam City CEO Chris DeWolfe of creating a mobile experience around the Harry Potter franchise. No release date has been set for the game.

According to the press release posted on Pottermore on Tuesday, students will be able to participate in organized activities like dueling clubs and attend classes, some of which will have familiar faces in them (as Pottermore notes, for better or for worse!).

Both Hogwarts Mystery and Wizards Unite are being overseen by Portkey Games, Warner Bros.' dedicated new Harry Potter games label. Yguado said the target is a spring launch, and he said the team has already been working on it for two years. Do you remember the PS2 games where you could wander the halls, speak to Hagrid and pick up All Flavour Beans all over the gaff? With the innumerable amount of games that have come out under the Harry Potter brand, it's striking that we've never played as a non-canonical character before. Since it is being referred to as a "story-driven mobile RPG" we can assume that fans will be treated to a new storyline in the grand Harry Potter universe.

"Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery" is available starting next year via the App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. The AR game is being developed by Niantic Labs, the company behind the massively popular "Pokemon Go".

You could trawl through Tumblr, Reddit and Twitter and find any number of fan theories about Harry's parents dying and Snape's love for Lilly Potter. The Harry Potter films, produced by Warner Bros.

"We are writing stories that fit squarely in the world but take it in new directions", said Josh Yguado, the chief operating officer at Jam City, to VentureBeat.

Jam City is a global leader in mobile entertainment, providing social game experiences for millions of players around the world.

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