To this day, the Harry Potter money making train hasn’t come to a full stop at King’s Cross Station Platform 9-3/4.
Universal Studios in Orlando, FL has two massive sections of two of their parks dedicated to the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” You can still purchase HP branded merchandise from retail outlets, catalogs, and online boutiques.
All eight of the blockbuster movies are sold just about everywhere and Pottermore.com boasts millions of users.
Rowling has continued her HP-theme writings with many other shorter books, a play called Cursed Child, the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and dozens of other works.
Although things haven’t been at a standstill for Rowling, she hasn’t experienced any Harry Potter fever for some time. That’s will change sometime next year, however.
The biggest craze of 2016 was Niantic’s Pokemon Go mobile game and shortly after the insanely popular fad got off the ground there was rumors that the developers were working on a Harry Potter version.
The rumors were immediately debunked but apparently, that was just to keep it under wraps a little longer. Now, the time has come.
TechCrunch is reporting that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an AR title co-developed by Niantic, Warner Bros. Interactive, and its new sub-brand Portkey Games, is set to launch in 2018:
The app is now official, but the details are still scarce, with the launch timeframe of just sometime next year, but it sounds like there will be significant influence from the Niantic game Ingress, which allows players to roam the real world collecting power-ups, defending locations and exploring their environment.
The mechanics of Ingress would actually translate pretty well to the fictional Harry Potter universe, and seems almost ready-made for a fantasy spell casting coat of paint to replace its science-fiction special forces veneer. Also, like Pokémon Go, it could benefit from the location database built up by Ingress originally (and expanded by the Pokémon title) to incorporate real-world locations into the in-game experience.