Harry Potter Version Of Pokémon Go Has Launched And It Looks Seriously Addictive

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Gaming
Published 02.05.19

It’s been a long time coming and now there’s finally a Harry Potter version of Pokémon Go for us all to dive in to.

I say “all”, I mean the people of New Zealand and Australia… for some reason. You’d have thought it would be the company in which Harry Potter is based but no dice. Oceania. Obviously.


Remember how happy the world was when Pokémon Go came out? Remember how cheerful everyone was and how they were actually walking? On purpose and everything. Good times but as all eras do, they died out and now only a handful of people are still paying attention to the Pokémon-hunting game.

Well coming from the same people, Niantic, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is being rolled out in a beta mode and fans are pretty excited.


By the looks of things, the game is very similar to Pokémon Go, with the main difference being that there’s actually more to do.

Initially, you set the game up by jotting down your name, profession and job, and then you get going, coming across some friendly faces that need your help and, because this is Harry Potter, some pretty evil people that need defeating.


Wizards Unite starts with a message reading: “The wizarding world is at risk of exposure. We need your help,” whatever that means, and then you’re essentially on your own, freeing Hagrid, fighting Death Eathers and subduing beasts.

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Just a day in the life of a wiz.

Niantic released a statement, saying:

Witches and wizards in Australia and New Zealand are now invited to participate in the ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ beta co-developed and co-published by WB Games San Francisco and Niantic, Inc., under the Portkey Games label.


Download today on the App Store or Google Play to start testing the game and help provide feedback that will improve the game experience.


There’s an awful lot of moving around and waving your phone about though. Seems to me like you’d look like a total idiot if you were seen playing this on the street. At least Pokémon Go was somewhat subtle.

Well, to paraphrase that awful girl on TikTok, there’s the tea.

Enjoy it, Kiwis and Aussies. Enjoy it.

Images via Niantic, Warner Bros.