HBO GO/NOW getting all eight Harry Potter movies in 2018

Pokémon Go creator Niantic will release a Harry Potter AR game in 2018

The cast of Harry Potter attend an exclusive preview of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort on June 18, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.

"We are delighted to welcome the Harry Potter films to our catalogue of award-winning original programming and crowd-pleasing theatrical films", said Bruce Grivetti, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and President, Film Programming.

Hold the phone! No literally, that's how the new game from Pokemon Go makers will let users explore the wizarding world of Harry Potter. It has previously developed Lego-branded tie-in titles via its TT Games subsidiary as well partnering with Electronic Arts to create action-adventures that launched alongside the movies.

It's hard to exaggerate the success of Pokémon Go, Niantic's augmented reality game.

Instead of using inspiration from the popular anime series Pokemon, the creators are targeting another cultural icon with a big fan base - Harry Potter.

Pokemon Go has been an enormous hit for Niantic Labs.

The game "will reveal that magic is all around us", reads the press release.

"I think the Harry Potter game is a huge deal", commented Piers Harding-Rolls from the IHS Markit consultancy.

Relatively few details have been provided at this point about the forthcoming game, except that it will involve players learning spells before exploring their neighbourhoods to search for mysterious artefacts and fight "legendary beasts" with the option to team up with others to "take down powerful enemies". The only thing we can hope is somehow Niantic works with J.K. Rowling on this app, and sets up a sorting hat situation to determine your "teams" via houses, rather than just choosing what team you're on, like in 'Pokemon Go'.

The Harry Potter AR game has been long rumored but was ultimately labeled a hoax by fact-checking site Snopes.

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