Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Launches Worldwide On June 21

Harry Potter fans finally get to play Wizards Unite this Friday. Niantic's latest Pokemon GO-like looks to have a chance to blow up this summer.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is the latest game from Niantic, the developers behind Pokemon Go. The team hosted a beta earlier this year in Australia and New Zealand, but soon everyone will be able to join in on the fun. The game releases worldwide this Friday. Check out the latest live action trailer below.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite casts you as a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force. There has been a massive outbreak of chaotic magic that you’re tasked with containing. These instances of magic are called Foundables in the game and dealing with them will be your main source of interaction with the app.

Foundables are somewhat of a combination between the catchable Pokemon and Poke Stops from Pokemon Go. You’ll find some Foundables out in the world, but the bulk of them are located in real-world locations. Once you discover a Foundable, you’ll need to cast various spells to take them away from Muggles and back to the wizarding world. Each spell casts energy, so you’ll also need to find different inns to recharge. You also might come across Portkeys that take you to the most iconic locations of the wizarding world.

Once you’ve gotten a handle on spellcasting, you can test yourself on one of the many Fortresses that are found on the map. These real-time battles will force you to work with friends to take on challenging evil foes. It will be interesting to see if this app can have the same impact as Pokemon Go. It certainly has the right IP to have a shot at doing so.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is coming to iOS and Android on June 21.

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