It’s no stretch to say that despite the truly dark things that happen toward the end of the book and movie series, there’s a certain amount of wish fulfillment in all things Harry Potter. There’s a lot of enjoyment to be had (and money to be made, as Universal Studios Florida nods silently in agreement) in convincing people that they are the wizards in those famous J.K. Rowling stories.
We’re getting another way to make that wish come true next year. Jam City announced that it is partnering with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a “story-driven mobile RPG” that will let players pick their own path into the Wizarding World.
(One most often leading to Hufflepuff, probably!)
Hogwarts Mystery will feature a pretty full curriculum, by the sound of things, including Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions and Duelling Club, and Jam City says that “most of the iconic professors from the Harry Potter stories reprise their roles in the game” for that extra bit of authenticity. The game is being developed by Portkey Games, a new WBIE offshoot devoted strictly to working on Harry Potter titles, which sounds like a bit of a wish granted in and of itself.
You can already pre-register for updates, as one does, and visit the game’s official Facebook page for more details. We’ll keep an eye out for owls that might bring word of a release date when that time draws nearer, but until then, better limber up your wand arm and hit those books.