Wizards Unite: two weeks in

Wizards Unite is the new mobile app game by the Wizarding World corporation, the company that manages all of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts juggernaut franchises.

Wizards Unite is currently only available in Australia and NZ, giving the rest of the Potter world extreme FOMO. Developed by Niantic – the company behind Pokemon Go – and Portkey Games, the gaming developers for Wizarding World, it follows the same idea of Augmented Reality, giving you a chance to be a witch or wizard that has been recruited to maintain the Statute of Secrecy and protect the muggle world from ‘leaks’ of magic, known as the Calamity. More on this later.

This is what we learnt after playing for two weeks.

Warning – spoilers of major plotlines from the game below.

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It’s Harry!

Spell accuracy is less important than speed.

To collect the most XP per Confoundable, try tracing the spell quickly. Throw down a potion that can give you greater XP caught during a 30min period (Baruffio’s Brain elixir) or the Extimulo potion to improve your casting accuracy.

Amazing character design.

At night, vampires and centaurs emerge which you must battle. We are expecting werewolves the next time there is a full moon. Characters from the books and films bear an uncanny resemblance to the actors that play them.

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Solving the overall mystery of the Calamity adds another layer to the game.

The overarching plot of the game as you cast back Confoundables to the wizarding world, is to find unveil clues (mysteries) to solve the mystery behind who caused the Calamity – which caused these leaks of magic into our world. Clues so far point to the cause of this being traced back to a wizard called Grim Fawley trying to bring back his wife after she was mysteriously killed as one of the London Five, a tragedy which struck and caused five witches and wizards to disappear.

Fortresses allow witches and wizards to fight together to collect coins 

Much like in Pokemon Go, Fortresses are like Gyms, but instead of battling each other, you battle against creatures and beasts to win gold coins, the main currency in the game – which can be bought via in-app purchases.

Collect spell energy from inns and ingredients from Greenhouses

Keep collecting spell energy as you are out and about, casting spells takes a lot out of you and not collecting spell energy could mean you could soon find yourself facing a Confoundable without the ability to cast a spell.

Where to find the game

The game is currently only available via Google Play and the App Store in Australia and NZ.

 

A call out to wizards and witches – Wizardfest is here.

Wizardfest is coming to Australia and we now all have a reason (do we need one?) to pull out the ol’ dress robes and costumes to party with fellow fans and muggles.

The May event is being held in Sydney, Perth, and Adelaide with other major cities to follow later on this year.

With Butterbeer, Fire Whiskey and a new drink especially for Wizardfest called the Potent Potion flowing, along with music and prizes for best dressed, it is a fun night out organised by a team of fans aptly named Peeves’ Gang. There is even a chance to pre-purchase souvenir glasses to take home on the night.

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I went to the first event last year and was like a kid in a candy store Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.

Tickets are available online until sold out.

Wizardfest is not an official event of, associated or affiliated with Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling or Warner Bros.

A thank you letter to JK Rowling

Dear Joanne Rowling,

Thank you for writing Harry Potter. I know you have probably heard this a million times since that legendary first book was published back in 1997, and truth be told I didn’t start reading the books until a few years later, but your books brought back my love of reading as an adult. After I graduated from uni and started working, I had not read anything that was a real page-turner since high school, until I read Harry Potter.

I love underdog stories. I am drawn to stories where the catalyst is an ordinary person, who is destined for greater things, and that’s what made me fall in love with the books. Growing up in Australia with Italian born parents brought with it lots of advantages – there was always an abundance of food, Easter and Christmas lunches would match that of the Great Hall at Hogwarts – but it also meant that I was very different to the majority of my friends – the food I brought to school was different, the cultural values were different and the rules that governed the household was different. Seeing Harry’s humility and desire to be just like everyone else is something that resonated with me, and seeing the importance of having accepting friends was something that I was lucky enough to have growing up – just like Harry.

Thank you for writing characters that we can all identify with – we all have a bit of ‘Neville Longbottom’ in us, Hermione’s strength and determination (making it acceptable to be the ‘smart girl’) and Ron’s jokes.

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Thank you for giving an adult a reason to dress in witches robes on Halloween.

Thank you for your input into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, which I am embarrassed to admit brought tears to my eyes when I first saw the turrets of Hogwarts Castle. I love butterbeer.

Thank you for making reading a past-time again.

Yours sincerely,

Toni C.

Ravenclaw.