ByRob Harris, writer at
Sometimes I play video games.
Rob Harris

If you thought that a Pokemon GO inspired Harry Potter app -- which would transform our dreary Muggle surroundings into J.K. Rowling's magical wonderland -- sounded too good to be true, that's because it is.

A recent petition hounding Warner Bros. for 'Harry Potter GO' managed to gather an impressive amount of traction, and it's not hard imagine why.

Mario Kart GO!
Mario Kart GO!

After the runaway success of Niantic's AR game, it's clear to see how other popular franchises would benefit for their own GO-like apps. Substitute Pikachu for Kreacher, Pokeballs for wands, and we've got another global phenomenon on our hands.

Naturally, Potter fans were pretty damn psyched by the prospect

Word that Niantic had turned to working on Harry potter GO started to circulate rapidly, with the story later picked up by sites HelloGiggles, NME and Unilad.

All articles referred to an interview transcript, purportedly between IGN journalist and Niantic’s senior developer Marcus Figueroa, which claimed that development on the new game had already begun:

"We have acquired the rights for the app. The demand for this title was absolutely insane, so we figured we’d give it a shot. If we’re lucky we might see a launch by early 2017, but it’s hard to tell this early in the project."
"We want to do something with schools of witchcraft and wizardry, similar to pokestops in Pokemon GO. As wells a quest system, and possibly large scale completely interactive events, but no promises. That’s all I can say."

The problem is, this IGN interview appears to have never taken place.

Don't believe everything you read online

All threads link back to a site called JTXH News, where the rumor seems to have originated. However, when you click the source cited for the IGN interview in question, it takes you to this dead-end page:

IGN's 404 error message.
IGN's 404 error message.

IGN’s website has no traces of the interview, nor has it appeared anywhere else online before this Harry Potter GO business kicked off.

Add that to JTXH's somewhat suspicious homepage...

Today's JTXH News homepage.
Today's JTXH News homepage.

...and I think we've got a case of misinformation.

So, no Harry Potter GO least, not anytime soon.


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[Source: JTXH News]


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