Most of us didn't get a Hogwarts acceptance letter delivered via owl post when we turned 11, but game developer Jam City is now taking pity on us poor Muggles and Squibs in the form of a Harry Potter mobile game.
Having created Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff and Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, the company is bringing Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery to the eager masses. Players will be able to create their own Hogwarts student, progress through all seven years, and take classes like Defense Against The Dark Arts and Potions. Although we hoped Professor Snape would no longer be teaching that particular subject, Jam City said in a statement that "most of the iconic professors from the Harry Potter stories reprise their roles in the game."
“As Harry Potter fanatics ourselves, we have great respect for the millions of people throughout the world who have followed the Harry Potter stories for more than 20 years," said Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and CEO of Jam City. "This game is a labor of love for our developers and artists, who are dedicated to creating the most magical entertainment and game play experience for everyone who adores J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.”
The game is being made in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which will launch Hogwarts Mystery under the banner of Portkey Games, a gaming label strictly reserved for titles based on the magical world created by J.K. Rowling.
“Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a mobile gaming experience inspired by J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding lore, and it will be an exciting, fun way for fans to experience the Wizarding World,” said David Haddad, president of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Fans of the original Harry Potter video games from Electronic Arts (Quidditch World Cup is particularly beloved) have been clamoring for an open-world game based on the books for a very long time. Hogwarts Mystery could fill that need as well as continue to build up Rowling's universe in the vein of Pottermore and include the stuff we never saw in the movies like Peeves and the hourglasses containing house points. It's also the second Potter game to be announced over the last month, the first being the augmented reality Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.