Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will be more nostalgic than you think, as several of the actors from the live-action movies are returning to voice their animated counterparts for the game. In an announcement from developer Jam City, Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick), Sally Mortemore (Madam Irma Pince), Gemma Jones (Madam Pomfrey), and Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch) have come back home to roost once more within the Harry Potter franchise.
"Our goal with Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is to make players really feel for the first time like they’re attending Hogwarts,” said Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and CEO of Jam City. “By including these iconic and incredibly talented actors in the game, we come one step closer to truly giving fans their own Hogwarts experience.”
It would have been great to get Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid) and David Bradley (Argus Filch) back as well, and it's a shame that the late, great Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) is no longer with us, but we must still be grateful that the game was able to snare the majority of the live-action Hogwarts staff from the movies. Since the game was made in collaboration with a Potter-centric subsidiary of Warner Brothers Entertainment, Portkey Games, it was probably easy to get these big British actors on board with those golden studio connections already in place.
“If I could attend Hogwarts as a student, I would be most excited to attend the potions class taught by Severus, because it is the most exotic,” said Smith.
The game also finally has an official release date of April 25 for iOS and Android. Head on down to the gallery below to see the actors placed side by side with their personas in the game!