Guess what? You're going to be able to attend Hogwarts this year, and you won't even need a ticket to get onto Platform 9 3/4 in order to catch the Hogwarts Express at 11 o'clock sharp. In fact, you won't even have to leave the comfort of your home to study at the best magic school in Europe (no offense to Durmstrang and Beauxbatons). That's because the first trailer for mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is finally here, and it looks like it will cast a spell on anyone who decides to play it, which is probably every Harry Potter fan on the planet.
The trailer (below) begins with a quote from Professor Dumbledore before transitioning to an owl carrying a Hogwarts acceptance letter as the following words pop up in the clouds: "Your letter has arrived. This is your Hogwarts story." Ollivander's wand shop, Hagrid, Snape (good night, sweet Half-Blood Prince), McGonagall, and dueling are also shown as components of the game in the video, which heavily features Patrick Doyle's triumphant theme from the Goblet of Fire movie adaptation, as well as John Williams' now-iconic "Hedwig's Theme." Because no Harry Potter media property is complete without John Williams.
Created by Jam City and Portkey Games — a subsidiary of Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment — the upcoming mobile game will put players into the role of an average Hogwarts student progressing through all seven years of the school. They'll be able to take standard classes like Potions, Transfiguration, and Defense Against the Dark Arts (since the job is jinxed, who do you think will teach it in the game?).
“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, back in December.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is set for release on the Apple and Google app stores sometime this year. To make sure you don't miss out on all the fun, you can register here.