Due to popular demand: Niantic has begun development on a Harry Potter version of Pokemon Go

The developers behind the smash hit app, Pokemon GO, have started work on a similar game set in the Harry Potter universe.


Instead of capturing Gyms and trading Pokemon, fans will soon be able to establish and manage schools of wizardry scattered throughout the real world, complete quests to acquire new spells, and engage in ‘large scale magical combat’ with rivaling factions.


Niantic’s senior developer Marcus Figueroa announced the new project in an interview with IGN

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.

When pressed for details, Figueroa had this to say

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.


Pokémon Go rapidly topped the American iOS App Store’s “Top Grossing” and “Free” charts. The game has become the fastest game to top the App Store and Google Play, beating Clash Royale, and in its first week became the most downloaded app on the App Store of all time. Within two days of release, it was installed on more than 5% of Android devices in the United States, according to SimilarWeb, According to SensorTower, the game was downloaded more than 10 million times within a week of release, becoming the fastest such app to do so, and reached 15 million global downloads by July 13.

31 Comments on "Due to popular demand: Niantic has begun development on a Harry Potter version of Pokemon Go"

  1. My friends and I had the idea that the game should be specific to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Like, the beasts have escaped, and you have to recapture them before any muggles get hurt or the Ministry of Magic gets involved. Added bonus: movie tie-in.

    • This!!! Do this!!!

    • Yeeees so much yessss

    • So… just Pokemon, but with Harry Potter.

      • Yes. Exactly that

      • No, Pokemon GO is the original Niantic game called Ingress adapted to Pokemon. This will also be an evolution of Ingress but into the Wizarding World.

        • Sorry but Pokemon Go is similar’ish to Ingress but not the same. PoGo is basically ingress without the strategy, tactics, trading, teamwork, and cooperation.

          • I’ve played Ingress for a few years, and now Pokemon Go as well… And hike there may be less strategy in PoGo, there’s also a lot less nastiness borne of hyper-competitiveness. Maybe your city is a utopia of cross-faction sportsmanship, but here the greenies will outright stalk and harass Resistance players, make random accusations, and generally behave like jerks. Guess they’d be perfect for Slytherin, though.

  2. So if yall were smart what you would do is instead of gyms have qudditch matches against other houses. At the beginning you would get your hogwarts letter. And you would go on the quest to get your items like wand cauldron school books. You should have to walk to get to places similar to diagon alley and the train station. Then once you get to hogwarts you are sorted into your house. You go to places around you to go to classes learn spells. Have to walk around to get ingredients for potions and learn to ride your broom and have banks where you can get galleons Sickles and knuts trade it for items. Then after a few months release stuff for the second year where you can duel other students go on quest to level up of course. Or in order to level up you have to take a quiz like casting spells or identifying mythical beasts. I just hope they pull in as much from the Wizarding world as they can

    • THIS!! This so much yes please!!

    • a wheelchair using Harry Potter fan | July 30, 2016 at 10:34 am | Reply

      Uh… don’t forget that there are fans with physical disabilities as well… Hopefully they won’t make everything only accessible to people capable of walking/doing stairs/etc.

      • Niantic can’t even handle vision-based accessibility issues (too many tiny pale grey fonts on glaringly bright backgrounds, etc.), so I have little confidence in their ability to take mobility disabilities into account.

    • Yessssssssssss

  3. Oh gods yes!!!

  4. O.M.G !!! This would be awesome….I hope next is Star Wars too

  5. I mean, screw the app make a PS4 full story game.

  6. I hope they tie it to our Pottermore info. >;)

  7. Jessica Hayes | July 29, 2016 at 3:20 pm | Reply

    Sounds great! But could the walking be optional? Could it be available offline as well for those who don’t have unlimited data or the latest smart phones?

  8. Angel Herriman | July 30, 2016 at 10:36 am | Reply

    Can you please make this available for android? I need Harry Potter go… and I don’t even play video games…

  9. For the walking part we should make it potions instead of eggs

  10. Exactly, I’m waiting until the weather is cooler because I’m heat intolerant and haven’t been able to play Pokemon. Hopefully they’ll come up with something more handicap friendly

  11. I am excited to have a game such as Harry Potter go. I was one of the few people who did not download Pokemon Go. Pokemon just does not apeal to me.

  12. I hope we be able to lose housepoints or something if we go out at the night after a specific time. Like if you are a gryffindor and you been on your night walks seen by professor snape, you may lose more housepoints and more than if you was a gryffindor and was seen by professor mcgonnagal. 😀

  13. Am i the only one who just wants them to fix the issues with pokemon go before they start focusing on another title?

  14. He!! Yeah

  15. I’m gonna say no. Until Niantic fixes their shit with Pokémon go, they shouldn’t be doing anything else.

  16. How about you fix your fist game Ingress and then Pokmemon Go first

  17. Assuming this is real, they will make it for Android. Niantic is owned by Google 🙂

  18. After solving the first issue with your initial game, then you can go for pokemon go

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