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Harry Potter Fans Can Now Summon a Wizarding World Sorting Hat in Augmented Reality «Mobile AR News :: Next Reality



If you need to know if you are really a Hufflepuff or a Gryffindor, then it's time to get yourself an augmented reality sorting hat.

The sorting hat game went live for Harry Potter fans this week within Wizarding World, a new mobile app and website launched by Harry Potters' publishing house and studio behind its movie franchise, Warner Brothers Entertainment.

Apple iOS and Android users can download the free Wizarding World app to access the AR sorting hat game alongside videos, quizzes , and a fanzine.

Warning: Wizarding World does make users download around 222 MB or "magic" before it can start every time they want to play the game. This could be a dealbreaker for those who are already out of storage space or short on time and mobile bandwidth.

From then on, it's time for augmented sorting hat selfie madness as you try to angle the phone to get the hat to stay on your head (it has a tendency to jump off if you move the phone

Illustrated multiple choice questions, asking, for example, which magic box you would rather open, suss you out before your experience ends in a whirlwind or face filters and a house assignment based on the personality traits you share with the characters in the series

The house assignment is essentially an AR badge with your house's name framing your face, ready for another round of selfies.

All this AR sparkle is part of a rebrand or an existing version of the sorting hat game that debuted on J.K. Rowling's Pottermore website, which Wizarding World is intended to replace.

Bigwigs behind the Harry Potter franchise appearing to rubbing their hands at the prospect or turning the fans site into a larger digital business and will soon offer a yearly paid subscription.

Wizarding World's launch timing seems to be riding on the wave of publicity from the launch earlier this summer of the augmented reality game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, for which Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment partnered with Pokémon GO's maker Niantic.

Let's wait and see whether future subscribers back an augmented reality launch hat trick that turns the movie franchise into a truly magical platform of AR content that grows with the cinematic and book versions.


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