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Romance is in the Air in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Posted by Megs

For players of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, February is full of exciting storylines and in-game features, welcoming a new season of Quidditch, new bundles, and an iconic character from the original series! 

Starting on February 13, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery players who have progressed to Year 5 Chapter 3 or later will have the opportunity to go on a romantic date with their crush! In this new special time-limited sidequest storyline, the player will choose their in-game crush from six fellow Hogwarts students: Penny, Andre, Merula, Barnaby, and Talbott. The storyline also features a wizard known for his luscious golden locks, the iconic Gilderoy Lockhart, who tasks the player and their group of friends with planning his Valentines bonanza. With help from everyone’s favourite fashion expert, Andre, players will also get to choose their ideal outfit, perfect for a romantic night out.

“The excitement of friendship turning into something more is part of student life and we’re excited to launch this romantic sidequest for players to have the chance to connect with their crush in the game. It’s something our players love.”

Sarah Wolf, game director at Jam City


To complement this special adventure, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will be releasing a series of fun events and bundles that award Valentine’s Day-themed outfits, hairstyles, makeup and even a kitten Kneazle! February also marks the start of the exciting second season of Quidditch, where players will have the opportunity to try out the position of “beater” on the Quidditch team.

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Portkey Games
Harry Potter Graphic Designers, MinaLima, Announce Illustrated Philosopher's Stone
Posted by Megs

The graphic design team behind the Harry Potter films, MinaLima, have announced they will be releasing their own illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!

With brilliant full-colour illustrations on nearly every page, this new edition also includes eight interactive special paper craft features.

Readers can open the beautifully designed, elaborately folded Hogwarts™ letter and Diagon Alley™ shopping list, reveal the magical entryway to Diagon Alley™, open a die-cut, fold-out Hogwarts™ Castle, make a sumptuous feast appear in the Great Hall, and more.

The book will be released in a 368 page hardback complete with full-colour illustrations with 8 interactive elements! There will also be a MinaLima™ exclusive copy that includes a book plate personally signed by Miraphora and Eduardo.

Copies signed by the design duo behind MinaLima are available for pre-order on minalima.com and at House of MinaLima in London. The book will be published on 20 October 2020.

Filed Under: Books, MinaLima
Return Memories of Lost Love in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite February Events
Posted by Megs

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has announced their February in-game events. Players will need to help restore romance to the Wizarding World as the Calamity attempts to manifest memories of heartbreak and loss. New in-game events for this month include:

  • Darkest of Times Brilliant Event Part 2: February 4–11
    • Continue to honor Dumbledore’s legacy by returning Brilliant Foundables related to key memories of his fight against Voldemort, including the Pensieve.
  • Harry Potter Book Night 2020: February 5–7
    • This year’s Harry Potter Book Night is themed around the Triwizard Tournament. Celebrate the classic magical contest by completing special tasks and encountering Dragon Eggs, the Goblet of Fire Foundable, and more. 
  • Crazy in Love Event: February 11–13
    • Deflect the advances of a variety of love-stricken Oddities while making use of bonus Healing Potions.    
  • Lost Love Brilliant Event Part 1: February 13–20
    • Help protect cherished memories of wizarding world loved ones by returning Brilliant Foundables including Minerva McGonagall. 
  • February Community Day: February 23
    • Take on a variety of Oddities, including rare Doxies and Leprechauns, while making use of bonuses to Tonic for Trace Detection Potions. 
  • Lost Love Brilliant Event Part 2: February 25–March 3
    • Put memories of tragic romances to rest by returning Brilliant Foundables including Severus Snape and the Mirror of Erised. 
Filed Under: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Portkey Games
Hermione's Patronus Funko Pop! is Coming; Wizarding World Gold Gets Pre-Release
Posted by Megs

Last year we announced Funko’s line of Patronus Pop! figures with a Wizarding World Gold exclusive pre-release of a Stag patronus. Today we can share the next pre-release exclusive – Hermione’s otter Patronus Funko Pop! is arriving to Wizarding World’s online shop on Tuesday 4th February. The Pop! will be available to Wizarding World Gold members on the 3rd.

This new Funko Pop! figure, in the form of Hermione’s otter Patronus, is a pre-release exclusive in limited supply, which Wizarding World Gold subscribers will have the chance to buy before anyone else from Wizarding World’s online shop from 3 February, while stocks last, for 24 hours, beginning 10:00 ET/15:00 GMT.

If you’re not a member of Wizarding World Gold, not to worry – after the 24 hours, any remaining Funko Pop! figures will then become available for you to buy – just make sure you’re logged in, or sign up. Simply check back here on 4 February, same time*.

So, next week, here’s what you have to do.

FIRST: Make sure you sign up for your Wizarding Passport here.

SECOND: Once you have a Wizarding Passport, or Wizarding World Gold, make sure you’re logged in.

AND… That’s it! Then, simply wait until 3 February (if you have Gold) or 4 February and see if you can snap up an otter companion.

Because this is a special pre-release version, you’ll get an exclusive sticker, as well as one of our Enchanted Keys featuring on the box. Scan the Enchanted Key with the Wizarding World app for an extra treat. Along with other items in the Wizarding World shop, Wizarding World Gold subscribers will still be able to save 20% on this particular item.

Filed Under: Products, Wizarding World Gold
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Introduces Adventure Sync Feature
Posted by Megs

The Harry Potter: Wizards Unite mobile game will be introducing “Adventure Sync” to it’s game play this week. Players familiar with Pokemon Go will already recognize this as a great asset to playing Niantic games. For the uninitiated, the press release below will explain the details:

This highly-requested feature gives players the option to connect their game to Apple Health or Google Fit to record their walking distance — even when Harry Potter: Wizards Unite isn’t running. Once enabled in the game’s Settings menu, player walking distance will be tallied in the background and applied toward unlocking their Portkey Portmanteaus. The game will also notify players once Portmanteaus are unlocked. Adventure Sync is completely optional and can be turned on or off at any time in the game settings.

Alongside Adventure Sync, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will also release several updates to Portkeys:

• As players unlock Portmanteaus, new artwork will visually differentiate between the different types. 2 km Portmanteaus will reveal a Boot; 5 km a Kettle; and 10 km a Deflated Ball. 

• Some Portkey environments that were only available during past Brilliant Events, such as Umbridge’s Office, will be returning.

• Tapping Wrackspurts within any Portkey will now have a chance to reward players with Spell Energy.

• Players may also discover Foundables which weren’t previously collectible from Portkeys.

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Portkey Games
Harry Potter Store to Open in New York City
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. have announced that a Harry Potter flagship store will be opening in New York City this Summer.

The store will be located next to the iconic Flatiron building at 935 Broadway and will house the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products in the world under one roof with everything from personalised robes and Bertie Bott’s Every flavour beans to a brand-new range of house wands in an exclusive design.

A full press release may be read below:

The magic of the Wizarding World is coming to New York with the opening of the world’s first official Harry Potter flagship store.

Warner Bros. today announced that it will open the first official Harry Potter flagship store in the heart of New York City next to the iconic Flatiron building at 935 Broadway.

Opening in Summer 2020, the store will house the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products in the world under one roof with everything from personalised robes and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans to a brand-new range of house wands with a design exclusive to the New York location.

Spanning three floors and over 20,000 sq. ft., the space will provide fans with a number of exciting retail experiences that evoke the magic of the Wizarding World.

Sarah Roots, SVP Worldwide Tours and Retail, Warner Bros. said: “This will be the largest dedicated Harry Potter store in the world and will become a must-visit fan destination where Harry Potter enthusiasts can engage with interactive experiences and numerous photo opportunities as they step into the magic.”

“We are very excited to be opening in New York. It’s the ideal city in which to launch with so many dedicated Wizarding World fans, a cutting-edge retail environment and a community that embraces innovative experiences.”

More details to be announced later in the year. Store imagery is not final and subject to change.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Store
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