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Harry Potter Wizards Unite: a parent’s guide to the new Pokémon Go

Is the latest craze something your child should get?

Tom Hoggins

Many will remember the summer of 2016, when Pokémon Go took the world by storm. The augmented-reality app had millions of people scouring the real world, hunting out the cute pocket monsters at local landmarks and capturing them on their phone screen. With Harry Potter: Wizards Unite out now, developer Niantic is looking to repeat the magic trick.

Pokémon Go dominated the headlines for that summer –from its extraordinary success to the dangers of careless Pokémon hunting – but its growth has been constant over the last three years. By now the app has been downloaded more than a billion times and has made its creator over $2bn in revenue. Its developers have added features and thrown festivals, keeping its huge audience engaged with the game long after the mainstream headlines had faded.

Niantic have taken those learnings and repackaged its game for fans of JK Rowling’s wizarding world. While much of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be familiar to Pokémon Go players (or indeed of Niantic’s original geo-tagging game Ingress), there is plenty of Potterisation of its mechanics and its own twists. Here is our guide to the game, including how to keep children (and yourself) safe while playing...

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