Early this morning, leaked footage of a possible Harry Potter video game “apparated” online. This caused, naturally, a massive firestorm of chaos in the fan community. Judging by the footage, this could end up being the most expansive and impressive Harry Potter video game to date.
Reddit user u/VapeThisBros originally leaked the footage, allegedly taken during the tail-end of a mall survey. BBC News’ Lizo Mzimba reported that the game’s possible title could be “Harry Potter Magic Awakened.” Warner Bros. did not verbally respond to the leak, but it almost immediately issued a takedown of the leaked footage. Of course, mirrored videos still remain online.
The leaked footage showed off a rather impressive character creator where players can customize their own Hogwarts student. It’s unknown if players will be able to choose their Hogwarts House in the character creator or will be sorted in-game. Players seem to be able to wander around key areas of the Harry Potter franchise like the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, and the Forbidden Forrest. The game features third-person combat mechanics, and players will be able to hurl spells at goblins, trolls, and dark wizards.
The “press release” that also leaked with the video states that the game will take place in the 19th century, well before the events of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Players will be in their fifth year of Hogwarts, get to choose between eight different character classes, and decide on whether to follow the path of good or evil.
It remains unknown who exactly is developing the game. As Harry Potter is a Warner Bros. property, it’s safe to say that a Warner Bros.-owned game developer is probably working on it. Rocksteady and Avalanche Software are currently the most speculated of the bunch, but no company has stepped forward to confirm anything.
It’s unknown when the game will be released, or when we will even get an official confirmation of the game’s existence. Either way, let’s hope it doesn’t end up like Hogwarts Mystery.