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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite - Magic you should be aware of

Jul 04, 2019

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The company that created the popular Pokemon GO game, Niantic, has just launched one of the biggest games of the year, using one of the most popular franchises of the magic and muggle world!

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite launched on 20th June 2019, and shares many of the same characteristics as Pokemon GO, using augmented reality (AR) as the focus game play feature. 

Potter fans will be fascinated by the game’s story-line which takes place in the modern day with a grown-up Harry Potter sending players off to investigate a magical event. The aim is for players to work together as part of the Statue of Secrecy (SOS) Task Force (which is a group formed by top wizards) to hunt down and ensure the safety of dangerous artefacts, known as ‘Foundables’, which have been littered throughout the muggle world. 

Is Harry Potter: Wizards Unite appropriate for my child?

Our experts here at NSPCC feel that the game premise is similar to Pokemon GO but using a popular franchise and new story-line. PEGI determines age suitability for platforms such as Xbox, PS4, PC and Nintendo, and has rated Harry Potter: Wizards Unite as suitable for children aged 7 and over, which is higher than the age rating of Pokemon Go (3+). However, bear in mind that PEGI rates content and doesn’t take communication risks into account.

Know the risks 

  • Location settings on the device must be turned on to play the game. 
  • You can add other witches and wizards (players) in the game as friends. You need a person’s unique Code Name to add them as a friend on the platform. This means your Code Name is visible to other players, so take care when you choose this. 
  • The game requests access to your camera so be aware of what is on display e.g. personal information. 

  • As the game play focuses on AR, it is important for game players to be aware of their surroundings. There is also a possibility for game players to meet other people also playing the game whilst they are out and about. 

  • Parents should also be aware that players may want to find out more about the game using other platforms such as YouTube, Twitch, Reddit and Discord, where other game fans can discuss strategies and experiences. There are associated risks with online groups like Discord as they will be self-moderated, with the potential to speak to strangers and be exposed to inappropriate content. Remind your children if they see anything that worries or upsets them, to speak to you or another trusted adult. 

Read the full article from NetAware.org.uk here.