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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is an Augmented Reality game developed for mobile devices by Niantic. It is published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment under its Portkey Games subsidiary, which is dedicated solely to games "inspired by" this universe. Similar in style and gameplay to Pokémon GO and Ingress, Wizards Unite has players take on the role of volunteers in a Ministry of Magic task force. Their mission? Get to the bottom of a massive conspiracy that threatens the Statute of Secrecy and will lead to the exposure of the wizarding world to Muggles across the world. Said conspiracy involves the theft of objects, creatures, and even fellow wizards (called foundables), which are randomly scattered across the world and guarded by potent magical guardians in the form of wizards or monsters (called confoundables).

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  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Peeves the Poltergeist of all people gets this. This is what Peeves looks like according to J. K. Rowling. This is what he looks like in this game.
  • Alternative Continuity: WB's official stance is that like everything everything published as a Portkey Games project, this is only "inspired by" the universe and shouldn't be considered canon.
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
    • The game is much much more solo-friendly than Pokémon GO. Even at launch, the game featured a wider variety of confoundables available to solo players, and players were able to deal with fortresses by themselves.
    • In 2020, the Knight bus was introduced, allowing players to go to fortresses without having to physically go there due to Covid19 lockdowns. Pokémon GO allowed the same thing.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Quite a few of the confoundables transfigure people into animals or other objects. Encountering them requires the player to undo the spell by casting Finite. Some of the examples include:
    • Arthur Weasley turned into a rubber ducky
    • Professor Sprout turned into a Mimbulus mimbletonia plant
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    • The female Slytherin student transfigured into a ferret
  • Boss Battle: The holiday 2020 update introduced Adversaries to the game, enemies taking the form of the series' villains such as Fenrir Greyback and Slytherin's basilisk, among others, who are much more difficult than the normal Oddities players can face. Defeating them typically requires players to be high level in their chosen profession and often the usage of potions.
  • Broken Masquerade: The whole point of the game is to prevent this.
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: If this game is to be believed, Wrackspurts, one of the creatures Luna Lovegood and her father believed in, do in fact exist.
  • Combat Medic: Magizoologists are the best of the three professions when it comes to healing their teammates, being able to restore a lot of stamina and even being able to revive knocked out players. Professors are able to heal as well, but their healing is quite insignificant compared to what the Magizoologist can do.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Wizards Unite is drastically different from both Pokemon Go and Ingress:
    • There are no PVP elements.
    • The majority of combat is similar to Glyph entering in Ingress (repeating a certain stroke pattern), but there are no set dots to follow, and strength is based on how fast you can input the glyph, not necessarily accuracy.
    • There IS real-time combat against monsters, but it is different from the tap-and-hold of Pokemon Go or defending/attacking sites in Ingress: it is more like a traditional RPG, and requires more screen inputs to aim your wand to attack or defend.
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite being one of the main trio in the books and films, Ron is noticeably featured much less compared to Harry and Hermione, who is head of the Aurors and Minister for Magic respectively in the game. He isn't even featured on the poster for the first Fan Festival.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Dark wizards and Death Eaters show up in Fortresses as some of the enemies the player can fight. Naturally, Aurors specialize in defeating them. Wizard Confoundables are of a lesser evil, being copies of actual wizards mindlessly guarding anomalies.
  • Floating in a Bubble: The Ebublio spell does this, trapping the target in a magical water bubble that can only be burst by magic. Conversely, there are also foundables that are trapped in water bubbles themselves, requiring the player to cast Bombarda to make the bubble burst.
  • Giant Spider: Acromantulas, the giant spiders featured in the books and films, appear as some of the enemies that players can face in fortresses. Magizoologists specialize in defeating them.
  • Gradual Grinder: One of the specialities of the Professor in Fortress battles. Deterioration Hex causes the enemy to take damage themselves any time they attack the player they are facing. Although it has been nerfed, it is still very useful since it can cause enemies to knock themselves out without even having to spend valuable spell energy.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Dragon oddities were one of the most anticipated features in the game, eventually being added in September 2019 for the Day of the Dragons event. All four dragon species were available worldwide in September 2020, as well.
  • Making a Splash: The Aquamenti spell conjures a jet of water, used for putting out magical fires that commonly show up as confoundables in the game.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: The Professor is the most balanced of the three professions, not having the same raw power of the Auror and lacking the healing spells of the Magizoologist. In a group, professors serve as a Support Party Member since they can buff their allies and debuff enemies.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: Banshees make an appearance in this game after being absent from the films, guarding a portrait of Salazar Slytherin.
  • Our Sphinxes Are Different: Sphinxes were added to the game as regular enemies as part of the Adversaries update, being one of the magical creatures from the books that was left out of the films.
  • Playing with Fire: Incendio is used either to set fire to blocks of ice that have frozen foundables solid or is used against Inferi, which are weak to fire.
  • Shout-Out: At least one, added in a major update to the game's skill and spell-mastery system; the description of one of the added lessons makes reference to a "multi-day trip into the desert". The lesson's name makes the reference obvious: "A Horse With No Name".
  • The Smurfette Principle: Dark witches were one of the first enemies shown off before the game's worldwide release, but they couldn't be fought proper until the Slytherin's Basilisk Halloween event in 2019, also being joined by the female dark Ministry official. Although the list of human enemies the player can fight grows, only those two are female.
    • The Adversaries update added Narcissa Malfoy as one of the characters the player can face off against. As of yet, she's still the only named female character that can be fought as an adversary.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Giant snakes are encountered several times as confoundables. Much like in the seventh book and film, they are repelled with the use of an explosive spell.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Bombarda is used to shatter the enchanted glass that traps some of the foundables, as well as repelling giant snakes and banshees.

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