Harry Potter films all coming to HBO TV and streaming in 2018

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"We are delighted to welcome the Harry Potter films to our catalogue of award-winning original programming and crowd-pleasing theatrical films", said Bruce Grivetti, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and President, Film Programming. The Harry Potter films have a checkered past when it comes to being available via streaming services, at least for immediate playback as part of a subscription.

Niantic Labs has confirmed the new title will be called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and will be developed in conjunction with Warner Bros.

Niantic Labs has enjoyed enormous success by taking on Nintendo's popular "Pokemon" franchise to produce "Pokemon Go".

Much like Pokemon Go, the game will use augmented reality to turn the world around us into the world of Harry, Hermione, the bloke from Cracker and the rest of the gang.

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"By exploring real-world neighborhoods and cities across the globe, players will go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters", Niantic and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and WB Games San Francisco's development team to bring this magical and beloved series to life in a brand new way.

HBO is also hosting its own Harry Potter marathon on New Year's Day, giving fans-as well as some who might need something to watch while nursing a hangover-something to do after ringing in 2018.

The game "will reveal that magic is all around us", reads the press release.

"I expect the Harry Potter augmented reality experiences will be more robust and complex than they were in Pokemon Go, which should make the game more dynamic and the experience more engaging", Mr Harding-Rolls predicted.