Summer festivals often involve some kind of reality-warping experience, but Niantic's parties eschew illegal chemicals (at least, officially) in favor of the magic of technology (or in this case, is it the technology of magic?). Like its predecessor, Pokémon GO, Harry Potter Wizards Unite is getting its own festival for Potterheads to party in the real world.
Niantic has confirmed that it will be throwing a two day Wizards Unite festival in the White River State Park of Indianapolis, Indiana over the Labor day weekend: August 31 – September 1. Similar to how it works for the US versions of Niantic's previous Pokémon GO Fests (which takes place the next state over in Chicago, Illinois), attendees will need to buy tickets to attend. We don't yet know how much these tickets will cost, but Niantic plans to open up the ticket sales via a lottery.
Mark your calendars! Join us this Labor Day weekend in Indianapolis (August 31 - September 1) for the first Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Fan Festival. Stay tuned for more details. https://t.co/uSCsrYqrfP #WizardsUnite— Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (@HPWizardsUnite) June 27, 2019
Real world meetups have been a staple of Niantic's games even before they hit it big with Pokémon GO. In the case of Harry Potter Wizards Unite, we expect the visual ante to be raised, with cosplay and such to display the mythology of the wizarding world.
“Real-world events are part of Niantic’s DNA, bringing players from all walks of life together in the name of adventure, exploration and creating lasting friendships," Bill Kilday, Niantic’s vice president of marketing and live events, said in a press release. “The incredible White River State Park is surrounded by the rich culture and history of Indianapolis and will be the perfect location for our inaugural Harry Potter: Wizards Unite event."
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It's not just for socializing, however. Niantic has teased that "a variety of interactive experiences bridging the in-game experience with the real world." Previously, Niantic has made extra in-game goodies available at such events, such as an exclusive pokémon, for example. Perhaps fortunate Wizards Unite players will be able to discover some secrets or extra goodies on the occasion.