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Google now lets you control your phone using Harry Potter spells

Published 03/11/2016 | 09:25

One of the available spells Credit: Google
One of the available spells Credit: Google

If you never really got over missing out on Hogwarts, then Google has the next best thing - as long as you're using an Android phone.

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You can now turn your phone into a wand, using spells from the Harry Potter series to control your device.

Engage the Google voice assistant, either by saying "OK Google" or pressing the microphone icon in the search bar, and certain Latin spells such as "Lumos" or "Silencio" will activate certain functions of the phone.

"Lumos", the command used to add a light onto wands in the wizarding world, will turn your phone's flashlight on, while "Nox" will do the opposite.

Meanwhile, you can use "Silencio" - a silencing charm in the series - to turn your phone to silent.

The new features are part of a tie-up with the new Harry Potter film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Additionally, Google is also adding locations from the film to Google Street View. By searching in Google Maps for "fantastic beasts", you'll be able to view 1926 New York and select four US indoor locations from the film to explore.

It isn't the first movie tie-up that Google has done, although the spells are by far the coolest feature. In the run up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, the company introduced a Jedi lightsaber game as well as skinning many of Google's services with Star Wars icons.

Telegraph.co.uk

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