Tuesday 16 January 2018

Harry Potter to live on ... in spectacular new online game

Harry Potter author JK Rowling watches young fans at the launch of her Pottermore website in London. Photo: PA
Harry Potter author JK Rowling watches young fans at the launch of her Pottermore website in London. Photo: PA

By Independent.ie reporters

Harry Potter is set to be revived - in an online game leading to real life prizes.

JK Rowling’s latest project, Pottermore, will involve a treasure hunt linked to an online game.

Currently clicking on an owl on the website's homepage leads to a countdown to the much anticipated announcement.

JK Rowling is set to announce details of her latest project in London today.

It is said to be a hi-tech online game, offering clues to prizes that may be hidden in the real world.

The game is expected to contain clues to find an unreleased number of magic wands hidden in both Britain and America, and possibly other countries as well.

Little more is known about the secretive project.

One of the public relations company involved in Pottermore would only confirm that the project was not an additional book to the seven novel series.

This echoes previous comments attributed to JK Rowling that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the most recent Potter offering, would be the final instalment in the phenomenally successful Harry Potter stories.

In 2010 the company produced LittleBigMap, a game promoting the video game LittleBigPlanet II.

It showed users how to find new markers on the map by following clues.

Online treasure hunts have been described as a way to pit your wits against other players in the quest to locate the treasure, which will differ from game to game.

In a simple form, they can consist of a list of questions, with the player attempting to solve them through the internet, with clues given in the questions as to where to look.

Whilst details about Pottermore remain vague, it would appear the Potter online treasure hunt will be complex as impressive.

Although unwilling to reveal any details, Andrew Sims of Potter fan site Mugglenet, said: “I can tell you that it is fantastic. I’d say more but I had to make an unbreakable vow concerning its secrecy.”

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