If by any chance you have dreamt of attending Hogwarts or wishing you could join Harry Potter’s squad even just for a day, Google may have something that will brighten your day… literally, or at least. Like how the wizards wield their wands, you can now cast a “spell”, just like how they did with your smartphone’s flashlight.
The good news? It’s so easy, even your 80-year old grandma can do it. The bad news? You’ll need to have an Android smartphone.
To cast a spell, all you need to do is say “Ok Google”, and then “Lumos” to turn your phone’s flashlight on, and “Nox” to turn it off. There’s also another command for wannabe wizards, just say “Silencio” to turn your phone into silent mode.
This magical update is in conjunction with a part of a promotion with Warner Bros which pictures for the upcoming magical film “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them,” debuting on November 18.
Authored by none other than J.K. Rowling, the film is set in the same world created for the “Harry Potter” books and films as well with a much different timeline than the age of Potter. The storyline occurs decades before Harry wields his wand later on. The plot revolves around the character Newt Scamander, a so-called magizoologist way back in the 1920s in New York.
Android owners, rejoice! As you can now explore Scamander’s world with Google Street View as well, which features scenes from New York in 1926, like how they would look in the film, together with comparisons to how these spots look today. Google added that fans of “Fantastic Beasts” can even visit specific locations from the film.
And by using Google’s new virtual-reality headset, dubbed Daydream View, you’ll be able to wield and wave a wand to further explore the world Scamander lives in, in virtual reality and aid the intrepid magizoologist locate his escaped beasts.
For more information about these fun features and how to become a wizard, visit Google’s “Fantastic Beasts” site. Can’t wait to be a wizard, well, you’re gonna have to equip yourself with an Android phone and fortunately you can get one with us, check it out below!
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