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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Will Shut Down in 2022

Niantic Labs has announced the shuddering of its augmented reality mobile game based in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Niantic Labs has announced the shuddering of its augmented reality mobile game based in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. / Niantic Labs, Portkey Games

Niantic Labs has announced the shuddering of its augmented reality mobile game based in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

"Not all games are meant to last forever," the company wrote in a statement on its official blog, "Our goal with Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was to bring the magic of the wizarding world to life for millions of players as they stepped outside and explored their neighborhoods. We accomplished that together, delivering a two-year narrative story arc that will soon complete."

Here's what you need to know about the shutdown.

Harry Potter: Wizard's Unite will Shut Down in 2022

"In the coming months, we’ll be concluding the story and closing the game on January 31st, 2022," Niantic confirmed.

A companion post on the official Wizards Unite blog published that same day clarified the app would be removed from mobile app stores on Dec. 6, 2021. Until its shutdown, however, players who still enjoy the game can look forward to quite a few bonuses.

The following buffs will be active for the rest of the game's runtime:

  • All Daily Assignments will have their rewards increased
  • All Potion Brew times will be reduced by 50% with Master Notes
  • The daily cap on sending and opening Gifts will be removed
  • Barrufio’s Brain Elixir potion will now award 3× player XP
  • 1920s Portkey Portmanteaus will appear on the map more frequently and associated Fragment rewards will be doubled
  • Spell Energy and Ingredients will appear on the map more frequently

There are a certain set of events that will occur in November, including:

  • Dolores Umbridge Lethal Adversaries Event
  • Half-Blood Prince Brilliant Event Part 1
  • Lucius Malfoy Lethal Adversaries Event
  • Half-Blood Prince Brilliant Event Part 2

December events will entail:

  • Bellatrix Lethal Adversaries Event
  • Horcrux Hunt Part 2
  • Voldemort Lethal Adversaries Event
  • Deathly Hallows Brilliant Event Part 1
  • Holiday Event
  • Deathly Hallows Brilliant Event Part 2

January events have yet to be announced. All associated social media accounts will be closing on the same day. Players who spent money on the game recently will not be eligible for a refund.