It should be expected, with “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” due to arrive in cinemas later this year. Its producers at Warner Brothers would also take steps to ensure that the spinoff film sequel’s original source – “Harry Potter” – would not be forgotten years after its last installment premiered. From LEGO sets to videogames, new experiences in the original time period of JK Rowling’s Wizarding World continue to come up. In particular, there is the mobile game “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery”, which is significant enough to have some of the original cast provide voice acting for it, including Professor McGonagall.
Entertainment Weekly tells us that celebrated British actress Dame Maggie Smith is all set to return to her 8-film role as Minerva McGonagall, Professor (and later Headmaster) of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, this time as a voice talent for the mobile app “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery”, being developed by Jam City for Portkey Games. She will be reuniting with most of the film franchise’s adult cast, many of whom portrayed the Hogwarts faculty and staff, and they will be reprising – where applicable – their original roles as their characters, serving as NPCs in the app’s game world of Hogwarts.
The now 83-year-old acting veteran was excited at the prospect of revisiting the franchise that gave her one of her most memorable character roles, and just as interested at the premise of the “Hogwarts Mystery” game, where players assume the role of students at the Potter-verse’s famous magic school. In a statement following her casting announcement Smith noted, “If I could attend Hogwarts as a student, I would be most excited to attend the potions class taught by Severus [Snape] because it is the most exotic.”
“Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” takes place at a period between Voldemort’s downfall trying to kill baby Harry, and his eventual admission into Hogwarts at age 11. Players assume the role of new students to the school, being sorted into the four great houses, being taught by the same faculty seen in the films (and voiced by their respective actors where possible), learning magic spells, competing in duels against other players, and exploring the school. Other actors aside from Dame Smith who have reprised their “professorial” roles include Michael Gambon (Dumbledore), Warwick Davis (Flitwick), Sally Mortemore (Pince) and Gemma Jones (Pomfrey).
Jam City CEO Chris DeWolfe hopes that “Hogwarts Mystery” will be able to deliver the “attending magic school” experience to its player through the involvement of the “Harry Potter” film cast. The game app comes on both Android and iOS and will be made available for download on April 28.
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