Footage From Unannounced Harry Potter Role-Playing Game May Have Just Been Leaked

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

It seems the Harry Potter franchise might be ready to expand on their ​role-playing games, as the free mobile device RPG Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery came out this past April, and it appears another one is already in the works.

According to ​The Verge, a video of an unannounced Harry Potter game has leaked online from a focus group in the U.S., which showed a third-person action RPG set in the 19th century of the Wizarding World. It has since been pulled by Warner Bros. for violating copyright issues, but Twitter users have uploaded it to the social media platform.

The ​Reddit user who originally posted the footage claimed they were approached in a mall to watch the game's trailer and to complete a survey for $8. According to the Redditor, cameras and phones were not supposed to be allowed at the time, but the company conducting the survey did not take them away.

A blurb released with the footage claims players can choose between eight different Wizard types, have control of the house, and pick a path of
either good or evil.

It's not certain whether the leak is real, or if it'll ever be released, but if so, it could open up a whole new world for the Harry Potter universe. With the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them prequels in full swing, along with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play currently running in both the UK and the U.S., it could be time for another era of Hogwarts and JK Rowling's magical world.

This might just be wishful thinking, but we hope this actually is something.

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

You Can Now Buy Your Own Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak 

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
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Harry Potter fans, prepare to go nuts. Toy group Wow! Stuff has officially come out with an invisibility cloak and pre-orders begin on July 1.

According to CNET, the cloak works like a green screen and uses an app to show the wearer disappearing in photos and videos. The user can then save the photos and videos to their phone and show everyone their vanishing skills. The toy company felt compelled to warn users that they won't actually disappear, which is hilarious but worth clarifying in case someone thought they now had access to invisibility cloaks and real magic.

The creators actually examined the original cloak used on Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, now housed at Leavesden Studio, to make sure it was as close to the real one as possible.

The cloak, which is not transparent to the wearer, comes in two different versions: The standard cloak costs $70 and includes a stand to situate one’s phone for pictures. The deluxe version, which costs $80, has a serpent-themed border and a tabletop tripod so you can really go wild with photos.

The cloaks are set for an August 1 release, and have already made an impression on toy lovers, winning Innovative Toy of the Year at Sweden’s Toy Awards.

[h/t CNET]

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