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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a free smartphone game where users explore the world of Harry Potter using augmented reality (AR). In a similar way to Pokémon Go, users travel around the real world to find and capture items and creatures. Players work together to overcome wizarding foes and complete assignments.

13+

Official age rating

At a glance

Kids use this to...

Play

Create

Learn

Connect

Expert view of the risks...

Sexual

Low Risk

Violence & hatred

Low Risk

Bullying

Low Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Low Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Low Risk

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On Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Your child’s wizarding name is visible to other players on the map, so stay away from real names and personal information.

Top tips for staying safe

Exploring apps, sites and games together is a great way to involve your child in the decision-making process.

Be positive about what you see, but also be open about your concerns. Ask them what they think is appropriate and what worries them.

If you decide it’s not appropriate, then make sure you explain your reasons why (and be prepared for an unhappy child).

You might decide it’s ok for your child to use. If so, make sure you follow the tips below to ensure it’s as safe as possible. And work out a time when you’ll next discuss the app.

Help your child think about what they share online and who sees it. Compare it to what they would be happy to share offline.

You might want to start by asking:

  • What kinds of things do you share online?
  • Should we share everything?
  • What shouldn’t we share?

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You wouldn’t give your number to a stranger on the street. Is a stranger online any different?”

Listen to their answers. And be positive and encouraging.

Remind them that they shouldn’t share private things, such as:

  • personal information, like emails, names, phone numbers, school names
  • photos of themselves with strangers
  • photos of their body
  • gossip

Explain that you understand the internet is a great place to play, create, learn and connect. But remind them they can talk to you if anything upsets or worries them.

Reassure them that you won’t overreact – you’re just looking out for them.

And if they feel like they can’t speak to you, tell them to talk to an adult they trust, like a teacher or Childline.

Harry Potter locations, calledinns, greenhouses and fortresses, are usually located in public places, like parks and churches. Make sure you talk to your child about where they’re going and at what time. 

Visit the NSPCC for more information on keeping children safe when they’re away from home. 

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Talking to your child

Having open, regular conversations with your child will help you to really understand and explore the online world together. Our tips and advice can help you start these conversations.

Talk about staying safe online

What children and parents are saying about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

We've spoken to parents and kids to find out what they think.

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Kids

What do children and young people dislike about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? 

It uses all my phone battery.

Boy 11

I don't like it when I run out of spells.

Boy 11

What do children and young people like about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? 

It is fun, I like being able to find things.

Boy, 9

I like being able to play it when my mum's shopping.

Boy, 11


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Parents

We asked parents about the following areas of Miniclip:

Reporting and blocking

As you can't talk to other people in the app I don't think you need to be able to report or block anyone.

Mum of 11 year old boy

Privacy settings

I heard you need to make sure the name in the game isn't your real name to keep it private.

Mum of 9 year old boy

Signing up

It was very easy to sign up but I didn't like that you had to give your name.

Mum of 9 year old girl

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