The Harry Potter New York store, a retail site for fans of the series that launched last month, has become the new home to two brand new VR experiences which offer guests an immersive look at the Harry Potter Universe. Wizards Take Flight and Chaos at Hogwarts were developed in collaboration with Dreamscape, Wevr, and Keylight.
Both experiences launched last week, supporting up to six players at a time, and have a total run time of about 30 minutes (including gearing up and down). Both experiences are said to make use of “various haptics and special effects.” Players will be able to become witches and wizards with their pre-selected avatars and choose a Hogwart House to represent.
Chaos at Hogwarts
After missing the Hogwarts Express at King’s Cross Station, Dobby helps get us to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Students! Dobby needs your help. Journey through Hogwarts Castle, cast spells with your wand, round up Pixies, discover hidden secrets, and ﬁnd whether you and your friends can manage the Chaos at Hogwarts.
Chaos at Hogwarts takes players to familiar sequences and locations well known to fans of the Harry Potter media. From Platform 9 3/4 in King's Cross Station which takes players to the fabled Hogwarts to the Gryffindor common where they must wrangle the mischievous Cornish pixies, this VR Experience brings the world of magic and muggles to life. For Chaos at Hogwarts, players will wear a VR backpack, headset, foot-trackers, and hand-trackers.
Wizards Take Flight
Take flight into the wizarding world on your own broom. Fly freely in the skies above Hogwarts before meeting Hagrid at Knockturn Alley. Then battle Death Eaters over the city of London, casting spells with your wand as you try to escape through the clouds to the safety of Hogwarts Castle.
This aerial VR Experience has players soaring across the London sky as they help Hagrid deliver a special package and defend him against Death Eaters who try to hinder him. In Wizards Take Flight players will each be seated on a physical broom accessory and wear a VR headset and hand-trackers.
Both Harry Potter VR experiences are priced at $34 each and are sold online at the Harry Potter store website.