Pokemon Go names are now up for grabs in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Pokemon Go and Ingress Prime players can reserve their existing Niantic game handles for the upcoming Harry Potter game.

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Attention, witches, wizards and even Muggles: You may now be able to secure a code name for the forthcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game. If you already play Ingress Prime or Pokemon Go, you can reserve the same agent name or trainer nickname for Wizards Unite.

First announced in 2017, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is similar to Niantic's augmented reality game,  Pokemon Go , which lets players wander the real world pointing their phones at virtual landmarks. Drawing on the world of JK Rowling's magical stories, Wizards Unite sends players out to interact with fantastic beasts, learn spells and duel.

While there's no release date for the game yet, the opportunity to reserve an existing name is open until April 30. However, game creator Niantic points out this isn't a chance to create an entirely new user handle. You have to wait until Wizards Unite launches in your area to do that.

To carry your existing name over to the Wizarding World, magic your way to Niantic's reservation portal. You'll be asked to log in to your Ingress or Pokemon Go account, and you can then reserve your name for Wizards Unite. If you have the same user name for both Pokemon Go and Ingress, you only need to reserve your handle once.

But don't tarry: If someone else has the same name as you, it's first come, first served. So stop reading this and apparate over there right now.

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