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Conjure spells on your phone to prepare for 'Fantastic Beasts'

It doesn't even need unicorn hair.
Billy Steele
November 1, 2016
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J.K. Rowling's prequel to the Harry Potter series is set to hit theaters next week and Google wants to help you prepare by turning your phone into a magic wand. On an Android device, you can cast "spells" with an "OK Google" voice command. After you alert your phone with the magic phrase, follow it up with a command like "lumos" and "nox" to turn the flashlight on and off. You can also use "silencio" to mute any sounds and notifications. Sure, it's rather simple, but it's a neat way for Potter fans to get ready for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ahead of next week's debut.

The movie promotions don't stop there as Google lets you explore the streets of New York in 1926 via Maps. You can visit key locations in the film and take a virtual tour of each, including the Magical Congress of the USA (MCUSA). Google already detailed its Daydream VR experience where you'll need to help Newt capture his escaped beasts before they cause a bigger ruckus. Of course, Google's Daydream View headset will arrive this month, so you'll have to wait to test drive the more immersive promo piece and use the controller as a magic wand.

Lastly, Google's Allo messaging app is set to get some Fantastic Beasts-themed stickers to enhance your movie-related convos. Stickers are all the rage these days, so this isn't a huge surprise after the recent Allo-assisted Stranger Things scavenger hunt and sticker pack. If you're looking to check out all of the stuff Google created for the movie, the company has a dedicated site to all the goods right here.

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