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A new 'Harry Potter' adventure will hit Google's VR platform

Use the controller as a wand in the 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' Daydream experience.
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One of the first pieces of content to launch on Google's new Daydream mobile VR platform expands on the most popular and fantastical multimedia franchise in modern history. A VR experience built around Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a new film in the Harry Potter universe, is heading to Daydream. Google only teased the experience on-stage at its "Made by Google" event today, but it dropped one crucial piece of information: Players will be able to use the Daydream controller as a wand in the game.

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The Daydream controller functions similarly to Nintendo's Wii remote: It's a slim, motion-tracking stick with a few buttons. Basically, it's a great stand-in for an actual magical wand (just don't tell Ollivander).

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them lands in theaters in November. Coincidentally, Daydream headsets cost $80 and start shipping in November. Google's new Pixel phones, which are Daydream-ready, are available to pre-order today starting at $650.

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Jessica earned her BA in journalism from ASU's Walter Cronkite School in 2011, and she's written for online outlets since 2008, with four years as senior reporter at Joystiq. She specializes in covering independent video games and esports, and she strives to tell human stories within the broader tech industry. Jessica is also a sci-fi novelist with a completed manuscript floating through the mysterious ether of potential publishers.

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