Peek Into the World of “Fantastic Beasts” With Google Magic

J.K. Rowling is taking us on another adventure with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It promises to be a ride this November. And who would blame you if you bring out your wish to be a wizard? Hogwarts is not accepting applications right now, but Google (as always) knows how to play chief warlock.

With a swish of its algorithms, it casts its spell. Bring out your Android phone.

Say “OK Google”

Turn it into a magic wand by chanting “OK Google” and summon Google Search. Say “Lumos” or “Lumos Maxima” to turn your flashlight on. That’s the same incantation that lighted up the Harry’s magic wand. Turn it off by saying “Nox”. Or, you can also say “Silencio” to silence your phone.

As far as I know, these are the only Harry Potter spells that work for now.

Walk on Google Street View

If that isn’t exciting enough, Google Maps and Street View will take you back in time to New York in 1926. Google has added real-world locations from the film to Street View. Type “fantastic beasts” into the Google Maps search bar and you are instantly transported to the Goldstein Residence. This is the magical but humble brownstone apartment of Tina and Queenie Goldstein who are two of the film’s key characters.

Fantastic Beasts is based on the fresh adventures of “magizoologist” Newt Scamander in and around the New York of 1926. The adventures of Harry and his friends happened during the 1990s. Fans can visit MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA); Steen National Bank, where Newt first meets Jacob Kowalski. Peek inside the underground tavern called “The Blind Pig”. And enter the magical apartment of Tina and Queenie Goldstein.

You still don’t get to enter the Magical Congress of the United States of America, which is concealed in downtown New York’s historic Woolworth Building. But this time, Google is doing its bit to combine real world locations with American no-majs — and heightening our anticipation for the movie and four sequels to follow.

Other Goodies

Keep the Fantastic Beasts Google page bookmarked for a whole menu of goodies. Google explains it all on its blog. And before you leave this page, catch the trailer on YouTube.

What did you take away from this sneak peek?

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