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Witchcraft and Wizardry is the Harry Potter Minecraft RPG you didn't know you needed

Witchcraft and Wizardry, a total conversion Minecraft mod that turns the game into a Harry Potter RPG, is now available after a whopping four years in development. 

As PC Gamer reports, the mod was officially released in Minecraft this week after a short stay in public alpha. The mod will surely be updated and refined in the weeks to come, but it's officially here and playable, and it couldn't have come at a better moment. This is the perfect time to lose yourself in a fantasy world, and after the latest teaser for Witchbrook, an upcoming RPG that blends Harry Potter and Stardew Valley, we're hankering for something magical. 

As you can probably tell from its launch trailer, Witchcraft and Wizardry is an exceedingly faithful and flavorful recreation of the Harry Potter universe. It's got magic bricks that turn to reveal hidden paths, minigames based on classic broom-riding and spell-slinging scenes from the original story, unique mobs and iconic characters, and a staggeringly detailed take on Hogwarts and the surrounding area. 

You can download the mod for free via Planet Minecraft. If you need help setting it up, you can pop into the dedicated Discord channel (via your browser if you don't have the desktop app). You can also download the map separately if you just want to explore things, but how could you pass up hanging out with block-Hagrid? 

We haven't heard much in the way of official Harry Potter games in some time, but word is Warner Bros. Games was originally planning to announce one at E3 2020 before it was cancelled. Perhaps we'll hear more on that later this year.  

As a staff writer and former freelancer, Austin focuses on day-to-day news happenings which serve as the perfect cover-up for his Destiny 2 column. He majored in journalism, loves to hate headlines, and never takes his Switch out of the dock.