Dame Maggie Smith and other actors from Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter films will be giving voice to characters in the new “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” role-playing game, which is officially slated to launch April 25.In the game, players create a personalized student avatar to experience life as a student at the famed Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s set in the 1980s, before Harry Potter’s birth.Smith, who played Prof. McGonagall in WB’s big-screen adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s best-selling books, said, “If I could attend Hogwarts as a student, I would be most excited to attend the potions class taught by Severus because it is the most exotic.”In addition to Smith, actors from the Harry Potter films providing voiceovers for Jam City’s “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” are: Michael Gambon (Prof. Dumbledore), Warwick Davis (Prof. Flitwick), Sally Mortemore (Madam Irma Pince), Gemma Jones (Madam Pomfrey) and Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch). Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The free-to-play mobile game is developed by L.A. games studio Jam City in partnership with Portkey Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s game label dedicated to Rowling’s Wizarding World.“Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” players join one of the four Hogwarts Houses before progressing through their years at Hogwarts, participating in magical classes and activities such as Potions and Transfiguration. As players improve their skills, they unlock new locations, spells and other magical abilities — and their decisions affect their character’s story arc and how other characters interact with them.The game will be available for mobile devices via Apple’s App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. More info is available on HarryPotterHogwartsMystery.com as well as on the game’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.Separately, WB’s Portkey Games also will be publishing the forthcoming “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” augmented-reality game being developed by Niantic Labs (the company behind “Pokemon Go”).
Swara Bhaskar, who has made her presence felt in the industry with Tanu Weds Manu and Raanjhanaa, is all set to push the boundaries again with Anarkali Aarawali.Swara plays a singer crooning double meaning songs in the journalist-turned-filmmaker Avinash Das’s movie.“Anarkali Aarawali is a challenging role because I play a singer who sings double meaning lewd songs and is very unapologetic about her sexuality. She considers herself an artist and her work an art. She is a foul mouthed and crass woman with fiery spirit. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“But, she is still vulnerable in a volatile and violent world that sees women like her as mere objects. We also have to be as real as we can to the story and the context without becoming gimmicky or sleazy,” Swara said in an interview. The Prem Ratan Dhan Payo actor says not crossing the thin line between being sensual and sleazy was a tough task.“A script like this is a challenge because it’s the story of an orchestra singer from Bihar from the town called Aarah which very known for politics and crime.”“It is the story of Anarkali, who’s the small star of Aarah who sings double-meaning and lewd sort of songs in villages weddings or celebrations and how a certain incident happens with her and then her journey henceforth. It’s a brilliant script and a very challenging role.” Swara travelled to Aara to meet the local singers of the region and went through various diction workshops.