The Facebook portal can turn you into Harry Potter characters

(Pocket-lint) – Facebook has announced a new Harry Potter experience for users of its Portal line, as well as for Instagram and Facebook users.

Facebook’s video calling devices get a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child crossover that lets you and three friends use augmented reality to play as different characters from the JK Rowling fantasy series. It works in portal-to-portal video calls in the US and UK.

Here’s how Facebook described the integration:

“Anyone can initiate the experiment by pressing Curtain Recall in the portal effects bar. You can then select one of three menu locations to visit: Hogwarts Great Hall, Ministry of Magic, or Forbidden Forest Edge. the lights come on, each person on the call will play a character from the series with a unique spell, assigned at random. Just nod or tap the screen to launch it and watch your friends marvel at the magic.

Essentially, Portal offers AR masks that transform you into a Harry Potter character, and you can even “travel” to different places such as Hogwarts. Interestingly, AR masks will match your skin tone. “Callers can fully embody the characters through real-time skin sampling that matches the 3D character to your unique skin tone before converting it to an AR mask for seamless integration,” Facebook explained.

There are also 12 masks available, each powered by Facebook’s Spark AR technology. If you don’t have a Portal device, Facebook said Instagram and Facebook users can still interact with its Harry Potter AR masks through “every app’s camera.” Users can also share videos and photos with the masks through Stories.

Written by Maggie Tillman. Originally published on .

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