Google and Pottermore Publishing Partner for More Google Assistant Content
If you’ve been spending the past few months telling your Google Assistant to tell you a Quidditch story, you’ll love this weekend’s update from Google. According to XDA Developers, new features have been added to Google Assistant, and among them is the addition of “new stories and games that can be accessed from a smart display or Android device.”
This includes more stories from Quidditch Through the Ages, as revealed in the article from XDA Developers and in Google’s own blog post on the subject. (The information on Quidditch Through the Ages: Highlights also confirms that there are now five excerpts from the book available to users.)
To use the feature, you can tell your Google Assistant any of the following commands: “Play a Quidditch story,” “talk to Quidditch Through the Ages: Highlights,” “talk to Quidditch Through the Ages,” or “talk to Quidditch Story.”
The blog post from Google additionally suggests that there are more stories from Pottermore Publishing on the way than just the Quidditch Through the Ages and Back to Hogwarts fun already included on Google Assistant devices. (Want to check if your device can play these excerpts? Visit the official website for Google Assistant for more details.)
While there is no news yet on what else might come to Google Assistant soon, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the inclusion of the other two Hogwarts Library books, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, in the future. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been available as an audiobook narrated by Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) since 2017, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard has been available as an audiobook narrated by numerous Wizarding World alumni since last year.
Other contenders for additional content include the Harry Potter: A History of Magic audiobook, narrated by Natalie Dormer, and the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Makers, Mysteries and Magic audiobook, narrated by Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski). Both of these audiobooks might not make it to Google Assistant, however, since they were released directly to Audible. (Audible is owned by Amazon, whose virtual assistant, Alexa, is a competitor to Google Assistant.)
How would you like to be able to interact with the Wizarding World using Google Assistant? Tell us in the comments below!