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Harry Potter Videogame 'Hogwarts Legacy' Will Be Trans-Inclusive

According to Bloomberg, you will be able to customize your character's gender, voice, and body type. This comes as a surprise after J.K Rowling comments against the transgender community

By Ingrid Mateos

- March 02 , 2021 - 17:39 hs
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The role-playing game will let you customize your character's gender in the wizarding school, as well as body type and voice, says a Tuesday report from Bloomberg. Witch or Wizard? It is up to you. The highly anticipated video game 'Hogwarts Legacy' will be out until 2022 and is already creating waves after the obnoxious comments the writer of the Harry Potter Saga, J.K Rowling made against trans people. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Avalanche Software are trying to make some damage control. The game is set to be released in 2022 for the PS5 and is also coming to the Xbox Series X, PS4, and Xbox One.

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One of the most memorable comments Rowling made was when in an article it mentioned "people who menstruate", she commented, "I'm sure there used to be a word for those people." This was not the only comment she shared, and all this issue was seen as demeaning for the transgender community. Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed the main character of the Harry Potter saga, and Eddie Redmayne, who stars in the 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' saga, commented against the author and defended trans people.

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As a result, some members of the 'Hogwarts Legacy' development team have fought to make the game as inclusive as possible, but last month, Hogwarts Legacy faced more controversy after gaming journalist Liam Robertson revealed that Troy Leavitt, a senior producer at Salt Lake City-based Avalanche, made dozens of YouTube videos attacking feminism and “social justice.” 

The conceptualization of the latest Harry Potter video game began in 2017 when video game developer Avalanche Software was acquired by WB from Disney, and they created the label Portkey Games just for making new Harry Potter games. This will be the first console-based game they’ll release since. This is the second fame the franchise releases, the first, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a mobile game.

'Hogwarts Legacy' is set in the 1800s, based on the fictional experiences of a student at Hogwarts, the same school in the Harry Potter storyline. WB Games’ website stressed that “J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game” and that “this is not a new story from J.K. Rowling.”

They added, “However, her extraordinary body of writing is the foundation of all projects in the Wizarding World.” The official synopsis can be read on their webpage. “Experience a new story set at Hogwarts in the 1800s. Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. Make allies, battle Dark wizards and decide the fate of the wizarding world.”

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