How about that, J.K. Rowling?
It seems like the upcoming Harry Potter game ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ is sending everyone a special message: they can do better than J.K. Rowling, whose public image has gone downhill for her persistent transphobic comments over the years.
According to a Bloomberg report, ‘Hogwarts Legacy,’ an open-world game set in the Harry Potter universe, will allow players to “customize their character’s voice, body type and gender placement for the school dormitories.” This feature gives everyone the ability to choose between being a “witch” or “wizard,” which will then determine what dormitory the character will be placed in and how other characters will address them. Aside from these customization options, the development team at Avalanche Software is also reported to be pushing for the addition of a transgender character.
If you think about it, it’s not an unusual thing for a video game to take a step towards inclusivity. Many games have already done it; Xbox’s Tell Me Why is a narrative-based adventure game that features a trans lead character. But for ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ whose source material was a brainchild of someone who actively marginalizes the already vulnerable trans community, such effort would definitely spark conversations.
‘Hogwarts Legacy’ is developed by Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It was initially slated for a 2021 release; however, the creators admitted to needing more time to create “the best possible experience for all of the Wizarding World and gaming fans,” so the game’s launch has been delayed until 2022. Check out the game’s official synopsis:
Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive, open-world action RPG set in the world first introduced in the Harry Potter books. Now you can take control of the action and be at the center of your own adventure in the wizarding world. Embark on a journey through familiar and new locations as you explore and discover fantastic beasts, customize your character and craft potions, master spell casting, upgrade talents, and become the wizard you want to be.
Experience 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. You have received a late acceptance to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and soon discover that you are no ordinary student: you possess an unusual ability to perceive and master Ancient Magic. Only you can decide if you will protect this secret for the good of all, or yield to the temptation of more sinister magic.
Discover the feeling of living at Hogwarts as you make allies, battle Dark wizards, and ultimately decide the fate of the wizarding world. Your legacy is what you make of it.
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