Hogwarts Legacy has used an FAQ to distance itself from Harry Potter author (and raging homophobe) JK Rowling.
“J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game, however, her extraordinary body of writing is the foundation of all projects in the Wizarding World,” on answer on the FAQ reads. “This is not a new story from J.K. Rowling.”
“J.K. Rowling is supportive of Portkey Games and has entrusted the design and creation of the games to WB Games and the developers involved,” reads another,
While developer Avalanche doesn’t address Rowling’s recent bout of transpobia in its FAQ, it does state that, “while remaining true to J.K. Rowling’s original work, Portkey game developers chart new territory by creating fresh ways for fans to immerse themselves in the wizarding world.” Let’s see some transgender witches and wizards then, eh?
The Telegraph has slammed Rowling’s latest piece of fiction for featuring “a transvestite serial killer”. The outlet’s review asks, “one wonders what critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress.”
Rowling’s latest novel is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to transphobic attitudes of late, with a declared belief that transgender females couldn’t menstruate. Rowling has then taking to social media (and an essay) in defence of her claim. Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has written an essay of his own against Rowling’s beliefs.
“It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm,” Radcliffe wrote.
Set at Hogwarts in the 1800s (so no Harry, Ron or Hermione for us), Hogwarts Legacy is expected in 2021 on Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S & X, PS4 and PS5.