The nasty bad buzz around transphobic positions of JK Rowling, the author of the cult adventures of the apprentice magician Harry Potter, had inevitably extended to the game inspired by his universe, Hogwarts Legacy: Hogwarts Legacy. It was thus discovered quite recently that Troy Leavitt, the lead designer of the game, was also the host of a very alt-right (the far right US), anti feminist and pro-gamer gate.
If the two personalities did not work together, and if Warner did not seem consciously determined to make Hogwarts Legacy: Hogwarts Legacy a title advocating intolerance, it must be admitted that that was a lot for a single license!
Fortunately, we learn these days that the developers have, on the contrary, pushed for the game to be as open as possible. It will thus be possible to build your avatar without restriction of gender clichés: whether you choose a male or female morphology, you can associate it with the clothes you want (whether they are marked male or female), the voice whatever you want, and choose to be a wizard or a witch (“Witch” or “Wizard” in original version) (hence U2’s song: “Witch or Wizard you”… Pardon.); that is to say that we can embody a trans character.
And that’s not all, since it is also said that a transgender NPC will be included in the cast. Of course, we can shout at the marketing coup, accuse Warner of trying to make up for it. But we can also imagine that a number of developers from Avalanche, the studio behind Hogwarts Legacy, honestly found himself stuck on the game, which he had probably been working on for a while, when the ramblings of JK Rowling appeared on social networks. And that they wanted to react in their own way.
In any case, the controversies will end up withering away, and it is the game that will remain. This news is therefore still good news! Hogwarts Legacy: Hogwarts Legacy had to be postponed and will be released somewhere in 2022.