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The announcement of Hogwarts Legacy should have been something truly special. The massive open-world Harry Potter RPG looks like exactly the kind of game fans of the wizarding world have been waiting for ever since they first finished reading through The Philosopher's Stone. A sprawling adventure that finally gives us the chance to explore all of Hogwarts and the surrounding areas? Sounds great!
Unfortunately, the announcement of a game that we should all have been able to look forward to unconditionally has been completely and utterly compromised for so many. Why? Because of Harry Potter creator J.K Rowling and her repeated transphobic stances on Twitter and any other platform she's given... which, being J.K Rowling, is rather a lot of platforms.
Despite past reports that Rowling has had very little direct involvement in Hogwarts Legacy, there are those that still have an issue with the idea of buying or supporting a game that gives further support, power, and money to the author - be that directly or indirectly.
It hasn't helped matters any that parent company Warner Bros. and developer Avalanche Software have both been fairly evasive in regards to taking a stance on Rowling's well-documented transphobia... until now.
Bloomberg's Jason Schreier has reported that Warner Bros. Games president David Haddad.finally addressed the Rowling issue in a way that is unlikely to please that many of the author's critics. Haddad was asked during an internal Q&A about the widespread criticism and condemnation of Rowling's views. His reply? Everyone is entitled to their own opinions.
"Not a lot I can comment on, other than, since we did get so many [questions], I wanted to be responsive the best way I could," reads a transcript of Haddad's response, obtained by Schreier. "The way I think I'd like to do it is, I'd like to echo something you've heard from our most senior executive leadership.
"While JK Rowling is the creator of Harry Potter, and we are bringing that to life with the power of Portkey, in many places, she's a private citizen also. And that means she's entitled to express her personal opinion on social media. I may not agree with her, and I might not agree with her stance on a range of topics, but I can agree that she has the right to hold her opinions."
It seems fairly clear that Haddad was attempting to distance himself from Rowling's views without actually criticising them or insulting the author in any way. It also seems clear that this will have done nothing to change the minds of those who have already decided whether or not they're going to support or boycott Hogwarts Legacy when it launches next year.
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Topics: Hogwarts Legacy
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