Harry Potter fans are eagerly awaiting the release of the new video game Hogwarts Legacy. Recently it became known that the creators of RPG have expanded the possibilities for individualization of characters: for example, users will be able to create transgender characters.
Hogwarts Legacy is produced by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc. and the developers of Avalanche Software. The RPG is due out in 2022.
Insiders told Bloomberg that in the game it will be possible to choose the exact gender of the hero, his physique and voice. At the same time, a character of any gender can have both a female and a male voice.
This step by the Harry Potter game creators is associated with the recent scandals around the author of this series of books, J.K. Rowling. She was first accused of transphobia over an ironic Twitter post. For this, Rowling was criticized not only by Internet users but also by the main stars of the “Potter” – Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.
The second wave of hate hit Rowling after the release of her new detective, Bad Blood (she writes this episode under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith). The main villain in the book turned out to be a man dressed in women’s dresses. Some readers felt that the writer was trying to instil in them distrust of transgender men in this way.
Amid these scandals, Twitter users even launched the hashtag #RIPJKRowling (“rest in peace, J.K. Rowling”).