J.K. Rowling may be in trouble when it comes to the LGBTQ community, but WB is finding ways to distance the author from her multi-million-dollar Harry Potter franchise. A Hogwarts Legacy game is expected to come out next year, and it has been revealed that gamers can actually make their own characters that are trans.
As per Bloomberg, an anonymous source has revealed that players, “Will be able to create a character that has a masculine or feminine voice no matter what their body looks like,” what’s more, players can also choose if their character could be referred to as a witch or a wizard which determines which dorm they get assigned in, and how they’ll be addressed in the game.
We don’t have any idea on how this game mechanic will work yet, and the source was also said to have preferred to be anonymous because they weren’t authorized to make anything public. With the game set to come out in 2022, it’s possible we could get a more in-depth look at the gameplay sometime later in the year.
Admittedly, some fans are still quite split on their feelings for Harry Potter. While it is a great kids’ book, Rowling’s recent comments have been deemed as problematic by the LGBTQ. While I am convinced that Rowling’s intentions are genuinely progressive, it’s been pointed out that a lot of her statements are low-key anti-trans, and Rowling has also been showing support for more aggressive non-inclusive personalities.
We don’t know how the franchise will move forward, but we do know that Hogwarts Legacy is set to come to the PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, and PS5 sometime in 2022.