New Harry Potter video game allows gamers to choose transgender characters
By Bob Garcia
The video game ecosystem is working to become more inclusive
Some controversial statements regarding transgender people coming from the Harry Potter creator, JK Rowling, recently shook social media. However, it seems that now gamers will be allowed to create transgender characters in the next Harry Potter video game, “Hogwarts Legacy,” according to Bloomberg News. The update is likely a direct response to Rowling’s comments, as well as those from the developer of the Harry Potter game, Avalanche Software.
Gamers will have the possibility to customize their player gender, body type, and voice, something similar to recent video games, such as the case of “Cyberpunk2077.” Hogwarts Legacy, which is currently being developed by Uta’s Avalanche Software, will be released by publisher Warner Bros and it will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Windows.
This decision to become more inclusive seems to be taken after the negative position most people of the Hogwarts Legacy took against all the comments regarding the transgender community expressed by Rowling. After considerably shaking the social media with her extensive number of Tweets, a few days later, Rowling said, “I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it.”
The comments thrown by Rowling weren’t the only ones attacking this community, as it was later revealed that dozens of YouTube videos going against “feminism” and “social justice” were made by a senior producer at Salt Lake City-based Avalanche.