Hogwarts Legacy is an upcoming Role-playing game based in the Harry Potter universe. So how do we deal with the conflict of being excited for finally getting the Harry Potter RPG we have always wanted, and the fact that the author of the books has revealed herself to be an awful person?
The Trans Community
Over the past few years, J.K.Rowling has said some pretty terrible things towards members of the LGBTQ+ community. On top of this, she is also saying some pretty awful things or agreeing with people who have said awful things, about people with mental health issues. This has caused large groups of people to be angry and disappointed that someone who created such a good book series is so close-minded.
Being trans is still taboo and there is still a lot of hatred for those who come out. It is not an “off-the-cuff change your mind 5 minutes later” decision. The only women’s rights that are in danger are the rights of the transgender women being bullied like this.
I sincerely doubt that trans women want to erase gender identity completely. They just want to be seen as women. It shouldn’t matter if they are going through hormone therapy, surgery, or other means. They are still women if they identify that way. To say that hormone treatment is essentially the new anti-depressant is dangerous. To also say that people on medication are lazy is also dangerous. There is already such a huge stigma around these things. Medication for mental health is there to help the chemical balance in the brain. Hormone treatment is to help people transitioning. Neither of these makes someone lazy. Women are women, their organs don’t define their gender. People with mental health are still human, medication doesn’t change that. What she has said hurts, a lot. But how does this impact those that have been waiting for a Harry Potter RPG?
Rowling’s Influence on Hogwarts
You can love the work an artist produces without feeling the same towards the artist. I think that’s what I need to do with this. Hogwarts will always feel like home to me. Instead of fighting Death Eaters, we need to stand together and fight Rowling. We will stand together and protect those that need it most, protect them from her. She’s like the Dolores Umbridge of the real world.
So many in this fandom have been waiting for a game like this. The desire to explore the Harry Potter world is immense. Now we finally have the chance to with Hogwarts Legacy. This game is looking beautiful and was an awesome feature during the PS5 showcase. Playstation uploaded the trailer for the game on their youtube channel and I have watched it multiple times. Leaving me with goosebumps, every single time.
Hogwarts Legacy Details
Hogwarts Legacy will also not be a PS5 exclusive. It will release for Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Playstation 5, and PC. It’s unclear at the moment how much freedom we will get, and how the sorting hat process will go, but the immersion into the Harry Potter universe begins with the confirmation of customisable characters. Will we have to do a quiz to decide what house we are in? Or will we be able to choose for ourselves? If the latter, it’ll be Slytherin for me, maybe even Ravenclaw. But if it’s a quiz, well then that’s even better.
This game is going to be an amazing game alongside a series of blockbuster games releasing next year. It’s going to be interesting to see how many people will buy it even after what Rowling has done and if it will harm sales. But as I stated, you can love the art without loving the artist. Just because she has made herself a Umbridge, doesn’t mean we have to let her take away the one thing that we love. Hogwarts will always be our home and be there for those that need it most. This fandom is strong. We are strong.
I’m ready for the fight that is to come in Hogwarts Legacy. Are you?
“These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has, perhaps, faced no greater threat than it does today. But I say this to our citizenry: We, ever your servants, will continue to defend your liberty and repel the forces that seek to take it from you! Your Ministry… remains… strong!“