The upcoming game Hogwarts Legacy, developed by Avalanche Software in collaboration with Warner Bros, is in a string of controversies over comments made by its author, J.K Rowling. These controversies regarding the LGBTQ community had hung over the game to divide its fan community. Despite Rowling’s comments earlier, many LGBTQ individuals fell in love with the artistic creation of JK Rowling.
Due to the harmful comments from JK Rowling, the developers and creators of the game have agreed not to involve JK Rowling in the production of the game. Although she is entitled to earn a profit indirectly from the success of any Harry Potter-related creations, such as theater tickets, Blu-rays, Merchandise, promotions, and video games.
Hogwarts Developers Responded To JK Rowling’s Anti-Transgender Comments
As the game gets inches closer to its release, which is only two weeks away from now, the developers have responded to burning questions regarding comments made by JK Rowling. Alan Tew, the game’s director addressed it in a strategic and technical way. He didn’t bother to mention the creator of the legacy.
However, he did mention that the challenges they faced have always been a burden. But they did overcome it by refocusing on the game as they analyzed the factors of the franchise that people love. He continued that the entire team knew that it was all about the wizarding world and the diverse audience they had to deliver. As a creator, Tew assured to provide the opportunity for every fan out there in the world to feel the return of Hogwarts.
Despite the backlash over the franchise due to Rowling’s unpleasant comments, Tew has focused on not mentioning anything specific, either about Rowling or the LGBTQ community. This could mean that the developing team is rigorously focused on preventing any errors in the game as they plan to launch soon.
Over time, JK Rowling expressed dishearted towards the LBGTQ through her transphobic comments. The author of Harry Potter slammed a 30- year-old Transgender, Jessie Earl, who urged not to support Hogwarts Legacy because her views directly and harmfully attack the LGBTQ community, despite Earl’s love for her work. Moreover, she came in support of Maya Forstater, who lost her job due to transphobic tweets.
Nevertheless, JK Rowling’s comments were heard and responded to by fellow Stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.
In the responding statement from Radcliffe, he expressed his mere emotions for JK Rowling as she is responsible for the course of life he is in. in the same way, he added how he honors and contributes to the work of The Trevor Project.
He continued that “ Transgender women are women. Any statement to the Contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I”.
He went on to claim the details of the report by Trevor Project as 78% of the transgender community and non-binary youth were facing discrimination due to their gender identity.
He made clear that they needed moral support to compete in this era. He concluded his statement, by advising not to take all these hateful comments to the heart, as the story of the franchise has been etched in the hearts of fans in a different way, and not to lose the beauty of it by the taint of these comments.
Emma Watson, who plays the role of the notorious Hermoine Granger also came in support of the Trans Community. She tweeted that “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they are.”
All the other actors in Harry Potter have raised their voices in favor of the LGBTQ community.