Does JK Rowling make money selling Hogwarts Legacy?

Published: 2023-01-09T02:33:27

Updated: 2023-01-09T02:33:39

With Hogwarts Legacy arriving in early 2023, there’s been a lot of discussion about Harry Potter author JK Rowling and whether she’ll benefit from the game. Here’s everything you need to know about her involvement and whether or not she’ll be monetizing Hogwarts Legacy.

The upcoming PlayStation exclusive Hogwarts: Legacy will be one of the most anticipated games of 2023. However, the lead up to its release has been shrouded in controversy due to the possible ties it has with JK Rowling.

Rowling – the author and creator of Harry Potter – has come under fire in recent years for public comments that many called out as being transphobic. As a result, the author has been much less involved with Harry Potter content lately.

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Rowling was not present at all for the documentary Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts. In addition, the real league of the Harry Potter sport of Quidditch has changed its name to Quadball to distance itself from the author and her divisive comments.

With Hogwarts: Legacy set to release on February 10, 2023, conversation around Rowling’s involvement only continues to grow. So does the author have a role in the upcoming video game and will she benefit from its release? Read on to find out more.

JK Rowling’s involvement in Hogwarts Legacy explained

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JK Rowling has fallen out of favor with Harry Potter fans for her views on the transgender community.

Although Hogwarts Legacy is set in the larger world of Harry Potter, the story and creation of the game have not been worked on in any way by Rowling herself. This was confirmed by the game’s developers in a recent FAQ. They confirmed that she is “not involved in the making of the game,” adding that the game “is not a new story by JK Rowling.”

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However, the developers noted that while creating the world from Hogwarts Legacy, the developers “worked closely with her team on all aspects of the game.”

And while Rowling may not have had a direct hand in creating the game, the author is still set to capitalize on the success. The author still owns Harry Potter’s IP address, meaning any content created under the entertainment juggernaut awards Rowling royalties from sales.

Therefore, Rowling will basically make money from Hogwarts Legacy.

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