The Harry Potter fan base has been divided on social media over recent online discussions about whether or not to boycott the upcoming title of Hogwarts Legacy.
Hogwarts Legacy is one of the most anticipated releases for 2022. However, the Harry Potter community is vocally divided over the upcoming title, with many urging gamers to boycott it altogether. With pre-orders for the Collectors Edition of the game selling out in minutes, the debate is now more heated than ever.
The reason for fans wanting to boycott the game is due to Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s history of public transphobic comments that she continues to insist on. In recent years, JK Rowling has come out and spoken openly and candidly about the trans community. Her comments hurt many because they were outwardly transphobic. As a result, the Harry Potter brand – as well as its legion of fans – have gone to great lengths to distance themselves from the author.
With Hogwarts Legacy coming out in six months, the Harry Potter fanbase is torn over whether or not to support the game. Online discourse on Twitter had the game trending for this exact reason, but the discussion is only getting bigger and more intense.
On the one hand, Harry Potter fans are speaking out against Rowling’s transphobic comments, saying it’s just one of “many reasons” they won’t buy the game. To add to this, others bring in the “separate the art from the artist” discussion as a way to show support for the game without directly supporting Rowling and her statements.
One Twitter user wrote how the profits Rowling will make from the game will be used to “push her bigoted agenda further”. Others also highlight the checkered past that some of the lead developers have when it comes to their views on female representation.
For Harry Potter fans eagerly awaiting this release, they are expressing their fear of being called a “piece of shit” for wanting to buy the game. Some then challenged others by asking whether they boycott other major parent companies that are similarly shrouded in controversy.
Longtime Harry Potter fans also emphasize how one’s attachment to the series from a young age is not something to be used against them. That those who decide to buy the game shouldn’t be immediately labeled as enabling Rowling’s transphobic agenda.
Rowling was not at all present at the documentary Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts. In addition, the real competition of the Harry Potter sport Quidditch has changed its name to Quadball to distance itself from the author and her transphobic comments.
With the game still months after release, it’s likely that the discussion about the Hogwarts Legacy boycott will only continue to grow ahead of launch.
Hogwarts Legacy hits stores on February 10, 2023.