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Warner Bros Games has just announced a game to fulfil the dreams of Harry Potter gaming fans.
Hogwarts Legacy, which will be available for PS5, Xbox One, PC and other consoles, will let players experience life as a student during the 1800s.
But although the game looks absolutely stunning, it doesn’t sit right with some Potter fans.
Many former Potter fans took to Twitter to remind others that they should not be supporting Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
The author has sparked controversy, with some accusing her of making transphobic comments.
One angry fan wrote: “If you plan on buying Hogwarts Legacy, or support JK Rowling in any way, shape or form, get the f**k away from me.”
Another wrote: “Now to be absolutely fair, Hogwarts Legacy looks like something I would have loved to play if JK Rowling hadn’t been the most horrible TERF (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist) transphobe out there. I’ve been refusing to give her one more penny.”
A third wrote: “Oh, that open world Harry Potter game is finally being revealed officially.
“Reminder, buying this game does finically support JK Rowling, who is a huge unapologetic TERF. She actively hates being like me existing.”
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Understandably, others are conflicted – recognising that the game looks wonderful.
One person wrote: “Me watching the Hogwarts Legacy trailer thinking about how I want to buy it but also that JK Rowling will make money off it”, alongside a meme of Pingu looking stubborn.
A second added: “I’m so conflicted because I’ve wanted a Harry Potter RPG for so long but there’s no way I can play Hogwarts Legacy without lining the pockets of a transphobe.”
Hogwarts Legacy will be released in 2021.
On the backlash, Rowling says she is prioritising female safety, writing: "I've been in the public eye now for over 20 years and have never talked publicly about being a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor.
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"This isn't because I'm ashamed those things happened to me, but because they're traumatic to revisit and remember.
"I also feel protective of my daughter from my first marriage. I didn't want to claim sole ownership of a story that belongs to her, too.
"However, a short while ago, I asked her how she'd feel if I were publicly honest about that part of my life and she encouraged me to go ahead.
"I'm mentioning these things now not in an attempt to garner sympathy, but out of solidarity with the huge numbers of women who have histories like mine, who've been slurred as bigots for having concerns around single-sex spaces."
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