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Hogwarts Legacy banned from subreddit amid JK Rowling controversy

Hogwarts Legacy banned from subreddit amid JK Rowling controversy

Fans faced consequences for "hate speech" in support of J. K. Rowling.

Hogwarts Legacy is once more in hot water owing to the political leanings of those who have contributed to its creation, and one Reddit post led to the bans of countless Harry Potter fans who seemingly support author J. K. Rowling's opinions.

As aforementioned, this isn't the first time this has happened. In 2021, lead designer Troy Leavitt departed the developer Avalanche Software after controversial "anti-fem" and "pro [Gamergate]" posts arose. Moreover, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has had to repeatedly counter concerns over how much Rowling will profit off the sales of Hogwarts Legacy as she espouses trans-exclusionary radical feminism (or TERF as a noun).

Most recently, Rowling took to Twitter to insult YouTuber Jessie Earl, who had said that there's no need to burn the books that offered fans escapism all that time ago, but buying Hogwarts Legacy is an active show of support for Rowling's transphobic rhetoric.

Yesterday, a post on the subreddit GamingCircleJerk gained a lot of traction for saying the same thing: "A friendly reminder from your modteam that this woman is a TERF and anyone who pledges to support her monetarily is also a transphobe." The response was expectedly polemic and the subreddit ended up banning Harry Potter fans who didn't agree with the original poster.

"Seriously the amount of hate speech that's been thrown away in this very thread and in our modmail, the fact that you people who insist you need to consume this latest WB product have thrown in with these kinds of people says a lot about your integrity, or rather the lack [thereof]," replied the mod. "Enjoy wasting $70 on your likely very buggy toy, I hope it's worth it. All us normal people will all be playing games that don't directly fund a prolific transphobe."

I can't see a reality where Hogwarts Legacy isn't shackled with the weight of the author's controversies. And as Rowling posts on social media often, it's only a matter of time before chaos is wrought again.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Topics: Hogwarts Legacy, Harry Potter, Warner Bros