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'Hogwarts Legacy' JK Rowling Controversy Officially Addressed By Warner Bros. Games

'Hogwarts Legacy' JK Rowling Controversy Officially Addressed By Warner Bros. Games

The head of Warner Bros. Games, David Haddad, has responded to players' plans to boycott Hogwarts Legacy over its link to JK Rowling.

The hype for Hogwarts Legacy has been surging again. Following a new trailer at Gamescom, which showcased the Unforgivable Curses (and seemingly a split story path for those who dare venture into the dark arts), the expensive collector’s edition was revealed, and pre-orders went live, sending fans into a frenzy.

Take a look at the latest Hogwarts Legacy trailer below.

Because of this, though, a number of people online have once again been raising concerns about supporting the game, when it’s still implicated with Harry Potter author JK Rowling. In case you were unaware, in June 2020, Rowling published a harmful essay, in which she expressed concerns that trans activism could in some way harm cisgender women. She’s also been very vocal about her views on Twitter since then. 

In an interview with Axios, the head of Warner Bros. Games, David Haddad, was directly asked about gamers who are planning on boycotting the game to avoid supporting JK Rowling. He said: “We're going to stay very focused on the game that we built and the great job that Avalanche Studios has done. We want everybody that loves this world and loves these stories and loves these characters.”

Haddad previously responded to the situation to say that Rowling is “entitled to express her personal opinion on social media”. He continued: “I may not agree with her, and I might not agree with her stance on a range of topics, but I can agree that she has the right to hold her opinions.”

Featured Image Credit: Avalanche Software, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Topics: Hogwarts Legacy, Harry Potter, Warner Bros