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Hogwarts Legacy Developers Respond to Controversy Around Creator's Anti-Transgender Views

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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Legacy allows players to zoom around on broomsticks, master exotic spellbooks, and break bread with their fellow students on the castle grounds.

There are millions of Harry Potter fans on the planet, and after years of middling movie tie-ins and app-store flotsam, Portkey Games promised the first full-throated, big-budget embrace of the Wizarding World.Unfortunately, the author and primary rights holder of the Harry Potter franchise, J.K.

Rowling, has recently reinvented herself as one of the most prominent anti-transgender voices in the cultural gestalt, which has torpedoed much of the dizzy goodwill that Hogwarts Legacy was supposed to offer.As the game inches closer to release — only two weeks away — Portkey customers will be navigating a thicket of unresolvable ethical quandaries.

Is it possible to divorce the themes of love and belonging — so crucial to the Harry Potter canon — from its mercurial author?

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