Harry Potter Game Devs Distressed Over J.K. Rowling's Transphobic Statements

Ross Houston
June 30, 2020

Interactive Entertainment purchased and revived in 2017 after its closure in 2016.

This report describes the untitled Harry Potter game as featuring an expansive, open world replica of Hogwarts, the school from the book series, where you can "role-play" as a wizard.

Rumours first arose when the supposed footage of the game was first leaked in 2018, but there has been no official confirmation since.

A new report based on inside sources confirms the game is now in development, and that it's an open-world RPG set in a massive recreation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and that Warner Bros. plans to officially reveal it later this year. Interactive, with Avalanche Software leading development. Players will role play wizards in a massive open-world that serves as a "re-creation of Hogwarts and its surrounding areas".

This game was reportedly due to be revealed at E3 2020 before the event was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.

Rumours about a big-budget Harry Potter RPG have been swirling around the internet for a long time.

The Rowling controversy is likely to diminish some anticipation for the game, said Felicia Grady, managing editor of the popular Harry Potter fan site MuggleNet.

Here is where things get complicated, since these sources also claim that the reason why this new Harry Potter game hasn't been officially mentioned yet is because the studio is conflicted by some "controversial" comments made on social media by Harry Potter series creator J.K. Rowling. Publisher Warner Bros. has yet to officially announce the game, but its existence is nearly indisputable at this point: it's been rumored for years, with footage leaked in 2018.

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