Hubble Bubble Toil and Trouble
Despite the recent news of JK Rowling’s opinions regarding the trans community, it’s fair to say that there’s a lot to be excited for with Hogwarts Legacy. Not only will the game feature the ability to explore Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, and the Forbidden Forest, we’re also due to get a complex and mysterious story following the adventures of a customizable player character – a late admission to Hogwarts who holds the key to an ancient secret which could change the Wizarding World forever. The developers are also reportedly working with LGBT+ groups, like GLAAD, to ensure that the game shows a fair representation of the queer community, especially in regards to trans representation.
Already, we have the potential for an extremely powerful wizard or witch, as the late admission could hint at the character being an Obscurial, who’s repressed their magical powers until it finds a destructive outlet in the form of an obscurus. The majority of obscurials die before their tenth birthdays, with only the most powerful, like Credence Barebone, surviving past that. Now, we have more big news, as it’s been reported that the game will utilize a morality system.
Of course, dark wizards are nothing new to the Harry Potter world, but getting the chance to play as one is certainly a new take on the franchise. We’re likely to get a branching story and, considering the big part that Hogwarts Houses have to play in the lifestyle of its students, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that this will have a part to play as well. Perhaps a Slytherin would have an innate preference to using their cunning to solve puzzles, whereas a Ravenclaw would prefer to use their mind or a Gryffindor would charge in, metaphorical guns blazing? According to a recent Q+A the game’s moral dilemmas will define what you stand for, and the sort of witch or wizard you want to be. After all, a Gryffindor or Slytherin is more likely to cheat on a test than a Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw. It’s likely that the game’s many dilemmas will have a large part in how the story plays out. Perhaps some missions will get harder as a result of your earlier actions, or your standing within Hogwarts? Who knows, but it looks like there’ll be a lot to look forward to when the game drops next year.
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