, the upcoming open-world Harry Potter video game set in the
wizarding world of the 19th century, won’t be released until 2022 — but the
game keeps getting mired in controversy. Last year, publisher Warner Bros. had
to clarify that Harry Potter creator J.K. wasn’t directly involved in the
making of the game following a string of transphobic comments from the author.
And now, the political views of one of the game’s developers has caught the
public eye, leading one major community to eschew promotional coverage of the
The game’s latest controversy began when journalist Liam Roberston posted a
Twitter thread highlighting that Hogwarts Legacy
lead designer Troy Leavitt
once kept a YouTube channel full of far-right content. Videos by Leavitt
included a defense of men who were accused of sexual harassment, a defense of
cultural appropriation, and discussions on whether or not “thought crimes” are
a real thing. Some videos were also sympathetic of the Gamergate movement,
which harasses women and marginalized groups in the video game industry under
the guise of journalism ethics."
Via Frederick Wilson II.
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