Harry Potter video game will feature a transgender character – media – RT Games & Culture

The Harry Potter universe has seen the addition of a transgender character, a gaming news website reported on Monday. GameRevolution said a non-player character named Sirona Ryan, a trans witch, will appear in the soon-to-be-released “Hogwarts Legacy” video game.

The article says this will be the first time such a character has been included in Wizarding World, a fantasy media franchise based on JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.

GameRevolution states that in the game, Ryan runs the Three Broomsticks pub and the player must interact with her on a mission involving the goblin Lodgok.

At one point in the dialogue, the witch would have said that the goblin had recognized her “immediately” a few months ago when she had not seen her for a long time.

Which is more than I can say for some of my own classmates. It took them a second to realize that I was actually a witch, not a wizard,Ryan added, as quoted in the article.

The Hill reported that Warner Bros., the publisher of “Hogwarts Legacy,” did not respond to a request for comment.

The game, which is set in the 19th century, is due out this Friday.

According to the game’s website, although Rowling was not directly involved in the creation of “Hogwarts Legacy, Portkey Games”has worked closely with his team on all aspects of the game to ensure it remains consistent with the magical experiences fans have come to expect.

The novelist herself, meanwhile, has courted controversy for views some consider transphobic. As recently as October last year, Rowling spoke out against a bill to promote transgender rights in Scotland.

Some gamers and streamers have already called for a boycott of the game, arguing that the entire franchise is inextricably linked to the author of the original novels.

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