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In news that – whether intentionally or not – will likely be swallowed by the scores of people diving into The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, the official Hogwarts Legacy Twitter account announced that the game will be coming to Nintendo Switch on November 14th, after previously having released on other platforms back in February.



As far as big video game releases have gone, Hogwarts Legacy has been steeped in controversy from the onset – in part due to the game’s narrative echoing anti-semitic tropes, and in part due to being connected to the wider Harry Potter franchise, and therefore the coffers of one Joanne Knowles Rowling. After writing the beloved children’s series decades ago, Rowling has gained notoriety for becoming an extremely vocal opponent of trans rights, which has been exhaustively detailed by multiple outlets. Rowling’s rhetoric has only intensified as time has gone on, and as such, many proponents of trans rights have called to boycott the game.

Speaking personally, as a trans woman myself, I encourage folks to not buy the game new – obtain it used if you absolutely must for the sake of your happiness play Hogwarts Legacy. While there’s much more that needs to be done to tackle anti-trans legislation around the world and in both the US and UK, this is a very small way you can show support. But of course, it is ultimately your decision.


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.