In a month it’s time. On Tuesday, February 7th, 2023, Hogwarts Legacy, the long-awaited role-playing game, will be released, set in the legendary Wizarding World of Harry Potter. However, this only applies to players with PC, Xbox Series X & S or Playstation 5. If you still own one of the older consoles, you will have to wait much longer. PS4 and Xbox One owners will only be able to enjoy the Harry Potter RPG on Tuesday, April 4th, 2023.
Waiting even longer for the Nintendo Switch version. Hogwarts Legacy (buy now / €53.99) will be released for the hybrid console on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, almost half a year later. With the delayed release, you want to ensure that everyone involved has the best possible gaming experience. But for many Harry Potter fans, the question arises as to whether the game should be bought at all. Due to anti-trans statements by JK Rowling, best-selling author and creator of Harry Potter, quite a few are considering a boycott.
Is Harry Potter author JK Rowling directly involved in the creation of Hogwarts Legacy?
Because of the ongoing debate about JK Rowling’s anti-trans statements, the publisher of Hogwarts Legacy felt compelled to clarify to what extent the creator of Harry Potter was involved in the development of the role-playing game at all. A statement from Warner Bros. reads: “JK Rowling was not creatively involved in the making of the game – however, her exceptional writing skills are the cornerstone of all projects based on The Wizarding World. This is not a new story from JK Rowling.” So there was only a kind of “quality control” on the part of the author.
How much does Harry Potter author JK Rowling make from The Wizarding World?
Nevertheless, in the case of Hogwarts Legacy, a lot of money should flow to JK Rowling. The 57-year-old Briton sold the marketing rights to Harry Potter to Warner in 2000, but retained the publishing rights to the brand and secured a full say in any adaptations of the wizard’s student tale. Every time any officially licensed product from the world of Harry Potter walks across a store counter, JK Rowling takes his share.
According to Forbes, the Brit earned around $60 million in 2020 and was the 2nd highest-earning author in the world. In addition to her books, she mainly made a profit with the films and the attractions in the amusement parks of Universal Studios. JK Rowling is a billionaire and is considered one of the wealthiest people in Britain.
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In the debate about the pros and cons of a boycott, some fans argue that JK Rowling shouldn’t care if Hogwarts Legacy flops. A failure of the role-playing game would hit the hard-working developers in the first place. Hogwarts Legacy will be out in a month. And no matter how well the game performs in tests and how often it sells, the debate surrounding JK Rowling will always be present in the future. Everyone will have to decide for themselves in four weeks whether they will ultimately win the title.