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01st Sep 2022

People are threatening to boycott the new Harry Potter game, Hogwarts Legacy

Kieran Galpin

People boycotting Harry Potter game JK Rowling

The game is set for release next year, unless it’s pushed back again

Gamers are threatening to boycott next year’s Harry Potter game over accusations of “antisemitism” themes that some also believe are present in the popular book series.

Hogwarts Legacy, developed by Avalanche Software and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is set to release in February 2023 after being punished back numerous times. While some fans are already questioning whether to buy the game because of JK Rowling’s stance on transgender people, another reason is starting to gain traction.

The “Goblin Rebellion” plot-line allows the gamer to take control of a goblin who is part of an “oppressed race who are fighting against their own slavery.”

However some fans have argued that the portrayal of the goblin characters hinges on harmful antisemitic stereotypes. This was also argued during the Harry Potter franchise itself, most notably in the final film, where the goblins are featured more heavily.

“The goblins of the Harry Potter series have long been criticised as offensive Jewish stereotypes,” wrote critic Kevin Rhodes on Reddit. “With critics pointing out their control of the magical banking system, their greed, and their exaggerated facial features.

“This game where the player fights against greedy, child-abducting Jewish stereotypes,” they added. “I beg you, please, don’t buy this game. Walk away from both Rowling and the Wizarding World. Don’t give Warner Brothers any more money.”

The post has since amassed over 82,000 likes, with many people seeming to agree with Rhodes.

Reacting to the post, one user wrote: “Admittedly, you can choose to be a dark wizard in the game and side with the goblins. But still. It’s not exactly lauded as the right option.”

Another said: “I know that not buying Hogwarts Legacy isn’t going to stop antisemitism and transphobia. But you won’t inconvenience yourself by not buying it.” While millions of copies will still undoubtedly be sold, the sentiment is shared across much of social media at large.

Hogwarts Legacy releases on February 10, 2023 but how well it performs remains to be seen.

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