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‘Hogwarts Legacy’ Game Features First Transgender Character in Harry Potter’s Wizarding World


By Todd Spangler
Feb 6, 2023 10:07am PT

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The soon-to-be-released “Hogwarts Legacy” game — set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World of more than 100 years ago — will include the franchise’s first transgender character.

The new Harry Potter-based open-world role-playing game, which is set in the 1800s Wizarding World created by Rowling, introduces players to Sirona Ryan, the proprietor of the Three Broomsticks pub in the game’s Hogsmeade Village — who informs players that her classmates took some time to realize that she “was actually a witch, not a wizard.”

The evident appearance of a trans character in the Wizarding World is significant, given that Rowling has generated widespread controversy over the last few years for making comments that many have perceived as anti-trans.

 In “Hogwarts Legacy,” when the player asked Sirona Ryan about how she knows a goblin named Lodgok, Ryan replies (via GameRevolution): “Hadn’t seen him in years when he came in a few months ago. But, he recognized me instantly. Which is more than I can say for some of my own classmates. Took them a second to realize I was actually a witch, not a wizard.”


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