Hogwarts Legacy Review

One of the most anticipated games of 2023 is based on the deeply loved book series, Harry Potter. This new game is called Hogwarts Legacy, and its release was planned for Feb. 10. However, those who have preordered the game would be able to play the game 72 hours prior to this date. 

The fan-loved series: Harry Potter had its first novel published on June 26, 1997. The first book would be called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The book would become one of the bestselling books as it was able to sell 120 million copies. The story struck the chord of many, making it one of the most popular  novel series in history. 

With the game’s recent release, there have been several opinions that have been shared on the internet. The majority of them are positive, but no game is ever perfect. Many have shared their complaints and critiques on the game as well. 

IGN, one of the most popular game review organizations, had given Hogwarts Legacy a 9/10 on its review page. 

IGN recently wrote on their website that the game “gives you lots of reasons to drink in the experience of being a student at Hogwarts.”

Overall there has been a positive response from the Harry Potter community regarding the combat. Many have stated that it is immersive and smooth. The team had been working to clean the fluidity of the combat, and clearly. 

However, fans have also shared their concerns about the lackluster story that the game provided. While there are many side-missions that the player is able to immerse themselves in, the main story severely lacks depth. Some may even say that the side missions are better than the actual main story.

Critics also say that there was a lack of variety in the enemies you faced throughout the story. While there were some interesting ones, the majority of them were reused. 

Aside from the game itself, there had been a major issue the producers were facing prior to its release. J.K. Rowling’s infamous reputation within the transgender community. 

The controversy began with her unforgettable tweet: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”

This stirred up much controversy among Rowling and the transgender community. While Rowling had attempted to make it clear that she was not fully opposed to trans-women, she believed that parts of the trans movement were anti-women. 

While a huge part of this controversy was years ago, the franchise of Harry Potter becoming popular yet again is causing Rowling’s name to become a hot topic. Some are still in heavy debate on whether to support the franchise. Claiming that buying the game would support a step toward anti-trans movements. 

Some of the transgender community have spoken about this idea, stating that they aren’t against the idea of people buying the game. Everyone loves the wizarding world of Harry Potter, in fact, many grew up in this magical world. 

Despite the controversy, the long-awaited Hogwarts Legacy is expected to be 2023’s biggest game release and the most popular one. It has easily become the most successful Harry Potter game released with its sales reaching higher than the fan-favorite game Elden Ring