Warner Bros. Plans a ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ Sequel Despite Outrage Surrounding Rowling

Hogwarts Legacy proved to be a monumental success, generating over $1 billion in revenue despite its connection to J.K. Rowling's controversial tweets in recent years.
Published On September 19, 2023

Rumors of a Hogwarts Legacy sequel have already started making the rounds. Photo via Warner Bros. Games/Avalanche Software

Hogwarts Legacy isn’t a bad game, certainly not one deserving a 1/10 rating. The game’s reputation (and that of the entire Wizarding World for that matter), however, is tied to that of author J.K. Rowling — who has continued inciting outrage from trans gamers and the community as a whole. As the gaming community took up arms against “Hogwarts Legacy,” what came to light was a begrudging reality: social media hate and criticism don’t equate to real-world consequences.

No uproar could halt “Hogwarts Legacy’s” success — selling over 15 million copies and generating over $1 billion in revenue. Mainstream gaming audiences abandoned Rowling’s anti-trans narrative in favor of fulfilling their childhood fantasy of receiving an acceptance letter from the famed “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft.” This only added momentum to the studio’s plans for a sequel to “Hogwarts Legacy” — one that soaks you into Harry Potter tales.

Gameplay mechanics from Hogwarts Legacy.
The Straw Hat pirates from Netflix's live-action adaptation.

Hogwarts Legacy has you sweeping the halls of Hogwarts clean as you engage in a rather stagnant loot collection-heavy gameplay.

Photos via Warner Bros. Games/Avalanche Software

Industry insider MyTimeToShineH shared news about a potential return to the hallowed halls of Hogwarts, reporting that a sequel is in the works. Warner Bros. previously reported seeing “Hogwarts Legacy” as a “long-term franchise,” reported Variety after speaking to WB Games President David Haddad.

Warner Bros. is seeing “Hogwarts Legacy” as a long-term franchise.

The reveal trailer for Hogwarts Legacy promised players to add their “own story” to “shape the future” of the Wizarding World. You step in the shoes of a new student at Hogwarts, one who gets embroiled in an ancient conspiracy — events set some 100 years before the events of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” Warner Bros. was abundantly clear that the author “is not directly involved in the creation of the game.”

Beyond the panicked disclaimers under the ever-present shadow of Rowling’s transphobia came a game that “feels like a third-person shooter, one in which you barely have to aim,” according to Polygon. Wired magazine noted that the gameplay “feels dated,” and has “no magic, no heart.” Like most reviews of the game, things appeared to weigh more on its “real-world harms.”

Other outlets, such as Canadian publication TheGamer declined to formally review the game or cover any news updates, even asking its readers not to play the game if they cared about their trans friends.

Carried heavily by the economic power of nostalgia, the game taps into childhood dreams of receiving an acceptance letter from the famed wizarding school. It also serves as a precedent: J.K. Rowling’s political hogwash can be (somewhat) separated from her intellectual property, and even yield great profits. Even with a drastic drop-off in popularity, online communities continue to wonder about a potential DLC and the sequel.