While some ‘Harry Potter’ fans anxiously await the upcoming game, others are trepidatious given author J.K. Rowling’s loud and divisive opinions pertaining to the trans community, and lead Simon Pegg is caught in the crosshairs.
Avalanche Software has taken to Twitter to finally announce the main voice cast for its upcoming role-playing video game, Hogwarts Legacy, and one A-list name has fans talking.
- Simon Pegg (The Boys, Shaun of the Dead) will voice Headmaster Phineas Nigellus Black, hailing from a long lineage of Slytherins.
- Sebastian Croft (Doom Patrol) and Amelia Gething (Emily) are the Playable Avatar, the fifth-year main character who can be either gender and is highly customizable.
- Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey) is Professor Matilda Weasley, Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts.
- Kandace Caine (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II) is Professor Onai, Divination teacher and gifted Seer.
- Sohm Kapila (The Mummy) is Professor Satyavati Shah, professor of Astronomy. Luke Youngblood (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Community) is Everett Clopton, Asif Ali (WandaVision, The Mandalorian) is Amit Thakkar, and Adam O’Connor is Mahendra Pehlwaan, all Ravenclaw students.
- Jason Anthony (The Sea Beast, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite) is Nearly Headless Nick, the jaunty Griffindor house ghost, as well as the Sorting Hat.
Watch the reveal video for Headmaster Phineas Nigellus Black featuring Simon Pegg below:
Hogwarts Legacy takes place 100 years before the events of the popular Harry Potter book series, although some names such as ‘Black’ and ‘Weasley’ are recognizable to those familiar with the lore.
While some Harry Potter fans anxiously await the upcoming game, others are trepidatious given author J.K. Rowling’s loud and divisive opinions pertaining to the trans community. The reception for Pegg’s leading role announcement has also been mixed, with some surmising the actor’s participation labels him a transphobe sympathizer. It seems there’s no winning when it comes to the franchise, even when Rowling isn’t directly involved.
Hogwarts Legacy comes to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC via Steam on February 10, followed by PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on April 4, and Switch on July 25.