The Hogwarts Legacy: Dispelling The Magical Power Of 'Accusatus Transphobia'
J.K. Rowling is a sorceress
Efforts to guilt the public into not playing the most anticipated and well-received video game of the new year have failed.
Hogwarts Legacy, an interactive story set in the Harry Potter universe, has received overwhelmingly positive reviews despite being based on the intellectual property of a notorious “transphobe.”
At least one reviewer at GamesHub has whined that the game “cannot and should not be judged solely on its own merits,” but rather on their personal opinion of J.K. Rowling.
Even to praise the Avalanche Software game for playability, or an innovative game engine, is to “harm the transgender community,” complains Percey Ranson, a grown-ass man who calls himself a “transgirl.”
Percey means that it hurts him to see people enjoying a game if he dislikes the opinion of the creators. As usual, Percey does not offer any actual evidence of J.K. Rowling’s supposed transphobia. Like the supposed harm that people praising the game does to him, the bigotry is all in his own head.
He’s not a girl, but Percey is sulking like a juvenile because he doesn’t want to be a man. It isn’t just male-ness that Percey rejects, but adulthood.
I am a little too old for Harry Potter, but old enough to remember when the cancel culture was right wing, and Harry Potter was a target of wizard-hating religious zealots.
Today, the witch-burning religious zealots have pronouns. They target author J.K. Rowling because she told the Percey Ransons of the world to grow up. She said that magic isn’t real, which is so mean of her.
“Transgirls” hate her for it. They hate Rowling so much that they have started to police video game streamers, presumably so they can cancel anyone who dares to play Hogwarts Legacy in public.
This will not work out well.
At The Mary Sue, Jack Doyle insinuates that fantasy goblins are all Antisemitic to warn people away from Harry Potter.
Doyle claims that“Cornish mythology suggests that goblins (called “knockers”) are the malevolent spirits of Jews that worked in Cornish mines during the Middle Ages.”
Not only has Doyle appropriated a culture, Doyle is also a bad folklore historian. “Tommyknocker” legends have been around for thousands of years; like misogyny, or dishonesty, goblins are older than anti-Semitism.
So much for ethics in gaming journalism!
Having failed to get people to cancel or hate a game that is apparently pretty good, the overgrown children have found themselves on the wrong side of gamer culture. People want to be left alone to enjoy their games. Telling them they are bad people for playing a game, particularly one they enjoy, is a great way to alienate them.
Pressed to quote J.K. Rowling’s transphobic words, the zealots fail, because it isn’t her specific words, you see, but her ideas which are supposed to harm transgender people. Everything she says is transphobia. She is transphobia. Therefore, by the magical transitive property of transphobic hate-think, everyone who plays any game based on any Rowling property is themselves a genocidal transphobic bigot.
Except this is not making people accept transgender people, or embrace transgender policy demands. On the contrary, game streamers are now embracing “transphobia” with glee, as a matter of principal.
Never “marginalized” to begin with, the cancel crowd have done so much to “normalize” transgenderism that they have now become the “normies,” and it is their turn to get trolled.
Most people who buy games are adults. They insist on being treated like adults.
Podcaster Daniel Keem is one of the original streaming gamers. Now a critic of cancel culture, he has always been controversial. Peak trans is not his first rodeo with political correctness.
With more than 80,000 respondents at the time of publication, by a 5-to-1 margin respondents to Keem’s Twitter poll prefer to identify as “transphobic” rather than let someone else tell them which video games they are allowed to enjoy.
Now, that is hardly a scientific sample. But it points to just how exhausted people have become with “the civil rights cause of the 21st century” constantly centering itself and problematizing everything.
After all, Hogwarts Legacy is a fantasy game. In a fruitless effort to please the “transgender community,” Avalanche has even created an option for players to have transgender characters. It makes no sense at all to do that, but they did try.
Consider: if someone wishes they were born in the body of the opposite sex, they can play a character of the opposite sex in Hogwarts Legacy. No need to have a character arc that involves being magically born in the wrong body.
If someone wants to transform their “gender” through a magic potion, they can do that in just about every fantasy gaming system, though in most cases this is only temporarily.
Neither of these options is good enough for men who call themselves “transgirls,” however. Even an option to play a transgender character is not enough to satisfy this “transgender community.”
What they really want is for J.K. Rowling properties to fail so that they feel less like failures themselves. Having failed to stop her, or the game, some “transgirls” seem to think they can stop the gamers by chilling free expression, a strategy which is bound to backfire, which is worse than failing.
For a few years, the magical words “transphobia”and “transphobe” had everyone under a spell that made them fear to speak. But the evil sorcerors who stole the kingdom have reached the limits of their power to terrify people into submission with magic words. Courage is calling to courage. Resistance is growing.
You know what, I never read the book, but I saw this movie with my child, and I still approve of the message.
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It's great to read about successes against the transifiers!
Kara Dansky reports on another apparent recent success, the quiet sidelining by Senate Democrats of the Equality Act (which would make gender self-ID the law of the land): https://karadansky.substack.com/p/celebrate-every-victory
"Hogwarts Legacy has already smashed a Twitch record with the most live viewers for a single-player game ever on the platform, despite a streamer boycott."