Gamers boycott new Harry Potter release amid row over ‘anti-Semitism’ over ‘Goblin Rebellion’ conspiracy

Players have decided to boycott a new Harry Potter release amid an “anti-Semitism” dispute over the “Goblin Rebellion” conspiracy, which offers players a chance to fight “oppressed races fighting their own slavery.” .

Hogwarts Legacy, due for release next year after a series of delays, is an RPG set in the magical world of the 19th century.

It depicts a “possibly growing goblin rebellion,” with critics saying that players would be fighting an “oppressed race that stands up to their own… slavery.”

PlayStation has informed players that they will be able to “dictate the fate” of the magical universe and will “encounter missions and scenarios that will pose difficult choices and define what they stand for”.

However, some critics of the game are concerned about the presence of goblins, claiming that they are based on anti-Semitic stereotypes.

The game's official website states that the game features a

The game’s official website states that the game features a “possibly rising goblin rebellion”. Pictured is a goblin from the game trailer

Some critics of the game are concerned about the presence of goblins, claiming that they are based on anti-Semitic stereotypes

Some critics of the game are concerned about the presence of goblins, claiming that they are based on anti-Semitic stereotypes

The game will feature “trolls, dark wizards, goblins and more” where the player will have to face “a dangerous villain”.

Hogwarts Legacy also allows players to freely roam Hogwarts, Hogsmeade and the Forbidden Forest – all key settings from the books by JK Rowling.

In the Harry Potter series, goblins work as bankers and have been depicted with exaggerated noses and ears.

In a viral post shared by several people, critic Kevin Rhodes said: “The goblins of the Harry Potter series have long been criticized as offensive Jewish stereotypes.

“With critics pointing out her control over the magical banking system, her greed and over-the-top features.

“In this game, the player fights against greedy, child-abducting Jewish stereotypes.

In a viral post shared by several people, critic Kevin Rhodes said the goblins were viewed as

In a viral post shared by several people, critic Kevin Rhodes said the goblins were viewed as “offensive Jewish stereotypes.”

Another commenter said players will be able to side with the goblins.

Another commenter said players will be able to side with the goblins.

One critic suggested it was similar to a

One critic suggested it was similar to a “conqueror engaging in violence against indigenous peoples”.

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A call not to buy the Hogwarts Legacy game garnered more than 82,000 likes

A call not to buy the Hogwarts Legacy game garnered more than 82,000 likes

“The game in which the player quells the uprising of an oppressed race fighting against their own disenfranchisement, disarmament, slavery and murder to maintain the supremacy of the dominant culture.

“Um, what the hell?”

Mr Rhodes, who also called Harry Potter author JK Rowling a “dedicated transphobe”, urged people not to buy the game.

He wrote: “Please do not buy this game. Walk away from Rowling and the wizarding world. Don’t give Warner Brothers any more money.

Commenting on Mr Rhodes’ post, another player said: “Granted, you can choose in-game to be a dark wizard and side with the goblins. But still. It’s not exactly touted as the right option.’

Hogwarts Legacy is scheduled for release on February 10, 2023 by Warner Bros Games.

The project's lead developer, Troy Leavitt, resigned last year over controversy surrounding his YouTube channel

The project’s lead developer, Troy Leavitt, resigned last year over controversy surrounding his YouTube channel

The game’s release is believed to have been delayed at least once after the project’s lead developer, Troy Leavitt, resigned last year amid controversy over his YouTube channel.

The game, which is “rooted firmly in the magical universe of the wizarding world,” was not developed by Harry Potter series author JK Rowling.

A note on the game’s website states: “JK Rowling is not involved in the development of the game, but as the creator of the wizarding world and one of the world’s greatest storytellers, her exceptional writing is the foundation of all projects in the wizarding world.

“This is not a new story from JK Rowling, but we have worked closely with her team on all aspects of the game to ensure it delivers the magical experiences that fans have come to expect.”

The Harry Potter author has been criticized for her views on transgender people. She recently announced that her new book will feature a character who is being persecuted for transphobia.

Fans were also upset after it was revealed that the game, which can be pre-ordered for £39.68, was available in a “collector’s edition” priced at between £270 and almost £600.

The “Collector’s Edition” offers, among other things, early access, a robe and a hat.

Warner Bros Games has been contacted for comment.

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Bradford Betz

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