Despite its inherent ties to J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, the Harry Potter author is not involved in the creation of Hogwarts Legacy. An FAQ page published by Warner Bros mentions that, while her “extraordinary body of writing” will form the foundations of the release, “this is not a new story from J.K. Rowling”.
Instead, it’s an original tale that will see you “experiencing life as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry like never before”. Given that its set during the 1800s, there’ll be no cameos from key heroes like Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, though supporting characters like Nearly Headless Nick will still be wandering Hogwarts’ hallowed halls.
The game is being published under WB Games’ new Portkey Games label, which has been established as an independent entity to expand upon the Potterverse. “Each experience offered under Portkey Games will take place in the Wizarding World,” the FAQ adds. “J.K. Rowling is supportive of Portkey Games and has entrusted the design and creation of the games to WB Games and the developers involved.”