Keen-eyed observers have spotted a reference to a member of the Weasley clan in a recently released gameplay trailer for the upcoming open-Wizarding-World RPG Hogwarts Legacy. In a blink-or-you'll-miss-it moment, a red-haired wizard by the name of Hector Weasley pops up in the background of a video uploaded by the XPectoGO YouTube Channel, as reported by PCGamesN. The character had also been pointed out a few days ago by a user on the HarryPotterGame subreddit.
Hogwarts Legacy removes itself from the story of Harry Potter that's been told across seven books, eight feature-length films, and countless video games, by setting its story roughly a century before Harry first enrolled at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, as was revealed when Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment first announced the title back in 2020. Despite some characters in the franchise touting extremely long lifespans, this would seemingly create an environment for an all-new cast of characters to make its mark on the Wizarding World fandom. It's hard to spot, but the Weasley ancestor pops up around the video's 7:10 mark.
The Harry Potter franchise, including its Fantastic Beasts spinoff movie series, is the 10th biggest intellectual property franchise in the world, according to TitleMax, with gross earnings exceeding $30 billion, slightly outpacing the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even if you're not a fan of the franchise, it's likely you're familiar with Harry's best friend Ron Weasley, the youngest son of a poor but well-recognized family in the magical community; his younger sister Ginny, who — spoiler alert — ends up married to the main character; or the older twin boys, Fred and George, a pair of unapologetic pranksters who open a magical practical joke store post self-determined expulsion.
Despite the popularity of the many Weasleys, who serve as a sort of adoptive family for Harry, There's been no previous mention of a Hector in any of the pre-established canon. With other well-established wizard families, like the Blacks and Malfoys, showing a long line of prestige across the main series, Hector's appearance in the video begs the question of what other familiar names may be popping up as the game comes nearer to its release.
Although creator J.K. Rowling's transphobic views have marred the franchise for a lot of fans, especially those in the LGBTQIA+ community, the game seems to be trying to create a more welcoming place for players, sporting a character creation system featuring broad ethnic diversity and no genderlocked styles. Assuming Hector makes the game's final cut, we'll be happy to meet him when Hogwarts Legacy releases on February 10 of next year for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. A Nintendo Switch version of the game is expected to follow sometime later.
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