Simon Pegg voices Hogwarts headmaster in Harry Potter-inspired game

Pegg wil lend his voice to Phineas Nigellus Black, who is says is the least popular Hogwarts headmaster, ever.

The Harry Potter franchise is one of the most popular and lucrative franchises in the world with films, theme parks, collectibles, and much more, arising from the J. K. Rowling-authored novels. The franchise is expanding still with another video game, Hogwarts Legacy, arriving in February.

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Simon Pegg voices Hogwarts Headmaster Phineas Nigellus Black in forthcoming Hogwarts Legacy title.

Ahead of the game’s release, Warner Bros. Games and Avalanche Software have released a trailer that unveils some of its voice actors with Simon Pegg, famous for his role in the Mission Impossible and Star Trek series, being one of the most notable names. There have been several trailers before this, including a gameplay showcase released in November 2022.

In Hogwarts Legacy, Pegg will voice Phineas Nigellus Black, the headmaster of Hogwarts and great-great-grandfather of Harry Potter’s godfather Sirius Black as well as Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy. Pegg describes his character as the least popular headmaster in the history of Hogwarts. He goes on to say that Black is pompous and disinterested in his role as headmaster but accepted it only because of the associated prestige.

In his words, "I don't think he has any interest in children's education or being in any way a role model. What he wants is the kudos of being the headmaster of the greatest wizarding school in the world. He's just a bit of an idiot, really." Pegg goes on to describe Phineas Black as the opposite of Sirius Black stating, "He's not noble, he's not brave, he's just a self-interested fool." He also gives an insight into the character’s role in the game stating that he serves as both "a sort of help and a hindrance to the players who are working their way through the game."

Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world, action role-playing game set in the Harry Potter Universe. The game is set over a century before the events of the main books. It will see players as students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where they will interact with different beasts from the fantasy world. The characters will also have the ability to cast spells, brew potions, and engage in combat.

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The British actor featured in a recent reveal trailer where he talked about his in-game character.

Apart from Pegg, Hogwarts Legacy also features Sebastian Croft and Amelia Gething, who voice the title’s playable avatars. Leslie Nicol, popular for her role as Mrs. Patmore in Downtown Abbey, voices the deputy headmistress Professor Matilda Weasley, Kandace Caine from The Human Centipede 2 provides the voice of Professor Onai, and Sohm Kapila from The Mummy voices Professor Satyavati Shah. Other members of the cast include Luke Youngblood and Asif Ali who voice Ravenclaw students Everett Clopton and Mahendra Pehlwaan, as well as Jason Anthony who voices the Sorting Hat and Nearly Headless Nick.

By the way, the Hogwarts Legacy is already the most Wishlisted game on Steam despite being several weeks away.
Hogwarts Legacy will launch on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Windows on February 10. It will be available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on April 4, and on the Nintendo Switch on July 25.

Tobi Oguntola

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