Hogwarts Legacy casts Simon Pegg as director Phineas Nigellus Black
Hogwarts Legacy has revealed its voice composition ahead of its February 10 release, and it includes Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz) as director, Phineas Nigellus Black. Fans might recognize this name as one of the ancestors of Sirius Black, whose hanging portrait has also been seen in Albus Dumbledore’s office in the movies (Sirius Black, a popular character from the Harry Potter books, was played by Gary Oldman in the film adaptations). Pegg describes the character as the “least popular headmaster” in Hogwarts history, carrying a selfless view of his work and being an ideal role model for students. “You know, it’s a prestigious position,” Pegg said in a behind-the-scenes featurette. “What he wants is the glory of being the headmaster of the greatest school of sorcery in the world.”
Although he is of the same bloodline as Sirius Black, Phineas does not possess the same level of bravery or nobility – he is the opposite. “He’s just a self-interested jerk,” Pegg continued. In Hogwarts Legacy, Phineas will serve as both a helper and a hindrance to players, interrupting any ongoing quests or classes and “sabotaging the player’s efforts”. Being the most important figure at Hogwarts, his childish behavior is also not questioned by the teachers, with arguments seemingly ending quickly. Phineas Nigellus Black was also the last Slytherin Headmaster of Hogwarts before Professor Severus Snape assumed the role following Dumbledore’s disappearance in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. A related blog post notes that Phineas’ arc in the game will focus on how he got such a bad reputation in the Sorcerer’s Stone.
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Other cast additions include three-time SAG Award (Screen Actor Guild) winner for Downton Abbey, Lesley Nicol, who will play Matilda Weasley, the Deputy Headmaster of Hogwarts. “As the Sorting Hat once said, ‘Another Weasley?’ We know that Ron’s family is an ancient magical family that dates back decades – is Matilda an ancient ancestor? “, we read on the blog. Luke Youngblood, who played Gryffindor Quidditch commentator Lee Jordan in the Harry Potter films returns to the franchise. With this voice acting role, he will switch teams to Ravenclaw, portraying Everett Clompton, who is portrayed as an underachieving prankster. Then there’s Asif Ali (Don’t Worry Darling), attached to play fellow Ravenclaw student Mahendra Pehlwaan, a Muggle-born student who is Clompton’s opposite and plays by the rules.
Sebastian Croft, Netflix’s famous Heartstopper, plays one of the player avatar voice options, while Amelia Gething (Emily) plays the female character archetype. Rounding out the cast are Kandace Caine (The Human Centipede 2) as Professor Onai and Sohm Kapila as Professor Satyavati Shah, Professor of Astronomy. And finally, we have Jason Anthony playing two roles – Nearly Headless Nick and the Sorting Hat.
Set in the 1800s, long before the Chosen One was born, Hogwarts Legacy tasks players with creating their own custom witch or wizard and embarking on a whimsical adventure through the titular magic-laden castle, the forbidden forest, and the surrounding areas in an open environment. world, while battling dark masked wizards. Players will be able to hone their skills in potions, herbology, curses, and more, and align their player characters with allies who lead them on quests. While brooms can be used for general map navigation, developer Avalanche Software has previously confirmed that Quidditch will not be playable in the game.
Hogwarts Legacy launches February 10 on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series S/X. The last-gen version on PS4 and Xbox One has been delayed until April 4, while Nintendo Switch owners will have to wait until July 25.