Famous and Familiar Names Announced for “Hogwarts Legacy” Voice-Over Talent
As close as we are to the highly anticipated drop of Hogwarts Legacy, any updates not involving pushing back release dates are most welcome. This is why we’re extra excited about this latest announcement, which details the voice actors who will bring our gaming experience to life in just a few short weeks.
Voicing the cranky and cantankerous headmaster Phineas Nigellus Black is the renowned actor and comedian Simon Pegg. Pegg, whose filmography includes cult favorites Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, the Star Trek trilogy, and The Boys, expressed satisfaction at the opportunity to finally be a part of the Harry Potter universe in a recent interview.
I watched all those movies and always expected a role. Virtually every British actor has been in the Wizarding World films apart from me. And so to get the role of particularly a Black, one of the Black family, that’s a cool thing, because Sirius was always my favorite character in the books.
Pegg also takes the time to give us some insight into his character, whom he describes, among other things, as a “help and a hindrance” to the game’s players. Readers of the book series may recall Phineas Nigellus Black as the great-great-grandfather of Sirius Black, as well as his legacy as the most unpopular headmaster in Hogwarts’s extensive history. A video released by Wizarding World Digital gives fans a sneak peek into the snide Slytherin’s reign, and we have to say, Simon Pegg is nailing it.
One of the voice-over cast will not sound out of place in the halls of Hogwarts since he has attended the school before. Luke Youngblood, best known to fans as Lee Jordan in the Harry Potter films, lends his voice to Ravenclaw House. He will play the part of Everett Clopton, who, like Jordan, is described as a bit of a prankster. He is joined in Ravenclaw by the well-read Amit Thakkar, who is played by Asif Ali (WandaVision, Don’t Worry Darling), and Mahendra Pehlwaan, a Muggle-born student voiced by Adam O’Connor (The Risen).
Professor Matilda Weasley will be voiced by Lesley Nicol, of Downton Abbey fame. Other Hogwarts staff includes Astronomy professor Satyavati Shah, played by Sohm Kapila (The Mummy, Skyscraper), and Divination professor Onai, who is voiced by Kandace Caine. Caine also lends her voice to her character’s daughter, a Gryffindor student named Natsai. Jason Anthony (Star Trek Discovery, Ms. Marvel) has the honor of voicing two of the most iconic characters in the series: Nearly Headless Nick and the Sorting Hat.
And we’d be remiss if we failed to mention the voice of your character. Sebastian Croft (Heartstopper, Love, Death & Robots) plays one of your choices of avatar, whereas Amelia Gething (Emily, The Spanish Princess) voices the other.
As a reminder, those who preordered a Digital Deluxe or Collector’s Edition on PC, PlayStation 5, or Xbox Series X|S will have access to the early release on February 7. The official release of standard versions will still be on February 10. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will be released on April 4, and the Nintendo Switch version will be released on July 25.