Simon Pegg is Hogwarts Legacy’s New Headmaster

Revealed in a brand-new trailer, British comedic actor Simon Pegg will voice Headmaster Phineas Nigellus Black in the upcoming game, Hogwarts Legacy. Playing quite possibly the worst headmaster in the school’s long and storied history, Simon Pegg has had a blast throwing himself into the character.

Simon Pegg is Hogwarts Legacy’s New HeadmasterBest known for his lead roles in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and his supporting role in the latest Mission: Impossible films, Simon Pegg will be lending his voice talents to play Phineas Nigellus Black, headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the soon-to-be-released game, Hogwarts Legacy.

As revealed in the game’s latest trailer, Pegg will voice the great-great-grandfather of Sirius Black. Phineas Black is described as being far too self-centred to be a headmaster, and a man who only took the position to help raise his status in society. Black is indeed so far removed from the kind, comforting, and wise presence of Albus Dumbledore that fans know and love, that he went down in history as one of the worst and most despised headmasters in Hogwarts’ entire history.

And Simon Pegg simply relished the chance to bring such an interesting character to life. “He’s not a good teacher or headmaster in any way. I don’t think he has any interest in children’s education or being in any way a role model,” Pegg states with almost childish joy. “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.”

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From the way he threw himself into every line, it’s clear Pegg enjoyed every moment with this pompous, lazy, sorry excuse for a headmaster. As Pegg says in the trailer, “I’m extremely excited to be a part of the Harry Potter universe. I watched all the movies, and always expected a role. Virtually every British actor has been in one of the wizarding world films… Except for me!”

Joining Simon Pegg are: Sebastian Croft and Amelia Gething who play the two voice options for the fully-customisable player character; Lesley Nicol who plays Matilda Weasley, Deputy-Head and a Gryffindor; Kandace Caine who plays Professor Onai, a Divinations teacher; Sohm Kapila who plays Satyavati Shah, professor of Astronomy; Jason Anthony as Nearly Headless Nick and the Sorting Hat; and Luke Youngblood (Lee Jordan in the Harry Potter series) and Asif Ali as two prominent Ravenclaw students.

More information about who’s playing who can be found on the game’s official Twitter page.

Hogwarts Legacy will release on February 10 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. PS4 and Xbox One versions will release on April 4, while the Switch version will release July 25.

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