Monday, August 8, 2022

Quidditch changes name to distance itself from JK Rowling

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Quidditch, the real-world sport inspired by the game in the Harry Potter books, is being rebranded to ‘distance’ from author JK Rowling.

The sport, played on broomsticks in the Harry and Friends novels, has been played by around 600 teams in 40 countries worldwide since its inception in 2005.

It was announced last year that the sport plans to make the change in order to “distance itself from the works of JK Rowling,” according to a statement, “who has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years for her anti-trans positions.” “.

Another reason given for the change was Warner Bros.’ trademark use of the word “Quidditch,” which limited marketing opportunities for the sport.

A poll was sent out to players and fans to come up with a new name for quadball based on the number of balls played and the positions chosen.

US Quadball executive director Mary Kimball said in a statement, “In less than 20 years, our sport has grown from a few dozen college students in rural Vermont to a global phenomenon with thousands of players, semi-pro leagues and international championships developed.

“Our organizations are committed to continuing to push quadball forward.”

Rowling’s outspoken views on the trans community have drawn widespread criticism from leading actors in the film series as well as a number of LGBTQ groups in recent years.

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