The real-life version of the fictional game quidditch, known as quadball, has a new name. Last year, the names of the two organisations that oversee the sport—U.S. Quidditch and Major League Quidditch—were changed. First, they claimed that the name change was made in an effort to “separate themselves from the writings of J.K. Rowling, who has increasingly come under fire for her anti-trans sentiments in recent years.”
Second, they said that because Warner Bros. has trademarked the term “quidditch,” there haven’t been many prospects for the sport to be aired or sponsored. According to them, a survey of players and fans helped them decide on the new name. The term “quadball” describes the quantity of locations and balls utilised in the game. Major League Quidditch announced that it would adopt the name following the August 2022 MLQ Championship, while the U.S. regulatory body changed its name immediately. The name change will be implemented globally by the International Quidditch Association, according to the announcement made on Tuesday.
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The executive director of U.S. Quadball, Mary Kimball, stated in a statement that “in less than 20 years, our sport has expanded from a few dozen college students in a small Vermont town to a global sensation with thousands of players, semi-pro leagues, and international championships.” We’re determined to keep quadball moving forward, so our organisations.” The leagues pointed out in a statement on Tuesday that LGBTQ advocacy organisations like GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign, three of the “Harry Potter” film series’ leading actors, and Rowling’s views have all been criticised.
In recent years, Rowling has discussed transgender persons frequently in both her writing and her tweets. She published a blog article in June 2020 that was almost 4,000 words long and was dubbed a “transphobic manifesto” by some. In the article, she questioned whether a “contagion” driven by social media was to blame for the rise in transgender youth coming out. She also spoke about her own domestic violence and assault experiences, which she claimed left her worried about the safety of women and girls, for instance, in restrooms and locker rooms.