Quidditch, the real-life sport inspired by the ‘Harry Potter’ book series, is being renamed as organisers want to ‘distance’ themselves from author JK Rowling.
US Quidditch and Major League Quidditch announced they will be adopting the name of ‘quadball’ going forward in a statement.
Mary Kimball, executive director of US Quadball, said: “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.
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“Our organisations are committed to continuing to push quadball forward.”
MLQ co-commissioner Amanda Dallas added: “Bringing full creative control of the name of our sport to the vibrant community of players and fans that has grown and sustained it will allow our organizations to take the next step.”
“We are now able to pursue the kinds of opportunities that our community has dreamed about for years.”
Rowling has repeatedly come under fire since June 2020 over comments she has made that have been labelled as ‘anti trans’.
It all started when she retweeted an article that discussed ‘people who menstruate’.
“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” she wrote.
Despite receiving a huge backlash at the time, she stuck to her guns and penned a follow-up post, which read: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
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