The sport of Quidditch will change its name in a move set to “distance” the sport from Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
His broom-born sport of Quidditch was influenced by Rowling’s bestselling witchcraft novels and was invented in the United States in 2005, before taking off globally.
It will now be called “Quadball” in a move that governing body QuidditchUK (QUK) describes as a “fantastic moment in the development of our sport, which makes sense both in terms of symbolism and reality”.
QUK added: “The name change shows our strong stance towards transgender players and members, as well as giving us a stronger legal base and opening up greater opportunities for external funding sources and partners.”
Quidditch is a full contact sport for both men and women and it encourages people from the transgender and non-binary communities to participate.
Late last year, US Quidditch (USQ) and Major League Quidditch (MLQ) announced they would be conducting a series of surveys to find a new name for the sport, after Rowling was criticized for her views. her about gender identity.
In the past, Rowling has said that she was partly motivated to speak out about transgender issues because of her past experiences of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
Critics have accused the writer of being a cannibal, an allegation she strongly denies.
At the time, QUK said the name change was a “necessary change to our own identity” because of issues surrounding both the Warner Brothers film company’s brand and comments by Warner Brothers. Rowling.
It states: “More importantly, separating yourself from JK Rowling will strengthen sport and the community as an inclusive space as it already is.
“Since its inception, inclusion of all people, regardless of race, sex, gender identity or background has been the cornerstone of our sport.
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“We cannot continue to call ourselves quidditch and align ourselves with JK Rowling while she continues to make damaging and hateful comments against the many transgender athletes, staff and volunteers calling her. This is the home of the sports community.”
On Wednesday, QUK described itself as “happy” with the new name chosen by USQ.
Players will see changes such as a new name for the ball.
QUK says the rebranding will take place later this year.
QUK previously said the sport has grown steadily beyond the Harry Potter series, and the change will allow for more opportunities to grow, sponsor and expand outside of current events and activities. in.
The game is currently played by nearly 600 teams in 40 countries.
The International Quidditch Association (IQA) will also adopt the new name worldwide.
Chris Lau, chairman of the IQA board, said: “We are very confident in this move and we look forward to all the new opportunities that quadball will bring. This is a pivotal moment in our sport’s history, and I’m personally delighted to be a part of it.”
USQ and MLQ will own the trademark for “quadball” in the United States, and IQA is expected to enter into a license agreement to use the term.
The trademark for “Quidditch” is owned by Warner Brothers film and entertainment company.
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