Quidditch Changes Name to Distance From Harry Potter Author


The game of Quidditch was inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Although its roots were created in the fantasy books, the sport is now distancing itself from the controversial author by changing its name to quadball.

“Today marks a monumental step in the history of our sport, and it marks an equally big step for Major League Quadball,” the league announced in a press release.

The U.S. Quidditch and Major League Quidditch announced in 2021 that they wanted to pursue the name change for two specific reasons. The name “quidditch” is actually trademarked by Warner Bros, which has severely limited the sport’s expansion, along with its sponsorship and broadcast opportunities.

The second reason for the name change is to “help them continue to distance themselves from the works of J.K. Rowling,” who has come under scrutiny for anti-trans remarks over the past few years.

“Our sport has developed a reputation as one of the most progressive sports in the world on gender equality and inclusivity, in part thanks to its gender maximum rule, which stipulates that a team may not have more than four players of the same gender on the field at a time.

“Both organizations feel it is imperative to live up to this reputation in all aspects of their operations and believe this move is a step in that direction,” the sport’s two governing bodies announced.

The International Quidditch Association will also adopt the name change globally.

The sport was first adapted by Xander Manshel and Alex Benepe at Middlebury College in Vermont in 2005 and is now played by more than 600 teams in 40 countries. Quadball has four positions: chasers, beaters, keepers and seekers. Each game has two kinds of balls: a quaffle and three bludgers.

The sport includes elements from multiple sports with six to seven players per team on the field at a time. There are three hoops of varying heights at each end of the field for scoring. Each player must be mounted on a broom when in play. Unfortunately, the players don’t fly like they do in the Harry Potter books.


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