United States quarterback ball and Major League Quadball, the sport’s two governing bodies in North America, both announced the new name of “quadball” this week, which will take effect this summer. The International Quidditch Association also plans to adopt the new name, the organizations said.
There are two reasons for the name change, according to the governing bodies: The sport wants to separate itself from the author of “Harry Potter” JK Rowling and her anti-transgender rhetoric. Additionally, no organization owns the “quidditch” trademark. (Warner Bros., owns the “quidditch” trademark, and CNN shares parent company Warner Bros. Discovery.)
Rowling increasingly shares the view that targeting transgender people, especially transgender women. Her comments prompted many of her fans and several actors to bring her story to the screen, including Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watsonwho have openly supported transgender people.
Both organizations denounced her position, speech that the sport is “one of the most progressive sports in the world in terms of gender equality”, referring to a rule that requires teams to have no more than four players of the same sex on the field at a time. .
And so, last December, the leaders of that time of quidditch decided to find a new name for the sport by surveying players. Options at the time included quadraball, quidball and ultimate winner, among others.
“This name change is a game changer for us and we’re looking to make the most of it,” Major League Quadball founders speak in an open letter to the player.
The sport formerly known as quidditch came to the Muggle world in 2005, when two Middlebury College students started playing it on their campus. The game is a mix of rugby and dodgeball, among others, and features a spin that the player must lift the balls over. The player must be mounted on a broom throughout the game.
Since its inception, the sport has expanded to 40 countries and nearly 600 teams, according to governing bodies.