In the United States, two Muggle Quidditch leagues have decided to rename the discipline, in particular to no longer be associated with JK Rowling following his comments deemed transphobic. An approach supported by the International Quidditch Association, the sport’s governing body.
Harry Potter: The Best Seeker
In 1997 and four years later at the cinema, readers and viewers meet a young boy with glasses, with a scar on his forehead and installed in the cupboard under the stairs at 4 Privet Drive in Little Whinging, Surrey . At the age of eleven, Harry Potter discovers what his aunt Petunia and his uncle Vernon have always hidden from him: that he is the son of wizards, that he has survived a spell from the dreaded Voldemort and that he is admitted to the prestigious Hogwarts school to study magic.
After entering the boarding school and meeting his friends Ron and Hermione but also some enemies like Draco Malfoy, the hero quickly discovers that he is particularly good at a sport: Quidditch. The rules of this discipline are (rather) simple. Two teams of seven players perched on their flying broomsticks compete. Among them, there are three chasers per team, who must score points by sending a ball, the Quaffle, into the opposing goals protected by a goalkeeper. Two drummers are responsible for returning Bludgers, particularly aggressive cannonballs. Finally, the seeker has the most difficult task: get your hands on the snitch, a small, extremely fast winged ball. If he recovers it, he allows his team to win the game.
It is this role that Harry occupies in the Gryffindor team and which also exists in Muggle Quidditch. This sport launched in 2005 also takes up most of the rules of the one born from the imagination of JK Rowling.
After Quidditch, make way for Quadball
In the United States, US Quidditch and Major League Quidditch held deviate from the image of the writer last December. In a statement quoted by BFMTV, they then said:
JK Rowling has come under increasing scrutiny for her anti-trans stances in recent years. Our sport has a reputation for being one of the most progressive in the world in terms of gender equality and inclusiveness, due to its rule which states that a team cannot have more than four players of the same gender. in the field at the same time. Both of our organizations believe it is essential to live up to this reputation.
The two leagues have therefore decided to change the name of the discipline, in part because of comments considered transphobic of the creator of the universe Harry Potter. Quidditch is now called Quadball. An approach that the International Quidditch Association will soon adopt, as one of its representatives explained in a press release published by variety :
The IQA is delighted to join USQ and MLQ in changing the name of our sport and encourages this change among its members around the world. We enter this stage with confidence and look forward to all the new opportunities that quadball will bring. This is an important moment in the history of our sport.
Besides not wanting to be associated with JK Rowling anymore, USQ and MLQ also changed because the rights to the term “Quidditch” belong to Warner Bros.which for a long time would have prevented them from obtaining sponsors.