Quidditch to choose new name to ‘distance’ itself from JK Rowling

QUIDDITCH leagues are set to rename the fictional sport in a bid to “distance” themselves from JK Rowling.

The US Quidditch (USQ) and Major League Quidditch (MLQ) announced they will choose a new name for their real-life version of the broomstick-based sport following the controversy.

The leagues will rename the sport to 'distance' themselves from JK Rowling

The leagues will rename the sport to ‘distance’ themselves from JK RowlingCredit: Facebook/United States Quidditch

Non-magic players of the sport, made famous by Rowling’s Harry Potter series, play in teams of seven on a hockey pitch, while holding a “broom” between their legs.

The “muggle” version of the game – which features flying and enchanted balls in the Hogwarts universe – is played all over the world including on Clapham Common in London.

But now two American leagues will drop the name “Quidditch”.

In a joint statement, a spokesperson for the USQ and MLQ said: “The leagues are hoping a name change can help them continue to distance themselves from the works of J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter book series, who has increasingly come under scrutiny for her anti-trans positions in recent 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.”

It comes after the outspoken Brit author sparked fury in the transgender community for comments she made about women’s safety.

She was accused of transphobia last summer when replying to an article with the headline: “Opinion: Creating a more equal post Covid-19 world for people who menstruate.”

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She tweeted: “‘People who menstruate’. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

Her remarks led to an angry backlash, including criticism from Potter actors Daniel RadcliffeEmma Watson, Rupert Grint and Eddie Redmayne.

Rowling, 56, has refused to back down following the eruption of the row.

The author vowed not to be silenced by trans activists – telling them: “I’ve received so many death threats I could paper the house.”

The author has refused to back down amid the controversy

The author has refused to back down amid the controversyCredit: AFP
The sport is played on broomsticks with enchanted balls in the Potter-verse

The sport is played on broomsticks with enchanted balls in the Potter-verseCredit: Warner Bros

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