American Quidditch leagues announce they want to dissociate themselves from the license and JK Rowling, by changing the name of the sport practiced by Muggles.
Since its release on the big screen in 2001, the Harry Potter saga has inspired Muggles who dream of themselves as wizards. While potion-making or spell dueling is not really within the grasp of ordinary people, there is a discipline in which they can express all their love for the license, without having any magical powers.
Quidditch, a sport practiced by wizards using their magic brooms, has taken on a foray into the real world, where it is practiced with its feet on the ground. As in the saga, each team is made up of 7 players, three chasers who try to score goals, two batsmen, a goalie, and a seeker. The latter will go in pursuit of the snitch, here embodied by a player with a tennis ball in the back.
For several years, this discipline has been all the rage among fans of the license, but also fans of unusual sports. Since 2012, several World Cups are organized, as in the saga finally, except that here the Death Eaters are not likely to spoil the party.
American and British associations dissociate themselves from JK Rowling
But in the future, the sport may well change its name. Following the author’s transphobic statements, many teams and associations have shared their desire to dissociate themselves from the license. This is the case of the Major League Quidditch (MLQ) and US Quidditch (USQ) which explain in a press release:
“The leagues are hoping that a name change can help them continue to distance themselves from the work of JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter book series, who has been increasingly watched for his anti-trans positions in recent years. . ”
It must be said that Muggle Quidditch has made inclusiveness its spearhead. “Our sport has earned a reputation as one of the most progressive sports in the world when it comes to gender equality, in part thanks to its maximum gender rule, which states that a team cannot have more than four players of the same sex on the field. ”
The two organizations therefore believe that a name change is imperative for “To live up to this reputation in aspects.” Contacted by Variety, the representatives of JK Rowling wished to recall that “The MLQ and the USQ have never been approved and authorized”By the author.
The words of JK Rowling are obviously not the only reasons for this change of direction. Indeed, in their press release, the leagues also mention the difficulty of finding sponsors, because the “Quidditch” brand is owned by Warner Bros. Legal concerns that the various American leagues now want to do without.
The goal is undoubtedly to offer more visibility to the sport also practiced in France. Ultimately, the leagues hope to find financial partnerships, and even to broadcast certain competitions on television. It remains to be seen which name will be chosen.