The LGBTQI+ community claims that the author made “anti-trans” comments, and the allegations are supported by the sport’s management. However, this is not the only motivation for the name change. We explain it all.
Yes, the game exists, but not in the standards you know. There are indeed brooms in the mix, but players do not yet have the ability to move through the skies. However, the magical game created by Harry Potter’s author J.K. Rowling has catapulted off the screen and onto the lawn. Currently, there are thousands of quidditch fans and practitioners, which already has nationwide tournaments in the United States of America. However, the sport is about to change its name, as a form of protest against statements by the author, seen by the LGBTQI+ community as “anti-trans” and reinforced by the management of the US Quidditch, writes BBC.
“The leagues hope they can change their name to continue to distance themselves from the works of JK Rowling, who has continually come under scrutiny for her anti-trans positions in recent years,” remarks Maru Kimball, executive director of US Quidditch.
Aside from this controversy, there are also legal issues related to copyright. “Quidditch is at a turning point. We can maintain the current status quo and its small size, or we can be ambitious and take the sport to a new stage.”
The new name has not yet been confirmed, but the organization has already started to study other options. The final decision should be announced within a few months.