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Quidditch The Sport Is Now Called "Quadball" In Protest Of JK Rowling's Comments

Trademark concerns have also been taken into account regarding the name change.

The real-life version of Quidditch, originally from the Harry Potter series, has been renamed Quadball due to author JK Rowling's stance on the rights and lives of transgender people.

The founders of US Quadball, as it is now known, announced earlier this week that the name of the game was being changed, which it did in conjunction with Major League Quadball through numerous surveys.

"In less than 20 years, our sport has grown from a few dozen college students in rural Vermont to a global phenomenon with thousands of players, semi-pro leagues and international championships," said USQ Executive Director Mary Kimball in the announcement. "Our organizations are committed to continuing to push quadball forward."

According to USQ's announcement, the reasoning for the name change is twofold. In one part, the name quidditch could bring trademark concerns, as it's owned by Warner Bros.

The other reason, as the announcement post writes, is that "J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter book series, has increasingly come under scrutiny for her anti-trans positions."

Major League Quadball also provided a letter explaining the name change, though only USQ provided the reasoning behind the name change.

Rowling has been widely criticized online, including by various Harry Potter communities, and actor Daniel Radcliffe released a statement in 2020 voicing his support of trans women, and apologized for any harm Rowling's comments might have caused. Not to mention the ways that Rowling's views have likely affected the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy.

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