Many Harry Potter fans have separated from the fandom or have refused to purchase any more Harry Potter officially licensed items or books to stand against J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans comments over the last few years. Now, both U.S. Quidditch and Major League Quidditch are moving to rename their respective associations to distinguish themselves from the sport created by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter books. The various organizations will be voting on a new name in the coming months.
Executive Director of U.S. Quidditch Mary Kimball shared with Entertainment Weekly, “Since the sports’ founding in 2005, quidditch has undergone so many transformations — the rules have changed; team names and jerseys are incredibly creative, fun and professional; and our events look more like a soccer tournament than anything else,” Kimball said. “I’m proud to stand with our community as we go through another big change, one that allows us to truly live our values as an inclusive, safe sport for athletes of all races and genders.”
For those who may be concerned about any official association with the author prior to the name change, J.K. Rowling’s representative from The Blair Partnership has shared, “The Quidditch Premier League, U.S. Quidditch, and Major League Quidditch have never been endorsed or licensed by J.K. Rowling.”
Notably, Warner Bros. has been distancing themselves from Rowling as well, with intentional inclusions for upcoming Wizarding World projects such as the Hogwarts Legacy videogame which will feature a variety of characters, including LGBTQIA+ members.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly