The official governing body of the sport of Quidditch which was invented after the magical flying broomstick game in the Harry Potter books has changed its name to distance itself from ‘transphobic’ author JK Rowling.
The sport was inspired by the game in the book series in which players fly on broomsticks and attempt to throw a ball through a hoop. While there are no magical broomsticks in this version, the rules are inspired by those laid down by Harry Potter author JK Rowling, and the sport was invented in the US in 2005.
The sport has a number of official teams in the US, many of which are college-based. It has an official league and is governed by US Quidditch nationally and the International Quidditch Association.
There’s even a Quidditch World Cup!
But now Quidditch officials say they want to re-name the game after JK Rowling made comments on social media which they believe could upset trans players.
In the United Kingdom, the governing body, QuidditchUK said it wants to start calling the sport ‘Quadball’ in a move which it says will be a “great moment in the development of our sport, which is both symbolically and practically significant.
Got beef? The new #USNT and #USNTDA rosters do! Look out for the herd on @USAQuidditch this summer. 🐂🐂🐂 pic.twitter.com/zFFUNKeba8
— Kansas City Stampede (@MLQStampede) May 23, 2022
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“The name change indicates a firm stance with our trans players and members, as well as giving us more firm legal footing and opening up greater opportunities for funding and external partners.”
Quidditch is a full-contact sport with mix-gender teams. It is described as being a combination of dodgeball, lacrosse and rugby. Players bizarrely run around with broomsticks between their legs while attempting to throw a volleyball through one of three giant hoops.
Other players launch dodgeballs to move the opposition out of the way.
Last year, the USQuidditch governing body also announced it would be changing its name and has opened some surveys for fans to decide on a new identity for the sport.
— US National Quadball Team (@USAQuadball) July 14, 2019
It comes after British Harry Potter author, JK Rowling refused to back down to the cancel culture mob and stood by the scientific fact that there are only two genders.
Her comments irked QuidditchUK, who said that it was vital for them to remove any association with the award-winning author from the sport which she created:
“More importantly, distancing ourselves from JK Rowling will cement the sport and community as the inclusive space it already is,” said QuidditchUK.
“Since our inception the inclusion of all persons, regardless of race, sex, gender identity, or background has been a cornerstone of our sport.
“We cannot continue to call ourselves quidditch and be associated with JK Rowling while she continues to make damaging and hateful comments against the many transgender athletes, staff, and volunteers who call this sporting community home.”
Despite the latest desperate attempt from the cancel-culture driven left to force Rowling to adhere to their unscientific cult, she has always stood her ground.
Last week, the writer who sold more than 500 million copies of her Harry Potter books took to Twitter to express her concerns about how the trans-movement is making the world less safe for women and children.
She posted an article about a pedophile who had dismissed concerns about transgenders entering women’s spaces:
“And for those too naive to realize that predators will ALWAYS swarm into movements trying to eradicate safeguarding boundaries, invariably trumpeting their virtue and screaming ‘you’re all just scaremongering!” she posted to Twitter.