JK Rowling faces fury at ‘Real Quidditch’ group renaming their iconic game Harry Potter | United Kingdom | New
This follows a series of comments from the author that have sparked fury from fans and even some cast members. American Quidditch and Major League Quidditch pledged to conduct surveys to find a new name for the sport late last year.
In addition to quidditch being trademarked by Warner Bros, which produced the famous Harry Potter films, the league felt that JK Rowling “has come under increasing scrutiny for her anti-trans stances these last years”.
The International Quidditch Association will also adopt the new name worldwide, according to the announcement.
Major League Quadball, formerly known as Major League Quidditch, said the name change “opens up unprecedented opportunities for growth, exposure and partnerships”.
The league also said it was a “game changer” and “we can’t wait to make the most of it.”
Mary Kimball, executive director of US Quadball, said in a statement: “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 leagues -professional and international championships.
“Our organizations are committed to continuing to move quadball forward.”
It comes after the 56-year-old came under fire in early June 2020 for controversial tweets she posted about the transgender community.
Rowling retweeted an opinion piece that talked about “people who menstruate”, apparently disputing that the story didn’t use the word women.
The initial tweet got a lot of backlash but Rowling didn’t back down and stood by her point saying she “loves and respects every trans person” but added that at the same time “my life has been shaped by being a woman”.
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As Rebel, 42, welcomed Emma on stage, the Australian actress joked: “Here to present the next award is Emma Watson. She calls herself a feminist, but we all know she’s a witch.”
To which Emma replied, “I’m here for ALL the witches.”
Following her statement, eagle-eyed viewers took to social media at the time to discuss whether or not the actress’ comments were aimed at Rowling.