Quidditch Leagues Rename Due To JK Rowling Transphobia

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Quidditch players from all over the world are ready to deliver a bludger to the name of the sport they love so much, thanks in part to You-Know-Who. No, not Voldemort, but JK Rowling, a woman now known for needless expression transphobic views who created the sport for her Harry Potter book series.

Since the release of the books and movies, fans around the world have adapted the fictional game, which is played in the sky on flying broomsticks, in a real, competitive, sport. Professional leagues have been around for years, and in recent days several have come together to officially change the name of the sport to distance themselves from Rowling and Warner Bros., who own the copyright to Harry Potter.

“As the game has grown, the name ‘quidditch’, a trademark of Warner Bros., has limited the expansion of the sport, including but not limited to sponsorship and broadcast opportunities. Both leagues expect this name change to enable new and exciting developments for our players, fans and volunteers as the sport continues to grow,” the US Quidditch and Major League Quidditch said in a joint statement. obtained by Variety. A new name will be determined in the coming months based on a series of surveys prepared by the leagues, as well as the UK-based association UK Quidditch.

While the statement raises the legal issues of the sport associated with Company Controlled Intellectual Property, the statement also made it clear that there was another reason to distance the sport from the fiction that originally inspired it. “In addition, the leagues hope a name change can help them move away from the work of JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter book series, who has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years for her anti-transpositions,” the statement continued. “Our sport has built a reputation as one of the most progressive sports in the world in terms of gender equality and inclusivity, thanks in part to the gender maximum rule, which states that a team cannot have more than four players of the same sex at the game. field at the same time. Both organizations feel it is imperative to live up to this reputation in all aspects of their operations and believe this move is a step in that direction.”

It sure is. Fans began to lose faith in Rowling back in 2017 whenDespite scathing accusations of abuse against Johnny Depp, she supported the actor then starring in her Fantastic Beasts series. (He was later replaced for Mads Mikkelsen’s third film.) Things took a huge turn a few years later, though, when Rowling started (and continued to) make it clear publicly that she was holding on unabashedly transphobic views and was very stubborn about it. It’s a truth that has persisted in the public eye – up to and including including last week. Along the way, Rowling’s leading men have many, such as: Daniel Radcliffe and Eddie Redmayne have condemned her actions, while Warner Bros did not remain convincingly blunt as it continues to mine the Harry Potter franchise for all its worth.

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UK Quidditch added to the sentiment of its fellow organizations with its own statement. “Dissociating ourselves from JK Rowling will empower the sport and community as the inclusive space it already is. Since our inception, the inclusion of all individuals, regardless of race, gender, gender identity or background, has been a cornerstone of our sport,” the statement said. “We cannot continue to call ourselves Quidditch and be associated with JK Rowling as she continues to make harmful and hateful comments to the many transgender athletes, staff and volunteers who call this sports community home.”

In response to these reports, Variety received a statement from Rowling’s representation: “The Quidditch Premier League, US Quidditch and Major League Quidditch have never been endorsed or licensed by JK Rowling,” which, of course, is also the crux of the problem. here. Rowling may be saying goodbye, but hopefully her disdain is enough for all these organizations to cut their ties once and for all.

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