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SPORT – No longer say Quidditch but Quadball. The US Quidditch and Major League Quidditch leagues announced on July 19 that they were relinquishing the in-universe term Harry Potter.
Instead, the two entities opted for the name Quadball after a consultation of the players and fans of this sport launched in 2005 in Vermont, in response to the exploits of the most famous sorcerer’s apprentice, in search of the golden snitch.
The name Quadball refers directly to the four balls used in a game: a quaffle (volleyball ball) and three bludgers (dodgeball/dodgeball type ball).
Distance yourself from JK Rowling
The name change process began in late 2021, when novelist JK Rowling was already under fire for her transphobic outings. In particular, she compared the hormonal treatments followed by trans people to the conversion therapies of which many homosexuals have been victims.
The name change should allow the discipline to no longer be associated with the controversial words of the creator of the saga Harry Potter. The rules of the game, however, remain the same.
“Our sport has created the reputation of being one of the most progressive in the world on gender equality and inclusiveness”, explained in December 2021 these organizations highlighting the fact that it is notably prohibited for a team, consisting of seven players, to have more than four members of the same gender.
“For both of our organisations, it seems imperative to live up to this reputation at all levels and we believe this is a step in the right direction” as JK Rowling “has been increasingly singled out for his anti-trans stances in recent years.”
The decision was also prompted by copyright issues. The name “Quidditch” belonging to Warner Bros, at the origin of the adaptation to the cinema of the works of JK Rolling.
“It’s a bold move, and for me personally there’s definitely some nostalgia for the original name,” Alex Benepe, who helped found the real sport in 2005, said in a statement. “But from a long-term development perspective, I’m convinced it’s a smart move for the future that will allow the sport to grow without limits.”
A sport in which France excels since it won the European Cup of Nations in 2019. She will also challenge her title on July 23 and 24 in Limerick, Ireland, where the first European competition since the Covid-19 pandemic is taking place.
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