Quidditch authorities have announced they are renaming their “Harry Potter”-inspired sport in protest of the “anti-trans positions” of J.K. Rowling, the author of the children’s fantasy books.
“Our sport has developed a reputation as one of the most progressive sports in the world on gender equality and inclusivity,” U.S. Quidditch and Major League Quidditch said in a joint statement earlier this month announcing they had “begun the process of selecting a new name for the real-life version of quidditch.”
- “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,” the organizations added, referring to recent controversies about Rowling’s opposition to aspects of woke gender ideology.
- The statement also noted a financial incentive for the change: “As the game has grown, the name ‘quidditch,’ which is trademarked by Warner Bros., has limited the sport’s expansion, including but not limited to sponsorship and broadcast opportunities.”
Rowling’s bottom line doesn’t seem to have suffered much from the blowback against her “transphobia”: The Times has estimated her net worth at £820 million