Three major organizations working to promote and manage Quidditch announced Tuesday that they will change the game’s name to a foursome, in part to distance themselves from “Harry Potter” author and Quidditch creator J.K. Rowling.
The International Quidditch Association (IQA) and US Quidditch (USQ), the sport’s two governing bodies, have joined forces with Major League Quidditch (MLQ), a 16-team semi-professional league in the United States and Canada, to announce the official name change.
Quadball, which refers to the number of balls in the field as well as the number of positions, has garnered enthusiastic support among the sports community in polls, according to the groups.
IQA, USQ, and MLQ made the decision to rebrand for two reasons. One was to distance himself from Rowling, who made many comments that were criticized as a transgender hater.
The second is to trademark a name unique to that film and media production company Warner Bros. She owns the trademark for “quidditch”.
In the United States, both USQ and MLQ will own the “quadball” trademark. USQ is immediately moving to change its organizational name to replace the quidditch with the four-ball, while MLQ will officially adopt the four-ball in its name next month.
University of Southern Queensland Executive Director Marie Kimball said that quadruple football has grown significantly and that organizations are “committed to continuing to push quadruple football forward”.
“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-pro leagues and international tournaments,” Kimball said in a statement.
USQ and MLQ both applied to change the name again in December after polling both players and fans about the idea.
IQA expects to enter into a licensing agreement for the use of “four-ball” and will adopt the term in its name in the near future.
Chris Lau, chair of the IQA Board of Trustees, said he was “happy” to be part of the movement to change the name.
Lao Fei said statement. “This is an important moment in the history of our sport.”
Quidditch was adapted from the “Harry Potter” series in 2005 at Middlebury College in Vermont. The sport has now grown to around 600 teams in 40 countries.
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