Quidditch is a real-life game that wizards play. “Harry Potter,”J.K. Rowling has been parted company with the franchise. Tuesday’s announcement saw the rebranding of quadball to Major League Quadball (MLQ), and U.S. Quidditch as USQ.
“Quadball isn’t just a new name, it’s a symbol for a future for the sport without limitations,”In were the MLQ founders Statement. “With it, we hope to turn the sport into exactly what it aspires to be: something for all.”
The sport’s new name distances its affiliation with author J.K. Rowling, who came under scrutiny for making anti-trans remarks that left “Harry Potter”Fans are unhappy about her tie to the franchise.
“The name change has opened so many doors, and our departments are already beginning the process of going through as many of them as possible to make our league and our sport the best that it can be,”Continue the statement.
Dec. 2021, MLQ Announcement that MLQ and USQ had “begun the process of selecting a new name for the real-life version of quidditch.” The release noted that the sport’s name, trademarked by Warner Bros., had “limited the sport’s expansion, including but not limited to sponsorship and broadcast opportunities.”
USQ and MLQ also cited Rowling’s anti-trans comments as a reason for the move, citing its goal to push for progressive values in its sport. MLQ cites as an example its gender equality rule which states that no more than four people of the same gender can be on the field at one time.
Along with the name change, the MLQ announced that it will revamp the franchises’ footprint and roll out a “pilot program for MLQ Next Up, our league’s own youth day camp, in Howard County, Md.”Beginning in the summer of 2023
“This name change is a game changer for us, and we are looking to make the most of it,”According to the statement.