British fiction writer J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise has become a global phenomenon, but Quidditch, the real-life sport inspired by the airborne game played by wizards in the series, is now ditching its whimsical name.
Quidditch, the fictional sport invented by Rowling in the series, was adapted by Harry Potter fans and made into a real-life sport. The sport is now played in 40 countries among nearly 600 teams. However, the International Quidditch Association (IQA) said it was joining US Quidditch (USQ) and Major League Quidditch (MLQ) in adopting the new name after the two bodies had previously announced their decision to make the change: “Quidditch” will henceforth be known as “Quadball.” The decision is meant to distance themselves from Rowling’s views on transgender issues.
IQA had previously proposed a name change due to the fact that Rowling has increasingly come under scrutiny for her “anti-trans” positions. In the books, Quidditch is a sport that welcomes all players, regardless of gender or sex. Maintaining the same rule in the real world, the sport promotes equality and inclusivity. The new name “Quadball” allows people who are not familiar with the books to know that it is actually a ball game. (Translated by Rita Wang, Taipei Times)
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