Has one author all stung the love and respect of an entire generation as quickly as Harry Potter creator JK Rowling? I’m not sure, but what I To do Know that every day we see more and more fans trying to distance themselves from the writer who divides.
Rowling has been criticized several times over the years for her cross-exclusionist views, to the point that it is becoming increasingly difficult for many fans to separate the creator from her work. Many believe they can no longer support the Harry Potter franchise, simply because Rowling is using her meaningful voice to attack the trans community.
Now Major League Quidditch has announced plans to step out of the Harry Potter / JK Rowling shadows.
The sport, which is basically an actual version of fictional Quidditch adapted to reflect the fact, you know, we don’t have magic brooms, was officially created by students in 2005. The League was officially established a decade later, in 2015.
But now, it seems, the League is ready to make a change. There are two main reasons for this. The first is simply to avoid Warner Bros. copyright issues. as they aim to grow over the next few years. The second is to take the sport away from Rowling and push for more progressive and inclusive play.
“I think Quidditch is at a crossroads,” Mary Kimball, executive director of US Quidditch, said in a statement. “We can maintain the status quo and stay relatively small, or we can take big strides and really propel the sport into its next phase.” Renaming the sport opens up a lot of additional revenue opportunities for both organizations, which is crucial for expansion. Thanks to the joint ownership of this new brand, the USQ and the MLQ will be able to pursue sponsorships, broadcast on major television networks and other projects that overcome some of the biggest obstacles to the practice of the sport, such as the access to equipment.
They added: “Our sport has earned a reputation as one of the most progressive sports in the world when it comes to gender equality and inclusiveness, in part thanks to its maximum gender rule, which states that a team cannot have more than four players of the same gender on the field at a time.
“Both organizations believe it is imperative to live up to this reputation in all aspects of their operations and believe this decision is a step in that direction.”