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Has an author every piddled away the love and respect of an entire generation as quickly as Harry Potter creator J.K Rowling? I'm not sure, but what I do know is that every day we see more and more fans attempting to distance themselves from the divisive writer.
Rowling has been repeatedly criticised over the years for her trans-exclusionary views, to the point where it's getting harder and harder for many fans to separate the creator from her body of work. Many feel they can no longer support the Harry Potter franchise, purely because Rowling uses her significant voice to attack the trans community.
Over the last year or so, both Hogwarts Legacy and upcoming HBO Max special Return To Hogwarts have separately stressed the controversial author is not directly involved with either project. This, of course, is not enough for many who understand any Harry Potter project is still money in Rowling's pocket.
Now, the Major League Quidditch has announced its intention to step out from under the shadow of Harry Potter/J.K Rowling.
The sport, which is essentially a real-life version of the fictional Quidditch adapted to account for the fact, y'know, we don't actually have magic brooms, was officially created by students back 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 copyright issues from Warner Bros. as they aim to grow bigger over the next few years. The second is to distance the sport from Rowling and push for a more progressive and inclusive game.
“I believe Quidditch is at a turning point," US Quidditch executive director Mary Kimball said in a statemen. "We can continue the status quo and stay relatively small, or we can make big moves and really propel this sport forward into its next phase. "Renaming the sport opens up so many more revenue opportunities for both organizations, which is crucial to expansion. Through joint ownership of this new trademark, USQ and MLQ will be able to pursue sponsorships, broadcasting on major TV networks and other projects that'll address some of the biggest barriers to playing the sport, like access to equipment.”
They added: "Our sport has developed a reputation as one of the most progressive sports in the world on gender equality and inclusivity, in part thanks to its gender maximum rule, which stipulates that a team may not have more than four players of the same gender on the field at a time.
"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."
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