Posted on 07/20/2022 at 10:09 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The groups formerly known as US Quidditch and Major League Quidditch have new names.

The New York Times reports that they've chosen to officially go with "quadball" instead of "quidditch."

There are a number of reasons for the change, which the leagues previewed in December.

There's the fact that movie production company Warner Bros. holds the copyright to the word "quidditch," meaning that the leagues can't sell any merchandise with the word on it.

And there's also the matter of Harry Potter author (and quidditch inventor) J.K. Rowling's controversial statements about gender identity. 

A spokesman said that both reasons were equally important to the group.

Rowling's representatives said she wouldn't comment on the decision, but noted that she has previously issued statements saying she didn't endorse or license any of the quidditch leagues.

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