Statement Regarding USQ, MLQ Name ChangeInternational
QuidditchUK are in full support of the renaming of our sport as recently proposed by US Quidditch.
The issues surrounding both the Warner Brothers trademark and J.K Rowling’s remarks and statements against the transgender members of our community have accelerated this desire to move our branding away from the ‘quidditch’ name and shift towards our own identity.
Quidditch as it is played in the United Kingdom and throughout the world has been steadily growing further beyond Harry Potter and the wider franchise, and this shift will allow more opportunities for growth, sponsorship and expansion outside of current events and operations.
More importantly, distancing ourselves from J.K Rowling will cement the sport and community as the inclusive space it already is. Since our inception the inclusion of all persons, regardless of race, sex, gender identity, or background has been a cornerstone of our sport.
We cannot continue to call ourselves quidditch and be associated with J.K Rowling while she continues to make damaging and hateful comments against the many transgender athletes, staff, and volunteers who call this sporting community home.
We intend to work with US Quidditch, the International Quidditch Association, and the other international governing bodies to move forward with this change and we will update our own organisational name and branding to reflect whatever is decided by the global community.