A Quidditch Australia representative told SBS News the national body was “very supportive” of the change, and would hold a board meeting to discuss adopting the new name next month.
Quidditch is played by as many as 600 teams in 40 countries according to the IQA. Credit: Ajantha Abey
“First, J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter book series, has increasingly come under scrutiny for her anti-trans positions. LGBTQ+ advocacy groups like GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign as well as the three lead actors in the Harry Potter film series have criticized her stances,” the explaining the name change.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has been the subject of controversy. Source: Getty
“I want trans women to be safe. At the same time, I do not want to make natal girls and women less safe. When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he’s a woman – and, as I’ve said, gender confirmation certificates may now be granted without any need for surgery or hormones – then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside,” she wrote.
Quadball “refers to both the number of balls and the number of positions in the real-life sport”, the organisation said.
Quidditch Australia backs name change
“We are a mixed-gender sport, and we have specific ratios of genders that we need to keep on pitch, and we also recognise genders beyond girl and boy, we also recognise non-binary, trans folks,” she explained.
Credit: Ajantha Abey
“So to have the creator, J.K., be very much on the anti-trans movement at the moment is pretty damaging to a lot of our players and it’s not something we want to be associated with, because we have such an inclusive community and it really goes against like the heart of the community to be seen supporting those sort of comments.”
The tournament will be the last time the name ‘quidditch’ is used by the IQA for international competitions, with the organisation saying it would work with its member national governing bodies “on developing a timeline for adopting the new name following the European Games”.
Quidditch Australia says inclusivity is integral to the sport, and has expressed support for the name change. Credit: Taylor Angelo
Running from 22-24 July, the European Games will feature 20 teams from Europe, Australia and Hong Kong.