I never read any of the Harry Potter books, but I had kids of an age where I wound up watching few of the movies.
So I’m familiar with the sport – or “sport” – of Quidditch. In the movies, it was a fantasy version of, for lack of a better description, polo played on witch brooms.
I wasn’t familiar enough with it to know there’s a professional league – presumably sans levitation. At least for now.
But like (it seems) all professional sports, “woke” has engulfed even this supremely artificial “sport”:
U.S. Quidditch and Major League Quidditch announced the name change on Tuesday as well as their own rebranding as U.S. Quadball and Major League Quadball. The groups announced their intention to find a new name for the sport in December, citing what they called anti-trans positions of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
In addition to distancing themselves from the author, organizers hope the name change will give the sport more opportunities to grow and not be inhibited by the trademark for “quidditch” being owned by Warner Bros.”Bringing full creative control of the name of our sport to the vibrant community of players and fans that has grown and sustained it will allow our organizations to take the next step,” MLQ co-commissioner Amanda Dallas said in a statement. “We are now able to pursue the kinds of opportunities that our community has dreamed about for years.”
So, the “sport” wants to distance itself…
…from the woman who created it, in her own mind, from whole cloth, as part of a bunch of fantasy novels about a teenage wizard?
Because she affirms biological reality?
UPDATE: I’d say “in an unrelated matter“, but it’s really not unrelated at all.