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Quidditch to Change Its Name to Distance Sport From JK Rowling Comments

People play Quidditch in Nantes, western France.,

People play Quidditch in Nantes, western France.,

Photographer: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

The sport of Quidditch is to change its name in a move that is set to "distance" the sport from Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

The broomstick-borne sport of Quidditch was influenced by Rowling's best-selling wizard novels and invented in the United States in 2005, before taking off globally.