Not many people can say they’ve created an international sport, but JK Rowling is one of them. Since her invention of Quidditch – the broomstick-based ball game popularised in the Harry Potter books – the sport has been played around the world, with a number of US universities even adding it to their lists of team sports.
Since the news that Rowling will pen a movie spin-off to her blockbuster franchise, Warner Bros has embarked upon a flurry of trademarking activity. According to notes obtained by Bleeding Cool, the list includes the movie’s title, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, and another of Rowling’s books, Tales of Beedle The Bard.
But most interesting of all is the studio’s decision to trademark one of Rowling’s earlier spin-off books, Quidditch Through The Ages. The work was written under the pseudonym Kennilworthy Whisp and raised funds for Comic Relief back in 2001, but Warner Bros have also added teams Wimbourne Wasps, Chudley Cannons and Kenmare Kestrels to their locked-down list. So, could a Quidditch movie be on the cards…?
There’s certainly plenty of scope for a feature, with a fictional Quidditch World Cup taking up a sizeable chunk of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Add to that the numerous mentions of the professional sport, plus the fiercely competitive bouts at Hogwarts and you have more than enough material for a movie. Plus, the Falmouth Falcons versus the Wimbourne Wasps has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Who needs rugby union when you’ve got Quidditch…