“This is a game that the fan base dreamed about playing, so they made it a reality. I believe it’s completely possible for this becoming popular, to both Potterheads and normal people,” says sophomore Hannah Christman, a dedicated Harry Potter fan.
Quidditch was originally created by J.K. Rowley, the author of the popular book series Harry Potter. While Harry spent his time at the Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovered that he was talented at the wizard sport, known as quidditch.
The basic rules of quidditch are unique from any other sport. Quidditch is played on broomsticks high into the air and there are three goal posts at each end of the quidditch pitch (the field). Each team has a total of seven players: three chasers, two beaters, a keeper, and a seeker. There are three different types of balls, but four in total that are used in the game. The main ball is the quaffle, then there are two bludgers, and a golden snitch.
The goal of the three chasers on the field is to maneuver through the defense of the other team with the quaffle and throw it past the keeper (essentially the goalie) into one of the three goal posts. The team receives ten points each time the quaffle is thrown through one of the goal posts. The two beaters on the field insure that their teammates are safe from the opposing team’s beaters. The beaters have full control over themselves and try to target players to hit on the field and the beaters use a small bat to hit the bludgers away from their players. In the fantasy game, being hit by a bludger can cause a player to fall off their broom, leading to serious injuries and broken bones.
The last player on the field, the seeker, has only one thing to worry about, the golden snitch. The snitch is a fast flying ball that is nearly impossible to see and the seeker’s job is to catch it. A game of quidditch can not end until one of the two seekers has caught the snitch and whichever team catches it, receives 150 points, which makes it almost nearly impossible to win without catching the snitch.
Muggle Quidditch (the variation of the game for people without any magical powers) has become an official intramural sport for over 300 colleges and universities nationwide, including UCLA, Harvard, and University of Maryland, but for obvious reasons, it would be a little difficult to play real quidditch. However, college students decided to get creative and make a version that was possible for muggles to play.
College students are required to run with a broom between their legs at all times and throw a ball into the goal posts, which are no higher than six feet off the ground. The beaters throw dodgeballs at their opponents, taking them out of the game for a short time if they are hit. The seekers have to chase down a person dressed in yellow, who is released onto the field 18 minutes into the game. The game is not over until the snitch is stolen from the person dressed in yellow.
“I believe these rules accommodate the real magic rules well because there are certain aspects that they are trying to recreate. However, maybe instead of having a snitch as a person running around, why not use today’s technology to fly a drone or small golden craft around by remote control,” says Christman.
There is even a possibility of some current Helix students playing quidditch when they go off to college. “I’d want to try the game because I think it would be fun to run around carrying a broom and bring the world of magic to real life,” says senior and Harry Potter fan, Jonathan Shaw.
Christman also believes she could participate in intramural quidditch, “If I was able to play quidditch in college I could make a decent chaser, I believe. I would have to work on my throw, but I think I could handle it. I’d like to be a chaser like Angelina Johnson, Katie Bell and Ginny Weasley.”
Regardless of how the muggle game is played, every year, the colleges hold a US Quidditch Cup, similar to the World Cup played in Harry Potter. This year’s US Quidditch Cup will be held on April 8th and 9th in Kissimmee, Florida with the top 60 quidditch teams in the country competing for the title.
Not only do prospectors get to witness the teams battling for the title, but other forms of entertainment are brought to the event, including live bands, quidditch lessons, live commentary from the athletes, a fan festival, and shopping for all of your magical needs.
“If I was to attend the US Quidditch Cup, I would probably enjoy the food and drinks they had, obviously they would have butterbeer (A popular drink in the wizarding world) and dressing up would be a close second,” says Shaw.
So far this season, the top five teams are Florida’s Finest, Quidditch Club Boston, Arizona State University, Bowling Green State University and Los Angeles Gambits. If you are a fan of quidditch, you might want to keep your eye on these particular teams this season.
Quidditch has clearly proved its abilities in college intramural sports and with the rate that quidditch is growing, don’t be surprised if you start to hear more people talking about the game of quidditch.