Millions of muggles man up for Quidditch


Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor

For over a decade, the wizarding world of Harry Potter has captivated billions of people.

The series concluded with the final film and the launch of Pottermore.com, an interactive website for fans. However, the series lives on in “muggle” society, (“muggle” being wizard slang for non-magical beings).

Quidditch has become a fast growing trend in colleges and around the world, with teams in the U.S.A., U.K., India and many other nations. The game has also caught on here in Oklahoma where a few colleges participate, such as OSU, and UCO, are garnering significant attendance and media coverage. The game created in J.K. Rowling’s books is a way for the phenomenon of Harry Potter to live on, long past the last DVD release.

The game reflects the wizard sport depicted in the movies. There is a Seeker, a Keeper, two Beaters and three Chasers. A slightly deflated volleyball serves as the Quaffle and dodgeballs are used for Bludgers. A person dressed in all gold or yellow serves as the Snitch, where the entire campus is open field.

Players must carry a broomstick between their legs at all times, with Chasers attempting to throw the Quaffle past the Keeper into the goals, and the Beaters keep the Bludgers from coming into contact with someone from their team. The game is concluded when the Snitch is caught.

This has become an international sport, with the International Quidditch Association formed in 2007 under the name Intercollegiate Quidditch Association. Currently there are more than 1000 teams in the IQA, with more prospective teams from around the world. The World Cup is hosted each year, with a World champion named in both the collegiate and the high school division. Middlebury College in Vermont has won the last four World Cups. The next World Cup will be held on Nov. 13 – 14 in New York.

Quidditch requires 15 players between the two teams, seven for each team and a neutral player to be the Snitch. With a minimum of two participants required to start a club, could Quidditch be the start of something magical on campus?

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