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Quidditch is a Real Sport

Updated on October 26, 2011

I Pay Tuition for This?

If you don't have a kid in college, you may not be aware that a new "sport" has taken hold on campuses across the country, a magical game born out of the famous Harry Potter novels and J.K. Rowling's vivid imagination. That new sport is Quidditch, and it really is played on brooms - okay, so they don't fly as in Harry Potter, but you had better be able to run very fast with that stick between your legs!

Who knew that I would send my child off to college, paying that huge tuition bill and thinking it was all academics, but finding out that she is running around a field trying to get a "quaffle" ball through one of three hoops. All the while, other players are desperately trying to unseat her from her broom by hurling the equivalent of dodge balls (aka "bludgers") at her. You have to see this game in action to believe it.

Quidditch is a bit of rugby-meets-basketball-meets-dodgeball-on-brooms, and then there's the J.K. Rowling's world, the Snitch is a golden ball with wings that flies around the pitch, evading capture as long as possible. Once caught, the game is over with points awarded to whichever team was skilled enough to get it. In the collegiate world of Quidditch, the Snitch is a talented, cross-country runner bedecked in canary-yellow attire. He or she spends the game running about the campus avoiding contact with the designated "Seeker" from each team, alas, without the benefit of wings.

It is clear that this creative adaptation of the game played fictitiously at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has become nothing less than a true phenomenon among college atheletes and geeks alike. There is something for everyone in this sport, but don't be lulled into thinking it's all a joke. Far from jest, this is serious, sometimes dangerous business...imagine falling awkwardly with that broom between your to wear a cup, otherwise aspirations for the Quidditch World Cup will be left to the imagination.


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      Drjacki 6 years ago from North Carolina

      @Ardie, my daughter was a soccer player in HS but when she went off to college, her art school had no teams except Quidditch, which they take VERY seriously as a sport...competing with many Universities! It is keeping her in good shape despite eating all that high calorie college food, so I LOVE it!

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      Oh. My. Goodness!! I had absolutely no idea the kids really played this - I think Harry Potter has been taken too far hahah

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      Abby Lysach 6 years ago from Singapore

      hahahaha... agree manthy... I thought so... I saw it in Harry Potter's also... I thought it wasn't real sport. Imagining that flying golden ball, snitch, and the Seeker with their broom were hardly trying to catch it. Well, by reading this hub, now I really want to know what does it looks like when the Seeker trying to catch the snitch in reality ;-)

      Thanks, Drjacki... It's very interesting info.

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      Drjacki 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Manthy, you're not dumb...just out of the loop with college goofiness! If not for my daughter playing on her college's team (with uniforms and brooms, of course), I would never have realized. Wish I could go back in time and play, too! Thanks for reading my hub.

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      WOW - I thought it was just from the Harry Potter movies.

      I am so dumb

      Thanks for the info