Quidditch is a Real Sport
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 Snitch...in 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 legs...best to wear a cup, otherwise aspirations for the Quidditch World Cup will be left to the imagination.
- Brooms Up! - Quidditch World Cup IV documentary - YouTube
Get tickets to World Cup V: www.worldcupquidditch.com Produced by Boxer Films and Alivan's Wand & Broom makers Directed by Larry O'Flahavan Edited by James S...