Eternal virgins stick twigs between their legs in this rendition of Harry Potter’s favorite sport
By Dahlia Belinsky
Nerdy boys and girls with a stick between their legs chasing someone dressed in gold. What more could a Harry Potter fan ask for?
On Nov. 13 and 14 the fourth annual Quidditch world cup was held at Dewitt Clinton Park in New York City.
The sport, originally from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, was adapted by Middlebury College in 2005. Due to its increasing popularity, the International Quidditch Association (IQA) was created to “develop the game and use it to inspire young people to lead more physically active and socially engaged lives,” according to IQA.
Muggle Quidditch is a co-ed sport, played by erecting three Hula Hoops on each side of field and uses dodge balls as quaffles and softer balls (like Nerf balls) for bludgers. The snitch is a neutral player dressed in gold that can roam all over the college’s campus.
Like regular Quidditch, there are three chasers, two beaters, and one keeper on each team. The chasers are responsible for scoring the quaffle through the opponent’s hoops for 10 points. When a beater hits a player with a bludger, they drop the quaffle and run back to their respective hoops.
Meanwhile, the keeper, as the name implies, must block the quaffles heading towards the hoops. The seeker must catch the snitch worth 150 points. When caught, it ends the game.
The players must constantly have a broom between their legs. The tournament is composed of 46 teams (mostly college and university teams) from both Canada and the United States. The schools include, Middlebury, Ryerson, Yale, and Montreal’s own McGill.
The event was free and open to the public. On top of being able to see every muggle’s favourite wizarding sport come to life, wizard rock band, Harry and the Potters, gave a free concert on Saturday night.
Middlebury college has never lost a game since the tournament started, seeing as this is the school where muggle Quidditch originated.
The sport itself is described as a mixture between, rugby, tag, dodgeball, football, and even basketball. The rulebook permits charging and tackling. On the first day of the tournament alone, approximately forty players were injured.
Dawson is still lacking a Quidditch team, but with 10, 000 students there must be at least 15 Harry Potter enthusiasts willing to play. Until then, students can wait ‘till they are in university to join the McGill Quidditch team.