By: Hannah Fogus
Quidditch, the high-flying game made popular by the Harry Potter series, has become a popular past time across college campuses throughout the United States and the world.
Broomsticks are used, but don’t have the magical powers to make the players take flight.
Eighty college quidditch teams recently took part in the World Cup 8 of 2016 on April 11-12 in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Fans of the popular Harry Potter series are well acquainted with quidditch. For those who don’t know, quidditch is a game in which one rides a broomstick around a field, throwing balls through large hoops for points, dodging large bludgers, and racing to capture the tiny, golden snitch that will win the game. This popular game in the Harry Potter books has come to life as it has become a worldwide sport in numerous colleges and communities.
In the books, players fly on broomsticks with magical flying balls and bludgers. In real life, the game takes place on the ground with broomsticks in between player’s legs with normal balls to shoot in hoops for points.
This intramural sport requires a variety of different skills, such as coordination, speed, endurance and strength.
“From what I’ve seen, the game isn’t easy. They work their players in practice, just like any other sport, and the games are usually a challenging win,” Texas A&M student Heather Berger said.
From the uncommon rules and layout of the game, multiple college students and bystanders enjoy to watch the quidditch team’s practices and games.
“It’s fascinating to watch,” University of Texas student Amber Williams said. “If I’m ever having a bad day or I know I just failed a test, I go over to where the quidditch team is practicing and I sit and watch and then my day just gets better. I get a real kick out of it.”
Broomsticks are required for all players to keep in between their legs at all times during the game, and if a player doesn’t have a broomstick, he or she must play with one arm behind their back.
Quidditch on college campuses in the United States started with seven teams in 2005.This year 60 teams participated in the 2016 World Cup 8.
J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, has not only created one of the most successful book series, but she has also introduced a new sport that has the world buzzing with excitement.