December 2, 2012 by chriszumtobel
It’s two different cultures, the east and west coast, but one of my biggest surprises was the sport of quidditch. I have two friends who ended up at school on the east coast, one at Boston and one at Syracuse, and each of them are on their school’s quidditch team, raving about how much fun it is.
So, to find out what all the fuss is about, I joined my friend on a trip up to a tournament in Rochester, NY.
Like most sports, it involves two opposing teams, but different than
most..all sports each player must carry a broomstick between their legs the entire game. I tried to get a good picture but it was a bit cold out and I rushed them all a little bit…
I would explain the rules but I don’t really know them, or any of the lingo, but I do know that these are some hardcore Harry Potter fans and that they kept the sport as close to the book version as muggles are capable of.
The funniest part (probably because it was the most difficult to replicate without magical powers) is the snitch.
Those guys are the magical snitches. There’s one per match and before it starts, both sides must close their eyes so this little guy can take off running and hide somewhere on campus. There are two seekers who chase him but rarely find him until he comes back to the pitch after about half an hour.
You see that little ball hanging from his tail? So the match doesn’t end until one of the seekers grabs that ball getting their team a vital thirty points and ending the match, snitch in hand.
It is hilarious, but there is a good amount of athleticism involved and it’s not a joke to these people at all.
This is serious business.
This is quidditch.