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Viva Quidditch!

Uploaded: Oct 25, 2009
I have a daughter who attended PALY and now is a sophomore at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Her school hosted the "Quidditch World Cup" this weekend, hosting a number of other New England colleges in a version of the game made famous in the Harry Potter book series.

This "tradition" started a few years back, and appears to have gotten some serious traction in colleges around the country. My understanding is that over 100 colleges now have Quidditch teams, and the count is growing.

With brooms between the players' legs and lingo only a serious student of Hogwarts understands, this clearly is something that is part of the current generation of youth.

I have seen some of the Harry Potter movies, and I have not read any of the books, unlike my kids, who are rabid fans of both. I don't understand the game of Quidditch at all.

What I think is remarkable is that some college kids a few years ago figured out how to devise the game for mere mortals to play, and that it has taken off in popularity on college campuses around the country.

I think I spent my Sunday afternoons with Steely Dan music and other things that could incriminate me.

Viva Quidditch!

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Posted by yes, but, a resident of ,
on Oct 25, 2009 at 4:35 pm

OK, Paul, but how do they fly around?


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Posted by Melissa (oddharmonic), a resident of ,
on Oct 27, 2009 at 6:20 pm

@yes, but: They don't fly. The "muggle" version of Quidditch is a ground game.

The Golden Snitch, which is a winged ball in the books, is represented by a ball in a sock tucked into a player's belt like flag football.


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