Monday, February 22, 2010

Intercollegiate Quidditch Association

There's apparently an Intercollegiate Quidditch Association that includes 226 schools. For those of you who don't know what quidditch is, it's a game that J.K. Rowling fictionalized for the Harry Potter series:
It is...an extremely rough but very popular semi-contact sport played by wizards and witches around the world. Matches are played between two teams of seven players riding flying broomsticks, using four balls and six elevated ring-shaped goals. In the Harry Potter universe, Quidditch holds a fervent following similar to football (soccer) as a globally popular sport. [Wikipedia]
Since the intercollegiate teams don't have access to flying broomsticks or other magical devices, they play a variant called Muggle Quidditch that is adapted for the non-magical world. The first intercollegiate match took place in 2007, between Middlebury and Vassar Colleges (some photos here).

On one hand, I'm like "NERD ALERT!" On the other, the students look like they're having fun, so who am I to judge that? Here's a "trailer" for intercollegiate Quidditch:

2 comments:

Brenda said...

Oh my gosh. Whaddya mean nerd alert! I'd totally try to play - and end up in the ER with something broken. Or just not be able to move for a week.

madichan said...

Or get blue slushie tossed in your face, a la Glee.