Quidditch is a fascinating game. The players fly through the air on their brooms at a breath-taking speed, being subjected to dangers at any time.
The Magic for Ordinary People
How do coaches transfer this thrill to Quidditch to normal people without any magic? The thrill of Quidditch remains even without magic. The Muggle version of Quidditch is a fast-paced sport with a great variety of body contacts. So many things happen in the field that it's hard for someone to follow the process of the game, especially without understanding the game rules. It is played with four balls and four different types of players. The only thing that really sets us apart from the magical sport is the fact that we cannot (unfortunately) fly.
Modern People’s View
The Muggle Quidditch has been played in its basic form for quite a while, since 2008. Even real world championships are still taking place almost every year! What does Quidditch mean today? Do people think of it as a serious sport or do you think people are crazy? Are there any differences between the teams from different countries?
Quidditch has undergone a major transformation. In the beginning, it was a kind of sport, which was not taken seriously. However, it has developed very quickly in a short time. It was perceived as a serious college sport at least in the US. From the personal experience, we can say that most of the people always look funny when talking about Quidditch. They always take an interest in this sports game, ‘Is this game from the Harry Potter novels? How is it played? And how are you flying?’ Everybody knows Quidditch! And the idea of playing it in the real world seems crazy at first. But when you look deeply at it, you realize that J. K. Rowling has actually developed a sport that has a set of rules, which can be applied in the real version of the game.
Anyone who has tried it is surprised that the sport is exhausting. We do not just run with brooms around like crazy wizards. We think Quidditch will continue to evolve and become more and more popular. The whole team is very proud of what it is doing!
Of course, the difference between the team of the US and the teams of other countries is still very large. Despite the great development of Quidditch, other countries have not yet reached the standard that Quidditch has in the US. But they are on the right track!
The Professionalism of the Emerson College Quidditch Team
How can you be engaged in the professional Quidditch sports? Who do you see yourself in the team? The professionalism is as serious in the Canadian, French, and German leagues as in the US. We have seven full members of the Quidditch Association, all of whom play professionally and participate in international games. Our goal is to become a popular and strong team but we do it step by step and just need some more time. The fact is that we love Quidditch and always have fun playing together.
Are Only Fans Involved in Quidditch?
Does it matter if the participants are fans? Are there pure athletes or are they all enthusiastic about the books and films? As you might expect, the majority of players are fans in the first place. Otherwise, one rarely gets the idea to start playing Quidditch. But the more it develops, the more athletes are involved. The play is very challenging, a lot of things happen in the field at the same time; it's a mix of handball, dodgeball, and rugby. That is why it attracts the athletes, especially those who are too hopeless with other sports. Quidditch is just something new!
Can Girls Play in Quidditch?
Quidditch is a mixed sport in terms of gender. Even the rules encourage mixed teams to build up the team. We think that's the rule that makes it so revolutionary! No other sport encourages mixed teams. Quidditch has a four-maximum rule. This means that the team of six players in the field (the Seeker is excluded from this list) may include no more than four players of the same gender. Of course, the struggle is getting harder - the same rules applied to men and women.
Does the Success Depend on Participants or Equipment?
The speed of the brooms is crucial to the success of a team. It is important that the brooms are as light as possible and not too long (between 1 and 1,30 meters). You should remember that you need to hold the broom with one hand all the time, so a heavy broom would only cause problems. Of course, the tips of the brooms should not be dangerous, you do not want to hurt yourself and others. For example, brooms made of plastic tubes are very popular. Apart from that, the brooms do not play such a central role as in the books and films.
The Snitch Ball and The Seeker
We find the role of Snitch particularly exciting. What does the typical Seeker player need to do? Can a non-professional athlete catch the Snitch? How close does he or she need to be to catch the golden ball?
The Snitch plays the main role in Quidditch and only a professional athlete can catch the Snitch. Speed, agility, and endurance are the characteristics of a good Seeker player. The snitch is released only after the 17th minute on the field. Accordingly, the Seeker follows. The Runner is dressed in yellow and wears a sock with a tennis ball on his belt. The Seeker's goal is to grab the sock with the tennis ball. When the snitch is caught, the game ends, and the catcher wins 30 points for their team.