Activity Spotlight: Quidditch Club Brings Magic to King’s
A dash of magic from the wonderful world of “Harry Potter” is being brought to King’s. Unfortunately, we will not have owls who will deliver our mail, nor will we have enchanted quills to help us take notes during long lectures. However, the exciting sport of Quidditch is starting up this semester.
The team was founded this year by Caroline Jones and Julia Stopper, two avid “Harry Potter” fans.
“I’m a “Harry Potter” fan, and I thought it would be great if King’s had a Quidditch team.,” Jones said. “I mentioned this idea to my best friend, Julia Stopper, who is also a Harry Potter fan, and she encouraged me to register the King’s College Quidditch team with campus clubs and organizations to create a real team.”
Jones and Stopper wanted to bring this new sport to King’s, and there has been a large amount of interest.
Though it may seem like an unusual pastime, the sport has gained a large amount of popularity in the last few years, and is often referred to as Muggle Quidditch.
With seven books, eight films and a theme park to name a few cultural staples, “Harry Potter” is a worldwide phenomena. And, as Jones said, the fictional sport of Qudditch is quickly becoming a phenomena all on its own.
“Quidditch was introduced to us by the “Harry Potter” books, but it has become a real sport,” Jones said. “It is played at 1,200 schools and colleges across six continents.”
Though the club is experiencing popularity early on, they are always looking for new teammates and helpers. Jones said there are many benefits to being involved with the Quidditch team.
“There are so many benefits of joining Quidditch regardless of major,” Jones said. “Quidditch is a fun sport to play, and it promotes team bonding and a healthy lifestyle.”
There are also a variety of ways for people to be involved with the team.
“To anyone interested in joining – go for it,” Jones said. “There are various positions on each team, as well as scorekeepers if anyone doesn’t want to be part of the contact sport.”
The team meets every Monday at 3:30 p.m. to walk over to Kirby Park together.
“We have built an amazing team and about 50 enthusiastic students are now a part of it,” Jones said.
The game, which is a co-ed, full-contact sport, has an official rulebook that is roughly 200 pages long. There are even national and international governing bodies for the sport.
A Quidditch team consists of seven active players all of whom must keep one hand on their broomsticks at all times. It has a “four maximum” rule that requires that only four players, not including the Seeker, who choose to identify as one gender may be on the pitch at once. The four main positions are Chasers, Beaters, Keepers and Seekers.
Chasers make up three of the seven active players, and their main task is to score goals. At the same time, Chasers have to avoid Beaters and the Bludgers that they throw. Chasers use a volleyball, referred to as a Quaffle, and aim to get it through one of three hoops to score their team ten points.
One Keeper per team is allowed on the pitch at a time. They’re considered to be a Chaser with special privileges, and are tasked with defending their team’s hoops. Though this may seem simple, goals can be scored from either the front or back of the three hoops, forcing the Keeper to keep a constant watch on whoever tries to slip by.
There are two Beaters whose main goal is to knock out opponents using dodgeballs which are known as Bludgers. When a player is hit with a Bludger, they must immediately dismount their brooms and return to their own goal before being able to go back into play.
Finally, there is one Seeker tasked with catching the Golden Snitch. They chase after the Snitch Runner, a neutral player dressed in all gold with a golden ball hanging from their waistband. Catching the Snitch off of the runner earns a team thirty points and ends the game. Because of this the Snitch Runner is a more playful role that is allowed to get creative in order to prevent being caught. Previous examples include using silly string, water balloons and water guns in order to throw the Seekers off of their game.
Jones said people can still participate in Quidditch even if they cannot commit to joining the team or a scorekeeping role.
“If you can’t make the commitment, I highly recommend coming to watch our tournaments which will start next month,” Jones said. “It will be very entertaining to see about 50 students running around on broomsticks!”
With the turn out being so great, everyone involved has high hopes of making this club a permanent part of King’s College. As of now, there are no other nearby schools to play. Tournaments will be held by dividing King’s students into the four Hogwarts houses — Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin — and having them face off against each other.
You can also support the club by keeping an eye out for future t-shirt fundraisers just in time for Halloween.
Jones and Stopper have very high hopes for the future of the Quidditch Team. They also hope to inspire other colleges nearby to create Quidditch teams of their own.
“We hope that the Quidditch Team will eventually be registered as an actual sport at King’s,” Jones said. “We also hope to play other colleges.”
If anyone would like to know about the sport, they can visit the official United States Quidditch website at www.usquidditch.org. Anyone looking for more information on the team here are King’s or looking to join may contact Caroline Jones via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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