Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Quidditch Hits US College Campuses [You're The Expert] [News]

Middlebury College in Vermont is credited with forming the first-ever Quidditch team for Muggles.  Now, over 200 colleges across the country have active teams.  They hang hula hoops from trees, buy quaffles and bludgers from toy aisles, and must keep a broom between their legs at all times.  Oh, and the golden snitch?  It's a tennis ball stuck in a tube sock tied off of the waste of a runner clad in yellow or gold. Watch the video below to get an idea of how it came to the UC-Berkeley campus, and how they play it there. Oh, and via the SF Chronicle, here are the rules:
Rules of Quidditch

1 Instead of flying on broomsticks, muggle players must hold broomsticks between their legs while running on the field.

2 Players score goals by throwing quaffles (blue balls) through Hula-hoops hanging from tree branches. A goal is worth one point.

3 Players throw bludgers (red balls) at one another. If hit by a bludger, a player must drop whatever ball he is carrying and run back to his own goal hoops. Another player can then pick up the ball he dropped.

4 Instead of a golden flying ball, the snitch is a person dressed in gold who runs around the Quidditch field. A sock with a tennis ball in it is tucked into the snitch's waistband.

5 The game ends when a player catches the snitch by grabbing the sock. Catching the snitch is worth 30 points.

What do you think? Would you join a Quidditch league near you? I think it sounds like mighty fun!

[via San Francisco Chronicle]


AtenRa said...

OMG, how awesome is that????When people put their creativity and their love for something in good use, it has excellent results.
I'm jealous!I wanna say "I'm off to play Quidditch" at least once in my life, too !!!

Kirthi said...

Oh my gosh! MUGGLE QUIDDITCH!!! We should so have that here in Georgia! ~green with envy~

GMR said...

Umm..okay, I'm all for most things Harry Potter and although it'd be fun to attend a game, perhaps play in one (only one)....I'm having a hard time thinking they just look mightly silly running around the field with a broom between their legs. ~raises eyebrow~ Cie la least they are having fun!