Come Play Quidditch With Me

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Dewey, a student at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, organizes the campus Quidditch club of about 40 Potter devotees imitating the aerial game of the book series.

Although Bucknell has not played its first official game — that is expected in September — Dewey’s club has received $150 from the college to buy supplies, including hula hoops and a volleyball that stands in for the fictional “quaffle.”

Also on the equipment list are the brooms on which J.K. Rowling’s Quidditch players fly around during games and which Bucknell players are required to hold between their legs.

Clearly there are a few things that make this game more challenging than in the book, such as the inability to fly.

Each team consists of 12 to 15 players, seven of whom are on the field at a time. They include a “keeper” to defend the hoops through which scores are made; “chasers” whose job it is to put the quaffle through the hoops; and “beaters” who throw balls called “bludgers” at their opponents.

There is also a “seeker” who chases the elusive “golden “snitch” around campus during the game. The capture of the snitch, usually after about 15 minutes, signals the end of the game.

Dewey described the sport as “mildly full-contact” and said it requires some athletic ability, particularly for seekers, who are typically cross-country runners. It appeals equally to men and women, he said.

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  1. Jack's Shack July 19, 2007 at 6:43 am


    Somewhere out there is a boy who wants to be just like Draco Malfoy, at least I think there must be.

    Three more days and then the effort to lock ourselves up so that we can discover the answers for ourselves.


    That sounds pretty cool.

  2. Anonymous July 19, 2007 at 4:36 am

    I once played quidditch at a birthday party. We played in a pool where there were chasers, keepers and beaters all riding on noodles. The seeker however had no noodle and was trying to find quarters (the “snitch”) on the bottom of the pool. There were 5 quarters and the first seeker to get 3 “caught the snitch”.

  3. Another meshugannah mommy July 19, 2007 at 12:52 am

    My son played Quidditch at day camp last summer. He loved everything about it – except for the fact that he was “sorted” onto the Slytherin team.

    3 more days…

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