Quidditch: From the Books to Real Life

What would you say if someone came up to you and asked: “Hey, want to be on my Quidditch team?”  Well start preparing your answers because this fictional game from the Harry Potter book series is coming to a college near you.

At the 4th annual Quidditch World Cup held in New York City Park in November, there were over 46 teams with 10,000 spectators watching on as the fantasy game from the Harry Potter world came to life.  Below is a video of Penn State College in action at the World Cup event.


For those who are not familiar with the game and how it works this is the basic gist. There are two teams of seven players (five men and two women) on a 30 X 50 meter oval field at one time. Out of those seven there are four different positions, the first is called the Chasers. There are three chasers on your team, and their job is to throw these volleyball sized balls through hoops to score. But the chasers need to watch out for the two beaters that are on the opposite team. The Beaters basic job is to stop the Chasers from scoring by throwing dodge ball sized balls (aka Bludgers) at the chasers to knock the ball out of their hand. If the ball gets knocked out the chasers hands then the chaser must go back to one of their own hoops on the opposite side of the field and start again. Also, waiting at the hoops there is a Keeper, whose job is to defend the hoops from the chasers. Finally the last position is the Seeker, whose sole purpose in the game is to catch the snitch. The snitch is a small ball that is carried by a cross country runner that runs across the campus throughout the game. The goal of the game is to score 30 points, but if during the game the snitch is caught by the seeker it’s an automatic 30 points to that team and the game ends.
Many as 81 college campuses already have active quidditch teams with over 221 teams forming across the U.S at other college campuses. However, internationally 400 teams exist in some form and that number is still growing.