Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two decades, you’ll know that the Harry Potter franchise is kind of a big deal. In fact, it’s the only deal worth knowing about. It’s magical! While this book and movie series has given us the chance to get to know the ins and outs of the Wizarding World, it’s also given us the chance to explore what sports these witches and wizards get up to on a regular basis. For those at Hogwarts, surrounding schools, and at the elusive World Cup, Quidditch was the only sport on their lips. But did you know it’s now a real sport?
What is Quidditch?
Of course, to truly understand why Quidditch has become such a craze in the Muggle world, we need to know a little more about the sport in general. Thanks to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we have learned that Quidditch is a sport played on broomsticks, and one that utilizes four different balls; two Bludgers, a Quaffle, and the iconic Golden Snitch. Each team has seven players who take on four different roles, and the main aim of the game is to score points by throwing the Quaffle into one of the three rings on the other side of the pitch. Of course, it’s not quite as simple as that. With other balls and players to contend with, the match can often become gruesome and tiresome. After all, the game isn’t over until the Seeker catches the tiny Golden Snitch…
In the Muggle world
After the success of the Harry Potter franchise, Muggles around the globe tried to bring the magic into their own lives. They bought their own wands, they ate Chocolate Frogs, and they created their own version of Quidditch. Yes, really! It’s now an international sport, although it has had to be modified for the sake of non-magic folk. While Muggles don’t have the ability to fly on broomsticks, these flying devices are still utilized within the game. Players mount their brooms to run around a pitch while aiming to score as many points as possible. Like in the magical version, the Golden Snitch still has to be caught before the game can come to an end. Without a magical golden ball to their advantage, an impartial “Golden Snitch” will run around the pitch with a tennis ball in a sock tied to their shorts. The first Seeker to grab the tennis ball stops the game, and the team with the most points at this point wins!
An international phenomenon
Quidditch has since become an international phenomenon, and the game is even governed by its own regulator. The International Quidditch Association oversees every team and game across the world, although it’s fair to say that the sport is more prevalent in some countries than others. It’s become a huge trend in Europe and North and South America but has not quite made its way to Africa or Asia just yet.
Want to give Quidditch a try? Just find your nearest team!