Grab your broomstick, cape and wizard attire: it’s Quidditch time! Yep, you heard right, the magical game from the popular Harry Potter series has made its way to the muggle world.
Wannabe wizards swooped down on the Big Apple Sunday to participate in the fourth annual Quidditch World Cup. After two days of buzzing around with broomsticks between their legs, the reigning champ, Middlebury College in Vermont, out-flew colleges like Harvard and Yale.
The game resembles a combination of rugby, dodgeball and lacrosse. A reporter for KSL explains the game.
“You have three hoops posted on either end. The chaser here is trying to score 10 points each time he puts this quaffle in those hoops. But trying to stop them are the beaters. Who take these dodge balls and literally trying to pelt them at everybody. These dodgeballs are called bludgers. If you get hit with a bludger you have to drop everything you’re doing. The last line of defense is the keeper who tries to block the quaffle from going into those hoops.”
You can’t forget about the most critical player on the field - the snitch. This player dresses in gold and “flies” around the field to avoid being caught.
The game does comes with a hefty price tag. The Harvard team shelled out $600 to play. Most of the money went to purchasing broomsticks. A reporter for Fox News says some might not take the magical game so seriously.
“Critics say the game is more joke than sport and it's hard to tell which is more costly: the money spent playing it or the embarrassment it brings their institutions.”
Still, one parent tells WPIX, the game is bringing more teens outside and away from their gadgets.
Reporter: “For students it’s a break from video games and varsity sports, while parents worry about injuries from broomsticks of all things most are embracing this wizardly game.”
Parent: “Watch these kids. They’re not texting. They’re really communicating, talking. I haven’t seen this.”
The game might seem a little goofy, but one fan tells CBS there’s no magic wands to save you like in the movies. In the real-life game, it can get pretty rough.
“People say, you’re watching Quidditch, it’s so nerdy. You say, yeah watch the game. It’s a contact sport. It’s a lot rougher than you think.”
Players around the country are trying to have the NCAA officially recognize the sport. For now, players can visit the International Quidditch Association’s website to learn about rules and future competitions.
So what do you think? Will this magical sport take off or will it go from broom to gloom?
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The clip The Rogue Bludger from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) with Tom Felton
All right there, Scarhead?
Watch yourself, Harry!
Wood, look out!
Blimey! Harry's got himself a rogue Bludger.
That's been tampered with, that has.
I'll stop it.
No! Even with a proper wand, it's too risky. You could hit Harry.
Training for the ballet, Potter?
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The clip Before the game from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) with Sean Biggerstaff, Daniel Radcliffe
It's all right. I felt the same way before my first game.
I don't really remember.
I took a Bludger to the head two minutes in.
Woke up in hospital a week later.
Welcome to Hogwarts' first Quidditch game of the season.
Today's game, Slytherin versus Gryffindor!
The players take their positions as Madam Hooch steps onto the field to begin the game!
Now, I want a nice, clean game from all of you!
The clip Quidditch from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
The Bludgers are up, followed by the Golden Snitch.
Remember, the Snitch is worth 150 points.
The Seeker who catches the Snitch ends the game.
The Quaffle is released and the game begins!
Angelina Johnson scores! Ten points for Gryffindor!
Slytherin takes the Quaffle. Bletchley passes to Captain Marcus Flint.
Another 10 points to Gryffindor!
The clip Learning about Quidditch from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) with Sean Biggerstaff
Quidditch is easy to understand. Each team has seven players.
Three Chasers, two Beaters, one Keeper and a Seeker. That's you.
There are three kinds of balls. This one's called the Quaffle.
The Chasers handle the Quaffle and try to put it through one of those hoops.
The Keeper, that's me, defends the hoops. With me so far?
I think so. What are those?
You better take this.
Careful now, it's coming back.
Not bad, Potter. You'd make a fair Beater.
What was that?
Bludger. Nasty little buggers.
But you are a Seeker.
The clip Dobby's Infirmary Visit from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) with Daniel Radcliffe, Toby Jones
Time to kill.
Harry Potter should have listened to Dobby.
Harry Potter should have gone back home when he missed the train.
It was you. You stopped the barrier from letting Ron and me through.
Indeed. Yes, sir.
You nearly got Ron and me expelled. At least you would be away from here.
Harry Potter must go home.
Dobby thought his Bludger would be enough to make Harry Potter see
Your Bludger? You made that Bludger chase after me?
Dobby feels most aggrieved, sir.
Dobby had to iron his hands.
You better clear off before my bones come back, or I might strangle you.
Dobby is used to death threats, sir.
Dobby gets them five times a day at home.
I don't suppose you could tell me why you' re trying to kill me?
Not kill you, sir. Never kill you.
Dobby remembers how it was before Harry Potter triumphed
Over He Who Must Not Be Named.
We house elves were treated like vermin, sir.