This is a post on Quidditch!
At first, I was like, should I do a post on a boardgame called Chess or a magical sport played on flying broomsticks with flying Quaffles, Bludgers, Snitches, and hoops?
The answer was pretty clear.
So, for those who do not know, Quidditch is a sport of Harry Potter. You don’t really have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy the sport. J.K. Rowling developed a fantastic sport that many enjoy and try to imitate.
What is Quidditch? What Positions are There?
Quidditch is a fictional magical sport played on brooms. There are three people who take a leather ball called the Quaffle and try to put it through three hoops on the other teams end. This is basically how you score. These three people on each team are called Chasers. The Keeper flies his broom in front of the hoops and defends them.
Two players called Beaters use heavy bats to bat two balls called Bludgers. The Bludgers are heavy and try to knock the play off his/her broom.
Lastly, there is the Seeker. The Seeker on each team tries to catch a tiny, elusive golden ball called a Snitch. The one who catches the Snitch wins his/her team 150 points and ends the game, so the team that catches the Snitch almost always wins.
What Quidditch Teams are There?
In a separate book from the Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling lists the Quidditch teams of the Wizarding world of Harry Potter. Here’s a list of the teams:
- Appleby Arrows
- Ballycastle Bats
- Banchory Bangers
- Caerphilly Catapults
- Chudley Cannons
- Falmouth Falcons
- Holyhead Harpies
- Kenmare Kestrels
- Montrose Magpies
- Pride of Portree
- Puddlemere United
- Tutshill Tornadoes
- Wigtown Wanderers
- Wimbourne Wasps
As you may have noticed, there is quite a lot of alliteration in names haha.
Is it possible to play Quidditch without Magic?
The answer to this is a half yes. A form of non-magical Quidditch has taken form, but it is very different than magical Quidditch. The Snitch, instead of being a fluttering ball, is actually a person! The Seekers have to tackle this person instead of catching a ball.
Bludger’s roles are different too. Usually the tactic is not to knock someone off their broom but to hit them, in which they have to sit out for a few seconds.
The players even have to have brooms between their legs! XD
Some nice photos like this one on the internet make it look like they’re flying. Haha, one day maybe…
Is Quidditch Popular?
Quite, since Harry Potter is popular. While non-magical Quidditch is much less popular, some major universities and colleges do have Quidditch teams. J.K. Rowling as an author of Harry Potter perhaps did not intend for Quidditch to become a non-magical sport, but in the end, Quidditch was a sport that many took a liking to.