​Quidditch, the sport of wizards

Alex Browne and Missy Sponagle admit the broom thing takes some getting used to.

Not so dumb after all. We like to pump up the crowd.”

“Quidditch has exploded into the college scene and the high school scene all over the world,” said one girl. It’s coming!”

“I can give her an assist; she can score a goal off my pass,” said Browne. “I will be right at the front of the queue wanting to see Quidditch,” she said. Anna Werner attended last year’s contest, where she saw an author’s imaginary game come to life:

“Yeah, that’s actually not too far off. Snatching that “Snitch sock” still ends the game, but getting hold of it can be a real challenge.

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“You know, why do you have to dribble a basketball?” replied Browne. “We were freshman. In the movie “The Internship,” Quidditch is a game that’s played for laughs.

He also addressed an obvious concern: “I think everyone recommends wearing a cup, and no one does.”

And does he enjoy it? “Yeah, you know, it’s therapeutic!” he laughed.

Who would have thought this sport would catch on? Well, even before any of the eight blockbuster Harry Potter movies were made, author J.K. Rowling was ready to line up. Eleven years later, the game is played by thousands of athletes all over the world, although players are often asked some unusual questions, like “What is the snitch? ” “Do you wear a cape?” “How do you fly?” “Do you really use brooms?”

The documentary introduces Alex Benepe, one of the founders of Quidditch. But it’s one of those things — you can’t fight it. This is gonna be so dumb!'”


Thousands are playing an earthbound version of the game introduced by Harry Potter – and broomsticks are still a necessity.

What does the future hold for the fastest-growing sport based on a fantasy series filled with wizards and magic wands? With a little help from the Quidditch Referee of the Year, Alex Scheer, Quidditch is going pro.

So, is there a personality type for Snitches?. “Because I’ve seen this in my head for so many years, and actually that’s the one bit I REALLY want to see!”

Yes, real-world Quidditch, complete with players “riding” broomsticks.

It’s been nearly 20 years since the first Harry Potter book came out and proceeded to cast a spell over fans around the world. J.K. “We like to do a lot of fun stuff. Dignified rodeo clown!”

Then there’s the role of that little golden ball with wings, called the Snitch. And they try to ignore it and block it out. Catch it, and you end the game! But in real-life Quidditch, snitches are yellow people.

“I am working with a group of individuals on starting the first professional Quidditch league,” Scheer said.

Even with all these undeniable displays of athleticism, Quidditch still doesn’t get much respect. “It’s absolutely amazing!”

“There are sports that are socially acceptable,” said Browne. He’s been playing since 2005, when a classmate at Middlebury College turned to him with an idea: “‘This weekend, we’re gonna try and play real-life Quidditch,'” Benepe recalled. It’s really cool!”

Earthbound Quidditch still has hoops and balls. Sadly, players can’t fly. “It’s awesome. “They try to fight it. Instead, they simply hold a broomstick between their legs. Rowling’s creation became the most popular book series in publishing history, with over 450 million copies sold — and one of the biggest movie franchises in film history, with nearly $8 billion in ticket sales.


It’s even been the subject of a documentary called “Mudbloods” (a Harry Potter reference, of course).

“Usually extroverted,” said Brian. And I just thought to myself, ‘There’s no way this is gonna work. “And for whatever reason, Quidditch isn’t socially acceptable yet.”

And yes, there will be Quidditch trading cards!

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“A little bit like a rodeo clown?”

So what is the point of having the broom between your legs, if you can’t fly?

And now Potter-mania has spawned another craze, one based on the high-flying fantasy game played by Harry and his friends called Quidditch, which has now jumped from the world of wizards to the playing fields of Rock Hill, South Carolina.

“People get passionate about it because they grew up with Harry Potter,” said one fan.

Dignified? Note the ball in a sock hanging off each butt. But he and his girlfriend, Missy, claim since it’s co-ed, Quidditch is great for couples.

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“My specialty is throwing and tossing [players],” said Nathan.

Quidditch, anyone? No idle question in Columbia, South Carolina, where a big championship match is underway this weekend. “‘Cause someone invented the sport and said, ‘You’ve gotta dribble a basketball.’ Why do you have to have a broom between your legs for this? Because it’s Quidditch!”

The movie laid out the game, with its wizards on broomsticks (“It had to be on broomsticks, it just had to be,” Rowling reasoned), and giant hoops for goals.


Chasers try to score in a Quidditch match.

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“You get a lot of people who resist Quidditch,” said Scheer