All the cool kids play Quidditch
BY MONICA CRAWFORD DECEMBER 19, 2014
Did you hear about that awesome Quidditch match last week? Rose’s seeker found the snitch to win the grueling match against Conley and advance to the High School Quidditch World Cup that will take place over Christmas break. It was really great; you really should have been there.
Just kidding, there wasn’t really a Quidditch match last week, but I really wish there was. Imagine how incredible that would be. I can’t think of anything better than watching a bunch of Harry Potter nerds running around with broomsticks between their legs and throwing balls into hoops.
For those of you who don’t know (gosh darn you silly muggles) Quidditch is the sport played in the Wizarding World created by author J.K. Rowling. In the game, there are seven players on each team who fly on broomsticks and try to throw a dodgeball sized ball into one of three raised hoops. This sounds pretty easy right? Actually no. While the seven players are flying around, the players on the team called beaters use bats to hit metal balls at players on the opposing team. To top it off, the player on the team called the seeker is supposed to fly around and look for a tiny golden ball with wings called the snitch that is extremely hard to catch. The seeker catches the snitch to end the game and score 150 points for his or her team.
Now obviously if Rose started a Quidditch team, we wouldn’t exactly be able to fly around on broomsticks, but don’t fret because our fellow Potterheads at Middlebury College in Vermont created a version of Quidditch that can be played by those of us who are not fortunate enough to attend Hogwarts. Since this version of Quidditch was created in 2005, it has skyrocketed in popularity. Thousands of intramural Quidditch teams have been formed at colleges and universities, and every college that I have toured has bragged excessively about the fact that their school has a Quidditch team.
Whether you are a Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin, we are all Rampants, and I think it’s time that we take Rose athletics to a new and magical level. As the lacrosse players walk around with their lacrosse sticks, we’ll walk around with our broomsticks. As the baseball players show off their fancy baseball jackets, we’ll wow the crowd with our blue and green Quidditch cloaks. As the football players celebrate the six or seven points they get from scoring the game winning touchdown, we’ll celebrate the 150 we get from catching the golden snitch.
So, if anyone agrees with me that Rose desperately needs a Quidditch team, go ahead and send me a letter via Owl Post. On the other hand, if anyone is sitting there thinking, “this girl is so weird. Quidditch isn’t even a real sport,” then I’ve got one thing to say to you: Avada Kedavra.