Quidditch isn’t all flying broomsticks and magical snitches

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J.K. Rowling first introduced the sport of Quidditch to the world in 1997 in her book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Since then, the sport has been adapted for non-magical folk and is now played by thousands of muggles across the globe.

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But what is Quidditch? This article hopes to enlighten you about the sport of Quidditch and the club sport here at USF.

What is Quidditch? Quidditch is a sport played by seven players per team with the aim of the game to score more points than the other team. Each position wears a different headband and there are four balls in play at one time.

What positions are there? There is one seeker, three chasers, two beaters and one keeper. The seeker chases and catches the snitch to score points and end the game. The chasers score goals with the quaffle by throwing it or kicking it into the hoops. The beaters use bludgers to disrupt other players.

Does the snitch fly? Unfortunately, no. The snitch is a tennis ball inside a sock that is tucked into the snitch runner’s waistband. So you don’t have to worry about choking on a snitch in this game!

What is a snitch runner? A runner with the snitch attached to them. The snitch runner is released at the 18-minute mark and their goal is to avoid getting caught by the seekers. They can leave the field at any time and can even play pranks on other players!

What is the quaffle and the bludger? The quaffle is a volleyball used to score goals by throwing or kicking it into the hoops. The keepers and the chasers are the only ones allowed to use this ball. Chasers can also use this ball to block incoming bludgers. Bludgers are used by beaters to set back other players. When a player is hit with a bludger, they must drop any ball they are holding, return to his side and touch one of his goalposts before re-entering play.

Do players fly around on broomsticks? Players hold a broomstick in between their legs throughout the game but unfortunately they do not fly. So no Nimbus 2000’s.

How do you score points? There are two ways of scoring points. Firstly, throwing a quaffle through the hoops gets you 10 points. Secondly, catching the snitch gets you 30 points.

How do you win? The team with the most points when the snitch is caught, including the snitch’s 30 points, wins the game.

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So does USF have a team? Yes!

Can anyone join? Yes, the club is coed so it is open to all USF students!

When do they practice? The club practice Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 9:45 p.m at Sycamore Fields.

How do I join? Join here!

For more information on the Quidditch Club and USF Sport Clubs, visit our website.

By Huw Morgan-Baveystock, USF Sport Clubs Marketing Supervisor Intern

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