Quidditch: How This Fictional Sport Became A Thing In Real Life

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, there’s a high chance you’re already familiar with the game called Quidditch. For Potterheads, this fictional sport is just one of the many things that make the wizarding world of Hogwarts even more spectacular.

From magical flying broomsticks to aggressive winged balls, there are a ton of elements that make this game truly enchanting. However, would you believe it if we said that Quidditch has now overcome the fictional barrier and has now evolved into a true-to-life sports activity?

Before you knock it as a joke, we have rounded up all the necessary information that will help you become familiar with the real-world adaptation of the sport. Continue reading to learn about Quidditch as it is played in the real world. 

Quidditch in Real Life
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Quidditch In Real Life: How It Came To Be 

Obviously, the birth of Quidditch as a real-life sport was inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Interestingly, its history can be traced to 2005, when students from the Middlebury College in Vermont were allowed to adapt the said sport into reality and create their own rules. 

From there, transitioning from fiction to reality, the game became a mixture of basketball and rugby, with elements of hockey and dodgeball. Instead of flying broomsticks and aggressive winged balls, the equipment was replaced by normal balls and brooms.

Soon enough, the game became an instant hit that it was later adapted into an intramural sport. As the year went by, it gained even more momentum and even led to the formation of the first Quidditch World Cup in 2007. 

To date, many colleges across the United States and Canada, as well as France and Finland, practice this fiction-inspired sport. Further, many believe that its popularity will continue to grow even more. 

Quidditch In Hogwarts VS. Quidditch In Real life 

Naturally, since the inspiration of the sports was set in a fictional world, translating it into a real-life activity means adapting the “magic” part. This, of course, included removing the use of flying broomsticks and winged balls that magically move on their own. To make up for these lost, players of the game use five different balls, which consist of a volleyball, three dodgeballs, and a tennis ball. 

Mimicking the original version, the volleyball takes on the role of the Quaffle, which is used by players to score points and block other teams from gaining them. Meanwhile, the dodgeballs act as the Bludgers, which are used to temporarily eliminate opposing players. And finally, the tennis ball serves as the Snitch, the golden ball that must be seized to end the game. 

As part of the rules, players are required to have a broom between their legs while playing the game at all times. Moreover, each participating team is required to have 7 players, which consist of 3 chasers, 2 beaters, one keeper, and one seeker.   

Similar to how the fictional game works, the chaser works by moving the volleyball down the field and scoring by either throwing or kicking the ball straight into the opposing team’s goal hoop. For every successful throws or kick, an equivalent score of 30 points will be given to the team of the successful chaser. 

On the other hand, the beaters are responsible for temporarily eliminating members of the opposing team by throwing the dodgeballs toward them. Once hit, players must touch their team’s hoop in order to get back into the game. 

Meanwhile, as the name suggests, keepers act as the guards that simply try to prevent the other team from scoring by guarding their team’s hoops. 

Lastly, seekers are those that carry the responsibility of determining the snitch player and seizing the snitch (tennis ball) from them in order to end the game and earn a total of 30 points. 

As part of the game, players can also receive a yellow card, which will force them to spend a minute in the penalty box. They can also receive a red card, which will ultimately eliminate them from the rest of the game. 

With its introduction into the real-life domain, Quidditch is also often called Muggle Quidditch, implying its lack of magic use. 

Brooms up Quidditch
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Conclusion 

Surprised to know about the real-life practice of Quidditch? The rise of this fictional sport into a real-life activity is no doubt one of the biggest pieces of news in the sports industry. Potterhead or not, Quidditch is sure to bring out the inner athlete in anyone who dares to enter the open field. 

What do you think about the game?