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ESPN Feature on Quidditch

Posted by: sue
July 22, 2009, 04:46 PM

It would seem some curious fellows from the world of Muggle sport have taken an interest in our own magical sport of Quidditch, as witnessed today by a new feature on The article recaps information about the Intercollegiate Quidditch World Cup held last fall at Middlebury College, and marvels on the game that is now widely played on many college campuses (There won't be any flying -- damn gravity! -- but there will be broomsticks, held between the legs while running, bludgers ("I'll teach you to try to score!" Whack!) and even a snitch (only the flying golden ball is replaced by a fast guy or gal clad in gold with a tennis ball in a sock stuck in his or her waistband). ESPN also interviews several players from nd  Uof W and from LSU as well as Alex Benepe who drew up a 39 page Intercollegiate Quidditch Rule and Guide Book.

"Benepe, 22, is from the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was a varsity distance runner in high school, and during his freshman year at Middlebury he was on the crew team. "I didn't like the way that a major sport eats up your life at college without allowing much time for creativity," he says, explaining why he stopped doing crew, "so I got on board with developing Quidditch in order to combine creativity and sports."

"During the peak of the fall season, I was probably spending 30 hours per week making preparations for the World Cup," he wrote in an e-mail."We had to secure the use of a field, and spray down the markings using field paint," Benepe says later, by phone. "We had to rent bleachers from the college and arrange for band boxes, and get sound equipment. I arranged for catering, to give some free food to people. The Vermont Institute of Natural Science brought owls. I arranged for student bands to play between games."

Many of the teams had to overcome initial resistance from the Universities. Alicia Radford of UofW says of her teams involvement:

"It was tough. We thought we had a sponsorship deal, but that fell through," Radford says. "We hosted a benefit concert/party and sold Quidditch club T-shirts, which helped, but mostly we paid for it out of our own pockets. I ended up fronting a lot of the costs to get our seats on the planes reserved, and for the next month everyone paid me back." Kori Leporte from Louisianna State told ESPN:The school actually refused to give us any aid as far as funding the trip went," Lopreore writes in an e-mail, "possibly because the reputation of the club was so questionable at the time." "Even though the trip ended up being personally costly, every single player admitted it was well worth the investment," Lopreore says, "and now that we're the fourth-ranked team in the world, we're hoping to squeeze a little money out of the school for next year's Cup."

"I think Harry Potter gives it the initial hook, but the quality of game really gets people hooked because it's really fun to play," Benepe says. And though it took a lot of work to put the World Cup together, Benepe says, the benefit far outweighed the cost.

"Oh yeah, it was totally worth it," he says. "I definitely enjoyed it. I love Middlebury and my classes there, but doing something on your own that you dream up, all the way from brainstorming to seeing it actually happen, is a very rewarding feeling."

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1459 Points

Ah quidditch, I’m thinking of setting up a team at my community college to go up against the bigger universities that are nearby (Michigan, Eastern Michigan). It would be funny to have a league for that area considering how many Universities and colleges are in the area. ^^

Posted by Bellamount on July 22, 2009, 10:14 PM report to moderator
3526 Points

this would be sooo awesome !!!

Posted by DesQueJteVois on July 22, 2009, 10:25 PM report to moderator
6165 Points

ok could you just see it if in a harry potter book they had harry and the weasleys stumble across a muggle quidditch game they would laugh ther arses off at this haha

i would SOOOOO play and watch haha

Posted by SeVeRuS<3 ツ [ITC] on July 22, 2009, 10:26 PM report to moderator
281 Points

I bet that is quite the sight! Would be fun to watch.

Posted by Phylis {ROAR} on July 22, 2009, 10:35 PM report to moderator
16258 Points

Ive already saw a game played. I saw it somewhere online. It was funny the “snitch” fell on the ground and was rolling around with the seekers. It was a while back though. Id love to be able to play.

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on July 22, 2009, 10:39 PM report to moderator
1359 Points

i love it! this is so awesome.

Posted by g-g-gena; wbm! on July 22, 2009, 10:44 PM report to moderator
4151 Points

yesssss quidditch! so great! :D

Posted by mai {beatnik owl} on July 22, 2009, 10:46 PM report to moderator
88 Points

The Power of Potter Strikes again! Amazingly funny indeed. Looks like tremendous fun!

Posted by fngw417 on July 22, 2009, 10:47 PM report to moderator
2707 Points

Well Well Well looks like muggle are finally getting the idea of a fun and dangerous sport to play. Way To Go Muggles!!!

Posted by jediofthelost on July 22, 2009, 11:16 PM report to moderator
1311 Points

Can’t wait for college!

Posted by ~^%^~TheWanderer~^%^~ [{ROAR!}] on July 22, 2009, 11:25 PM report to moderator
2404 Points

What a great piece about a great idea.

Posted by bookishgal,OoM3,GS on July 23, 2009, 12:25 AM report to moderator
30 Points

I wish I was still in college so I could start a team! so fun!

Posted by Caroline on July 23, 2009, 12:35 AM report to moderator
106 Points

Haha that is the best!

Posted by chanman on July 23, 2009, 12:51 AM report to moderator
312 Points

wow didn’t even think someone would actually try to do something like that.

Posted by got2lovme on July 23, 2009, 12:57 AM report to moderator
161 Points

Haaahaha, brilliant!

Posted by Hufflepuffler on July 23, 2009, 01:42 AM report to moderator
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