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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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60 Points

coool…sometimes muggles can match wizards ;)

Posted by AHPfan on July 23, 2009, 02:26 AM report to moderator
4608 Points

Very nice. I can’t wait for Quidditch to be an internationally played and respected sport. Then we could all attend a real Quidditch World Cup.

Posted by Boy With A Lightning Scar on July 23, 2009, 04:15 AM report to moderator
153 Points

i admire these guys so! they’re bold and awesome! i wish i could play!

Posted by Shalanarah on July 23, 2009, 06:20 AM report to moderator
4024 Points

Great! haha!

I think I’d be more a spectator then a player though! :D

4452 Points

awesum lolz!

872 Points

I would love to play!

Posted by Heavenly_Horcrux on July 23, 2009, 09:31 AM report to moderator
2417 Points

This is so great! I’d like to see the next one & would definitely pay for admission.

Posted by Hagrid 713 (ROAR) on July 23, 2009, 10:57 AM report to moderator
6690 Points

LOL! now if only these muggles can figure out how to fly!

182 Points

It’s about time Quidditch appeared on ESPN!

Posted by Broomsnitch on July 23, 2009, 11:43 AM report to moderator
13757 Points

this looks really awesome!!!

Posted by GTHunter [FTC!] on July 23, 2009, 01:21 PM report to moderator
5577 Points

I’m not much of an athlete, so the only way this quidditch could be better is if you could really fly on the brooms. I’d for sure be in the stands rooting on my house team, tho. Very creative…

Posted by mandagale on July 23, 2009, 03:51 PM report to moderator
67 Points

I saw a news clip about last years World Cup on a tv in McDonalds and made everyone I was with stay an extra ten minutes so that I could finish it! It looked awesome!

Posted by muggleslovemagick on July 23, 2009, 04:51 PM report to moderator
5180 Points

omg that’s awesome!!

Posted by hermionenluna TZS ROAR! on July 23, 2009, 04:58 PM report to moderator
2234 Points

I love Qudditich scenes , and I really loved the scenes in the half blood prince , I think Harry is a great captain!

Posted by maddison R-O-A-R on July 24, 2009, 04:15 AM report to moderator
45213 Points

This is awesome! I ould really seeing this becoming a college pastime in many places.
Can we get scholorships (sp?) for this? That would be awesome! Very cool idead. Thumbs up to all who made this happen!

Posted by You Know Stew [ROAR!] on July 24, 2009, 10:42 AM report to moderator
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