Snitch, Quaffle and Bludger

Jan 27

A student at the University of Nottingham has set up a Quidditch team, taking inspiration from the wizards game in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter books.

For those that are unfamiliar with the game, there are 7 players, 4 balls and 3 scoring hoops involved. Three of the players are chasers who throw one of the balls (a quaffle) through the hoops to score a point.  Each team has a keeper to guard their hoops. Two players (beaters) have the more violent job of beating two balls (bludgers) at players of the opposing team. The seventh player is the seeker who has to chase after a small golden ball (a snitch) to end the game and score 150 points.

This doesn’t sound too difficult, but what I haven’t mentioned is that in the books, matches are played 100 metres in the air on flying broomsticks.

However, although there is no magic involved in the real-world ‘Muggle’ version, club founder George Carter says that they stick to the original rules as much as possible:

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George first set up the team after watching students at universities in America play the sport. He set up a Facebook groups a month ago and it already has 150 members.

The team have not yet been affiliated with the Students’ Union as a recognised university sports team, but George hopes that in a few years time there may be some more serious tournaments:

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