Kansas Quidditch!

In the world of Harry Potter the game of Quidditch is the coolest sport around. We muggles, (non-magical folk) have adapted the sport so we can play- In the United States alone there are over 800 teams associated with the International Quidditch Association. My dad and I went to the Kansas Quidditch Tournament this past Saturday, Oct. 20th- and had a blast. It was very entertaining- wish we could have stayed for the whole thing!

In J.K. Rowling’s novels, Quidditch is played by two teams of seven, one one team is a keeper, three chasers, two beaters and a seeker. Four balls are in play- the quaffle, which is the ball used by the chasers to score 10 points per direct shot through one of the three hoops high up in the air, then the two bludgers which are hit by the beaters with clubs toward the all seven members of the oposition to try to unseat them/block them from making shots, etc. Finally there is the snitch, which is a small ball with enchanted wings that carry it around the pitch of it’s own accord. The seeker must find and retreive this ball, which earns his or her team 150 points and ends the game.

In our adapted, non-fiction version of the sport a person plays the golden snitch and similar rules to flag football come into play as the seekers must try to retrieve the sock. In this game we watched the snitch run across the field, complete a cartwheel, and keep running into the parking lot and he didn’t come back for about ten minutes. When he came back I captured this hilarious video of the rest of the match:

Shot of the game:

This crazy shot was captured right before the player in the air got injured. I think he just had the wind knocked out of him, and thankfully he was okay! Just goes to show how rough a sport it can be!:

This sign made me giggle:

More of the action:

Can’t wait for the next match/tournament in this area! 🙂

Check out the official fun here: http://www.internationalquidditch.org/

and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quidditch

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