A quick overview of quidditch


Quidditch is a co-ed, full contact sport that combines elements of handball, rugby and dodgeball. It entered the real world in 2005 when students in Middlebury, US, found a way to adapt the Harry Potter sport to a universe where brooms don't fly. Since then both the sport and the community has grown immensely.

Players have to carry a broom between their legs at all times. Meeting all aerodynamic and safety demands a full-contact sport could have, these brooms are mostly light PVC pipes. Each team fields seven players: Three chasers pass the quaffle (a volleyball) and try to score through one of opposing team's three goal hoops, winning 10 points per goal. The keeper guards their own hoops. Two beaters handle bludgers (dodgeballs) which they throw at opposing players to "knock them out." Any player hit by a bludger has to dismount their broom and is out of the game until they touched their own hoops. The team's seeker tries to catch the snitch. The snitch is a neutral, very agile player dressed in yellow with a tennis ball in a sock attached to their waistband and the sole mission to avoid capture. If the snitch is caught, i.e. the sock removed, the game ends and the successful seeker is awarded 30 points.

Of the even players on the pitch no more than four can identify with the same gender. In this way, players of all genders, whether they fall within the binary system or not, are welcome to play quidditch.

The international quidditch community is governed by the International Quidditch Association (IQA) which also organizes the international quidditch tournaments.

Pictures: Van Klaveren Quidditch Photography