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Quidditch takes over the Triangle

Posted November 21, 2010
Updated November 22, 2010

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— North Carolina State University hosted a tournament on Sunday featuring a game made famous in the wizardly world of Harry Potter.

N.C. State, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and UNC Greensboro competed in the Tobacco Road Quidditch Cup.

Quidditch is like soccer, rugby, kickball and football all rolled into one, but unlike the Harry Potter version, participants don’t fly around on brooms.

“I wish I could fly, but if I can run fast enough, you never know, I might create some lift,” said Daniel Smider, of the N.C. State Quidditch team.

The goal of Quidditch is to get a deflated volleyball, also known as a Quaffle, through any of the other team’s hoops.

Another way to get points is to catch a snitch, which is a golden ball with wings. But since this version of Quidditch has no flying objects, a little improvising is necessary.

“It is in fact, a guy dressed in yellow with a sock hanging out of the back of his shorts,” Smider said.

Quidditch takes stamina, so the teams train for matches.

“It’s a lot of physicality every week,” Duke Quidditch player Chloe Rockow said. “We kind of beat each other up, but not being afraid to tackle.”

The players admit that their teams are part Harry Potter Fan Club and part athletic prowess.

“We all went to the midnight premiere this past Thursday (of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”,” Rockow said.

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“I argue the legitimacy of Quidditch as a sport,” N.C. State Quidditch player Rob Nunley said.

Smiders said he doesn’t worry about looking silly.

“It doesn’t matter because we all have brooms between our legs,” he said.

N.C. State defeated Duke in the finals to win the Golden Snitch Trophy on Sunday.

Nearly 300 U.S. colleges and universities have Quidditch teams. They are all part of the International Quidditch Association.


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  • Justin T. Nov 22, 2010

    I, for one, am pulling for the Ravenclaw house. I hope the Slytherin seeker is disqualified, too.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 22, 2010

    Its like Revenge of the Nerds.

  • lauraleigh Nov 22, 2010

    What FUN!!! I'm glad to see that the uberserious scholars have some humor left. :)

    WRAL needs to publicize the next tourney ahead of time. I'd love to go!

  • SomeRandomGuy Nov 22, 2010

    My daughter is on UNCG's team, and Hater, it was HILARIOUS to watch.

  • Killian Nov 22, 2010

    Why wasn't this publicized ahead of time?? I would love to have gone and photographed this.

  • Hater like Darth Vader Nov 22, 2010

    HAHAHA, this is pretty funny.