ESPN Feature on Quidditch

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Jul 22, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

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 ESPN.com. 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.”





83 Responses to ESPN Feature on Quidditch

Avatar Imageemdash84 says: VERY impressive. :) My favorite part... the human golden snitch, I would LOVE to see that! lol.Avatar Imageslwarren says: Fantastic! How creative these college students are!Avatar Imageiceymoon says: haha, the university i want to go (UW) to has a quidditch team? i may just get to watch a match someday :3Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: This is so cool. I would play -- except that I am a complete klutz. Avatar Imagenicolek77 says: My alma mater (Boston University) has a team. I'm so jealous! http://www.bu.edu/today/arts-entertainment/2008/11/12/not-harry-potter-not-problemAvatar ImageClaireM says: I'd love to see some muggle Quidditch. I think I'm going to have to have a look see about England. See if I can find any teams.Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: very coolAvatar Imageliv-wa says: This is infinitely awesome! Avatar ImageSirius B says: this is great - wish we had HP when I was in college and young and in shape so I coulda played, great creativity to adapt it to non flying. to bad they can't comeup with a way to tie the brooms to their legs and a computerized flying snitchAvatar ImageVerity Weasley says: I would love to see ESPN (or another channel) do a video feature on Quidditch. I've seen snippets of it, but I'd love to see more.Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: That is so cool! I want to watch a game sometime. I live in a college town, so hopefully this university will get a team soon!Avatar Imagesirius17 says: I hope my college has quidditch!Avatar Imageauror_in_training says: I LOVE THIS!! I wish my college had a Quidditch team!Avatar ImageSusiePuff says: Ahhhh, Kori goes to LSU, my college, and he's one of my good friends. :] Our team rotates positions so everyone gets a chance to play Keeper, Beater, Chaser, and Seeker.Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: I didn't read it all!!! but it is Great!!! It will be a little weird... mmm... Avatar Imageharrypottergirlll says: oh my god that is amazing!!!!! great great guys!!!Avatar ImagePeaceChaser says: Interesting it kinda sound s like all games mushed into oneAvatar Imagesianletley says: Cool!Avatar ImageTheGoldenSeeker says: i've found my calling in life!! Professional Snitch!! Haha!Avatar ImageAwakened says: I'm hoping so much that my college has Quidditch!Avatar ImageParkinsonpansy says: haha thats funny i might watch the sports channels if they include quidditch Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: We play family friendly Quidditch on a weekly basis in metro Phoenix. We use a Gator Grip ball as Quaffle, Hi Li scoops as Beater's Bats, Poof/Nerf balls as Bludgers and a marked Zoom-O flying disc as Snitch.Avatar ImageJewunit says: Wow just wow Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: i wish my collage was cool id do this in a instantAvatar ImageNot Slytherin says: This is hilarious. I would love to watch a game!Avatar ImageFloridianFlounder95 says: Awesomeness! I like Water Quidditch more though. :PAvatar Imageswimman22 says: that would be so much funAvatar Imagegingersnap188 says: sign me up for chaser any day!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Tons of fun...Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: Wow! This just shows how much of an impact Jo has made on us. HER SPORT IS NOW REAL!!Avatar ImageBellamont says: Ah quidditch, I'm thinking of setting up a team at my community college to go up against the bigger universities that are nearby (Michigan, Eastern Michigan). It would be funny to have a league for that area considering how many Universities and colleges are in the area. ^^Avatar Imageccking says: this would be sooo awesome !!!Avatar ImageSeVeRuS3 says: ok could you just see it if in a harry potter book they had harry and the weasleys stumble across a muggle quidditch game they would laugh ther arses off at this haha i would SOOOOO play and watch hahaAvatar ImagePhylis says: I bet that is quite the sight! Would be fun to watch.Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: Ive already saw a game played. I saw it somewhere online. It was funny the "snitch" fell on the ground and was rolling around with the seekers. It was a while back though. Id love to be able to play. Avatar Imagegeneliz says: i love it! this is so awesome.Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: yesssss quidditch! so great! :DAvatar Imagefngw417 says: The Power of Potter Strikes again! Amazingly funny indeed. Looks like tremendous fun!Avatar Imagejediofthelost says: Well Well Well looks like muggle are finally getting the idea of a fun and dangerous sport to play. Way To Go Muggles!!!Avatar ImageTheWanderer244155 says: Can't wait for college!Avatar Imagebookishgal says: What a great piece about a great idea.Avatar Imagecselvig says: I wish I was still in college so I could start a team! so fun!Avatar Imagechanman says: Haha that is the best! Avatar Imagegot2lovme says: wow didn't even think someone would actually try to do something like that.Avatar ImageHufflepuffler says: Haaahaha, brilliant!Avatar ImageAHPfan says: coool...sometimes muggles can match wizards ;)Avatar ImageBoyWithALightningScar says: 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.Avatar ImageShalanarah says: i admire these guys so! they're bold and awesome! i wish i could play!Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Great! haha! I think I'd be more a spectator then a player though! :DAvatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: awesum lolz!Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: I would love to play!Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: This is so great! I'd like to see the next one & would definitely pay for admission.Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: LOL! now if only these muggles can figure out how to fly!Avatar ImageBroomsnitch says: It's about time Quidditch appeared on ESPN!Avatar ImageGTHunter says: this looks really awesome!!!Avatar Imagemandagale says: 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...Avatar Imagemuggleslovemagick says: 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!Avatar Imagehermionenluna says: omg that's awesome!!Avatar Imagemaddison says: I love Qudditich scenes , and I really loved the scenes in the half blood prince , I think Harry is a great captain!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: 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!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: 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!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: 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!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: 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!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: 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!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: 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!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: 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!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: 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!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: 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!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: 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!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: 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!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: 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!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: 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!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: 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!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: 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!Avatar ImageAelaeras says: What if Quidditch became an international sport? =DAvatar ImageAlice Weasley says: I don't think my college has Quidditch, but my friend and I did see a car with a "Texas Quidditch" bumper sticker once! Too bad I'm about to graduate and can't start a team...Avatar ImageAngelasCrochetingCorner says: Very creative!!! Avatar Imagebcousino says: this is so cool Avatar ImageR-for-H says: Very cool exciting stuff!Avatar ImageR-for-H says: Very cool exciting stuff!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: awesome, i wish they had this at my collegeAvatar ImageSindi says: WOW this is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Avatar ImageSindi says: I <3 it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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