The rumors have been “flying” around campus: Is Belmont starting its own Quidditch team? Or not? Kate Waters and Kelly Harlan, creators of the Belmont Quidditch Facebook group, clear up the rumors for all curious Muggles.
Not familiar with the sport called Quidditch? If not, you have some serious catching up to do. Quidditch is the fictional game played in the popular “Harry Potter” series. But what does that have to do with Belmont’s campus?
“I decided to form the Quidditch team because the frisbee team had been disbanded,” explained Waters, who was the first to propose that Belmont have its own Quidditch team.
“Also, it’s an easy way to meet fun people who love Harry Potter.”
“Muggle Quidditch” plays out like a mix of lacrosse and dodgeball, with three to four members acting as “chasers,” scoring points by throwing the ball (the “Quaffle”) through one of the opponent’s goals, guarded by a “keeper.” Also attempting to prevent goals are “beaters,” who attempt to hit chasers with balls known as “bludgers.” Each goal scored is 15 points, and the game ends when the “seeker” captures the “snitch,” usually a neutral player roaming off the playing field, earning his or her team 150 points.
The team has not been given the official green light from Student Affairs, but students are already teaming up on a Facebook group, which has attracted the attention of more than 150 Belmont students.
“We wanted to create a Facebook group before we moved forward, to see how many people – if anyone – would be interested in having our own team on campus,” Harlan said.
More than 200 schools have joined the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association, which was founded at Middlebury College in Vermont. Several local schools are listed as having clubs for the fantasy intramural game, including Vanderbilt and University of Tennessee.
“I would love to just start now, but realistically thinking we probably will start practicing by the end of the semester when it starts getting warmer, and hopefully be competing in the fall,” Harlan said.
As for now, the group members hope to get a fundraiser together to purchase team equipment, the most vital item of course being broomsticks.
“I really can’t think of a better way to work out. There will be lots of running around. Plus, if Frisbee has become a little boring, this is the perfect next step,” Waters said.