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I Got 99 Problems, But a Snitch Ain’t One: Quidditch Cup From An Outsider’s Perspective

Jess Bender

I must confess, I’m not the biggest fan of Harry Potter–despite seeing the majority of the movies and my crush on ginger gentleman Rupert Grint. Nevertheless, I joined hundreds of other muggles at DeWitt Clinton Park on 11th Avenue over the weekend to experience the Quidditch World Cup.

Out of all of the sporting events I went to this year (which, I’ll be honest, is limited to two baseball games and watching the World Cup in London pubs), this was definitely one of the most innovative. 46 colleges and teams from across the U.S. and Canada congregated in Midtown West to compete, decked out in their finest Quidditch attire (UMass’s uniform said on the back, “Because Hogwarts didn’t accept FAFSA). The crowd was vast and varied, from diehard Potterheads to apathetic NYU hipsters, as well as curious minds like me who wanted to stay for one game but stuck around for the entire day. Saturday’s games were even capped off with a free performance from wizard rock gods Harry and the Potters. Talk about magical!

If you don’t know how one can possibly play Quidditch, a recent article in the Observer has got you covered. No, there’s no flying. Yes, there is a Snitch. Played by a person. Some snitches wear gold lamé leggings from American Apparel, and others flip seekers like ninjas. Come to think of it, there’s a whole lot of tackling from the Quidditch teams, although the Canadians were unsurprisingly mellow. Ambulances practically circled the park, and a good handful of players were wheeled off the field on stretchers. Who says that Quidditch isn’t badass?

Throughout the games, I kept texting my FCLC friends, saying, “Guys, we need to make Quidditch happen at Fordham.” They all agreed with me. Come on. If NYU can make a team in the span of a few weeks and with no real campus, we can definitely make Quidditch reality. We rarely use our plaza, so let’s put it to good use!  I’m sure there are more than a few of you interested in this idea, too. Let’s make Quidditch FCLC’s official sport (no offense to the Frisbee and Tae Kwon Doe clubs)!

For more photos of the event, check out the gallery published on the Washington Square News site.

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