…but, I’m so tired you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out more.
Here is the delayed post:
In Harry Potter’s wizarding world Quidditch is a sport played on broomsticks.
It consists of teams of seven people: a Keeper, who tries to prevent a ball called the Quaffle entering the three hoops their end of the pitch, three Chasers who aim to get the Quaffle past the opposing Keeper, two beaters who carry bats to whack a ball called the Bludger with the aim of unseating opponents (or protecting their own), and a Seeker who tries to catch the fastest of the three balls, the Golden Snitch.
All in all it sounds like a fairly dangerous game, and the injuries Harry alone gets in the books shows it isn’t for the faint hearted.
Like Muggle football, bad feeling can spread between supporters of teams too. Hermione, as always, is accurate in her assessment in the scene below. (Image via Google Books).
Violence among sports fans or teams is not something that should be condoned, competition is part of life and to be expected, but shaking hands and congratulating the winners at the end of a game should become the norm.
Of course Muggles have adopted Quidditch and, because of our lack of magic, now run around with broomsticks between their legs, use softballs instead of bludgers and the snitch is a person with a tennis ball dangling behind them waiting to be grabbed.
I’ve only managed to catch a brief snippet of a game at LeakyCon but I don’t think this is a game that can be taken all that seriously in terms of unfriendly competition.
Have you been to a Muggle Quidditch game, how was the interaction on and off the pitch?
Have you ever avoided attending Muggle sports because of fear of violence?