Quidditch as an NCAA Sport?
Quidditch Players Split on Future of Fantasy Game
Since college kids started playing a version of Quidditch at campuses across America, the pastime has reached a crossroads. Some students love the innocence of the game, while others seek to create an actual competitive league, with NCAA recognition.
Quidditch World Cup: It's (Sort Of) Real
The Quidditch World Cup is taking place in New York City from November 13-14, and will be attended by teams from 60 high schools and colleges. (International Quidditch Association rulebook)
At risk of sounding like haters, we must point out that Quidditch is a fantasy game that requires flying brooms and magical balls. It cannot actually be played in real life. Lobbying to have a real-world version of Quidditch recognized as a sport is a fantastic way to be made fun of.
Meanwhile, the NCAA stance is that a sport must have the support of 40 or more colleges in order for it to sponsor a national championship.
But just as Harry experienced growing pains, so has the "muggle" version of the game. (Muggle is the books' term for nonmagical people.) Some players want it to become more serious—with coaches, training and cuts to make the team. Others prefer to retain its innocence and inclusiveness, even for the un-athletic.
The game is "organized, but has a free spirit," says Kate Olen, a senior at Middlebury and its Quidditch commissioner. Initially, the game was more popular with Potter fanatics, but now, "more athletes are coming up," she says.