Saturday night, Nov. 12 at 8p.m. in Fred Selfe Stadium the Emory Activities Board will be hosting its once a semester Quidditch Tournament.
The event, which is open to all Emory & Henry College students, is free and provides all those participating with a complimentary T-shirt for their team/house.
“There will be free Butterbeer for players and the audience and we will be raffling shirts off for those in the audience,” said EAB President Jordan Christie.
In addition to these perks, those who attend the event will get first dibs for tickets to the midnight premiere of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” that EAB is hosting later this month. There are two theaters reserved for the event, according to Christie, but even with that many seats, tickets will go quickly. Signups for the tournament have been emailed to students so check your inboxes.
According to US Quidditch.org, “Quidditch is a co-ed contact sport with a unique mix of elements from rugby, dodgeball and tag. A quidditch team is made up of seven athletes who play with brooms between their legs at all times.”
In the game there are four teams for the four Hogwarts houses in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series. It is a game that has risen in popularity on college campuses across America in the past few years with the 2017 US Quidditch Cup being played on April 7 & 8, 2017, in Kissimmee, Florida as the tenth annual iteration of the event. US Quidditch.org describes the game as one that “can appear chaotic to the casual observer, once familiar with the basic rules, quidditch is an exciting sport to watch and even more exciting to play.”
– Ethan King