Harry Potter fans listen up: Quidditch for Muggles is a thing!
19.11.2016 – the Hamburg Werewolves succeed against the Portkeys Bremen.
2.30 pm, Stadtpark Hamburg, near the subway station Borgweg, the starting whistle for the Quidditch match of the Hamburg Werewolves against the Portkeys Bremen.
Both teams were extremely motivated and started the day with a joint training session at 11 am. But as soon as the match started all of the Beaters, Chasers and Keepers were eager to defend and tackle at their best and score the most points. In both games, the Seeker of the Hamburg Werewolves was able to catch the Snitch and win the match. (1st game 160*: 60, 2nd game 70*:80) [Ed.: The asterisk indicates which team caught the Snitch.]
It was my first ever game of Quidditch and I asked myself, since neither the balls nor the broomsticks can actually fly, how the hell is this supposed to work? But luckily some of the team members were so kind as to give me a brief overview of Muggle Quidditch:
Quidditch is a contact sport which is played in mixed-gender teams and combines elements of handball, rugby and dodgeball. It entered the “real” world in 2005, when students in Middlebury, USA, found a way to adapt the Harry Potter sport to a world in which brooms, sadly, can not fly. Since then, both the sport itself and the community have grown enormously.
All players must keep a broom between their legs during the entire game. Aerodynamically adapted to the sport and the safety requirements of the contact, these are generally light PVC rods. Each team sends seven players onto the field: three Hunters adjust the Quaffle (a volleyball) and try to throw it through one of the opposing team’s three rings to score 10 points. The Keeper defends the team’s own rings. Two Beaters play with Bludgers (Dodgeballs) which they throw after opposing players to “knock them out”. Each player who is hit by a bludger must get off their broom and not interfere with the game before touching the rings of his own team. The Seeker of the team is trying to catch the Snitch. The Snitch is an impartial, often very agile player, dressed in yellow and with a tennis ball in a sock attached to their waistband. If the Snitch is caught, the game ends and the successful Seeker wins 30 points for their team.
Of the seven players on the field, a maximum of five can identify with the same gender. In this way, players of any gender, whether inside or outside the binary, are welcome to play Quidditch.
The international Quidditch community is managed by the International Quidditch Association (IQA), which also organizes international Quidditch tournaments.
Thus, Germany has its own league and the Hamburg Werewolves, which were established only this year in July, are a fixed part of it.
And if you want be part of the whole Quidditch community, the Werewolves are very happy to welcome every new member. Try out out one of their training sessions during the week (5.30 pm) or on the weekend (11 am). For more information also check out their Facebook page, their Twitter or the official Quidditch websites:
Laura was listening to Bastille – Flaws while writing this article.