Student Activities Board to host Harry Potter style sport
BY STEPHAN BROWN
On Friday, Nov. 13 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on the lacrosse field behind the Applied Sciences building, Student Activities Board will be hosting Schoolcraft’s first ever Muggle Quidditch tournament. Students will be able to sign-up for this magical event in the Student Activities Office for the price of $10. The price covers the player’s House shirt and refreshments. House choices are first come-first serve.
For those unfamiliar with Muggle (a person who possess no magical ability), Quidditch is the game of “Quidditch” from the Harry Potter franchise redefined to allow for regular people to play. Muggles are ordinary, sad creatures incapable of grasping magic and flying on broomsticks as is played in the typical game defined in the books. Thus, changes are necessary. There are plenty of Harry Potter fans around campus, so the demand for Muggle Quidditch is high.
“I love it. It brings the magic from the books to life in a unique way. And that’s just watching it,” said Schoolcraft student Brad Wilson.
There are four houses in Harry Potter; Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. Each house has their own Quidditch team that consists of seven players. Since the average person is incapable of flight, all actors must endeavor to hold the broom fast between their legs at all times. If a player drops a broom, they suffer a penalty and must return to one of their team’s three goals. Student Activities Board Muggle Quidditch will be B.Y.O.B — bring your own broom.
Both teams have hoop like goals on their side of the field, and each team consists of one keeper, one seeker, three beaters and two chasers. The keepers are responsible for securing these goals and ensuring they remain untouched. The chasers alternatively try to score points for their team by getting the quaffle ball through the hoop. Each goal is only worth 10 points and after a team scores, the opposing team’s keeper must throw the quaffle back into play. Beaters meanwhile attempt to get players out of play temporarily by throwing bludger balls at them. If any player is hit by the bludger, they must return their team’s goal. All of this goes on while each team’s seeker tries to catch the snitch.
The snitch is a key figure in Quidditch. The seeker that catches them secures their house 30 points and the game is immedietly ended. It is in fact the only way the game ends without the agreement of both teams. In Muggle Quidditch, the snitch is carried by a person, and the Student Activities Board has selected two lucky runners, one being Jose Grimwaldo.
“I hope I don’t get tackled into the ground by the two seekers. I’m a decent runner so hopefully that won’t happen,” said Grimwaldo.
Harry Potter fans and people with an interest in Quidditch will be remiss if they fail to take in this opportunity. Sign-ups are in the Student Activities Office and are first-come first serve. “We’re expecting all of the spots to fill up fairly quickly and would love for all those interested to jump on this opportunity because it may not stick around for long,” said Sam Berger, President of Student Activities Board, who is overseeing the event.
This is a unique event that is new to Schoolcraft, so for all students looking to get involved in a fun way, this is that chance.
For more information, visit the Student Activities Office in the Lower Waterman of the VisTaTech Center or call them at 734-462- 4422.