(COVINGTON. La.) — Calling all Gryffindors, Slytherins, Ravenclaws, Hufflepuffs, and Durmstrangs: The Spring Quidditch Games are fast approaching, scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Prepare your teams. Prepare your houses. Bring your broomsticks. This will be the last Quidditch match of the school year, so this is the last chance for your house to show that they are the fastest, brightest, and, more specifically, the best at Quidditch.
“All teams are invited to compete,” said Dumbledore’s Army moderator Andrew Dart. “In addition, any teams that want to come out that are not part of our official club can come out with their own teams as long as they have a minimum of seven or eight people. They also must also register with me before the games.”
When asked who he is personally rooting for in this tournament, Dart said, “I’m rooting for Durmstrang because that is my team. Durmstrang has been undermanned in the past, and for having no substitutes and playing the whole game, I think we’ve been very successful.”
The official start time for the matches will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The matches will take place at the practice soccer field near Lasalle Hall. Anyone is invited to watch and spectate.
“Quidditch is truly a fun spectator sport,” said Slytherian Prefect AJ LaCroix. “We have people from all grade levels jumping around, throwing balls into hoops, and riding on white PVC pipe as brooms. For any other sport, this would be seen as incredibly strange, but not Quidditch. Anyone who wants to come out and just run around as a witch or a wizard (can) just come and have a great time.”
Quidditch is a sport adapted from the fictional Harry Potter universe. The main objective is for two teams to toss balls through three vertical hoops at opposite ends of the field. There are also many more aspects to the sport, including the all-important snitch. Spectators and players wishing to brush up on Quidditch rules before Saturday’s match, click here.