Harry Potter fans embrace Quidditch

By: Brandon Boles, Staff Writer
October 6, 2011

Harry Potter fever hit Luther College this past week as students participated in the inaugural game of Quidditch on Farwell Clearing.

Director of Rec Sports Vicky Jaeger helped set up the event.

“Some folks have suggested it a couple times in the past years, but I just didn’t have the time to research it,” Jaeger said. “Ben Jarvis (‘13) came and talked to me this year and helped me formulate rules and how we could make it work.”

An extensive eight-page rulebook was made for the players who participated.

All players are required to hold a broom to “fly” in the game. Each team has a chaser to catch the snitch. The snitch is played by a person dressed in yellow who carries a tennis ball in a sock.

The beaters’ jobs are to pick up the bludgers and throw them at the chasers. When a person is hit with a bludger, they have to drop any balls they may be holding and run around one of their goals.

The chaser’s job is to throw the quaffle through a hoop to score points for their team.

Although it was not the real game that is known from the Harry Potter series, many Luther students participated in the event.

“I’ve been a fan of the Harry Potter series since the beginning and Quidditch sounded like a blast,” KayCee Bucher (‘13) said. “So when my RA asked people from the floor if they wanted to make a team, I jumped at the opportunity.”

Jaeger felt the first match of Quidditch was a success for the students and for recreational sports.

“I think this event brings out people that don’t normally play intramurals, so I’m super excited for that,” Jaeger said. “We do pride ourselves on trying new events and I think we’ve found a successful one.”

Luther students who participated in the game shared the excitement of the new game set up by rec sports.

“There was no way I wasn’t going to participate,” Katherine Claude (‘14) said. “I couldn’t pass up the fact that I get to run around with a broom in between my legs and look completely sane.”

Quidditch matches will continue between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 9 and 16. Jaeger said new teams are more than welcome to join and play.

“If teams want to still get in, we will take them,” Jaeger said.

Many students who participated in the first day of matches strongly urge more people to play and enjoy the experience.

“I recommend that everyone play,” Bucher said. “Get a team together from your floor or club or random people you walk by going to class.”

Peter Storvick (‘14) agreed that students should take advantage of the Harry Potter event.

“If you are a huge Harry Potter fan, you can’t pass up an opportunity to play Quidditch,” Storvick said.

For more information on how to play Quidditch and to sign a team up, visit the rec sports office or e-mail Vicky Jaeger at jaegervi@luther.edu.