Today in News About Trying Out for the Local Quidditch Squad

Posted on: August 23rd, 2019 at 5:07 am by

Quidditch practice on Pace Field, Feb. 2012

Yes, you read it right. There are tryouts this weekend for the local Quidditch team.

The Tri-State team and its second string squad, respectively The Warriors and Rogues, are holding a recruiting session in East River Park tomorrow morning at 10:30am. The group is part of the official US Quidditch league.

For the uninitiated, the “sport” is based on the fictional competition found in the Harry Potter fantasy series. Below is a succinct description via Wikipedia:

It is a dangerous but popular semi-contact sport played by witches and wizards riding flying broomsticks.

Matches are played on a large oval pitch with three ring-shaped goals of different heights on each side, between two opposing teams of seven players each: three Chasers, two Beaters, the Keeper, and the Seeker. There are three different balls: the Quaffle, the two Bludgers, and the Golden Snitch. The Chasers and the Keeper respectively score with and defend the goals against the Quaffle; the two Beaters bat the Bludgers away from their teammates and towards their opponents; and the Seeker locates and catches the Golden Snitch, whose capture simultaneously wins the Seeker’s team 150 points and ends the game. The team with the most points at the end wins.

 

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