Bournemouth University’s (BU) Quidditch team have high hopes for 2017 as they look to compete in the Quidditch Development Cup (QDC) in April.
Founded by BU’s Harry Potter Society in September 2016, the Bournemouth Banshee’s, coordinated by third-year student Tara Moreland, have been training for competitive action.
After competing in a November friendly competition against university teams from Portsmouth, Winchester, Exeter and Bristol, BU Quidditch player Beth Louise says that the team are eager to enter a competitive tournament.
“We have started our preparations for the event and everyone is really excited. The idea of going to a prestigious Quidditch tournament sounds brilliant,” said Beth.
The QDC acts a sister tournament to the British Quidditch Cup (BQC), the sport’s national competition, and it offers a chance for teams who did not qualify for the BQC to compete in a 2nd tier tournament.
Beth admits that whilst not a notorious sport across the UK, Quidditch can be interesting once explained.
“Mostly people laugh or are surprised that such a thing exists, but sometimes people think it’s cool and often when I have explained how the game works, people seem interested.”
JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series birthed the fictional idea of Quidditch, a sport seemingly destined for those with magical abilities, rather than those of us without.
The sport was turned into a reality in 2005 at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, by Xander Manshel and Alex Benepe, who – as first commissioner of Quidditch – monitors and oversees all international Quidditch matches and general affairs. It has grown into its own separate and distinct sport after nine publications of rulebooks.
Jake Ruggier, a BU Quidditch player, is applying to become President for BU’s Harry Potter Society in the next academic year, and says that Quidditch can act as a great form of exercise.
“I remember first hearing about muggle Quidditch years ago, and had been really keen to play it before coming to uni, so to be competing in the QDC in April would be great,” Jake explains.
“It was something I wanted to get involved with because I’d always been a big Potter fan and it’s also great exercise!
He adds: “It’s a lot of fun and very inclusive, it doesn’t matter if you’re not particularly sporty or not a die-hard Harry Potter fan.”
Buzz News’ Reece Dixon caught up with Bournemouth University Quidditch coordinator Tara Moreland to tell us more about how the sport works, and how brutal it can be.
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