That’s Your Intercollegiate Sport: Quidditch

Kelly Conaboy | April 18, 2013 - 10:30 am

“I mean, what constitutes a ‘real’ sport? Sports are inherently fabricated — a set of rules and stakes that come completely from the imagination of one person or of a group of people. What makes basketball, a game where you have to bounce a ball up and down until you get to a basket and if you shoot it and make the shot it’s two points but sometimes if you shoot it it’s THREE points? like, if you’re further away?, more understandable than quidditch? What makes hockey, a game where you can have a fist fight with someone ON ICE if you want to while fans punch a plastic barrier, less laughable than a bunch of college students running around a field with brooms between their legs? It’s all make believe, that’s the thing. The stakes doesn’t exist independently of the game — they’re all created for entertainment. And we’re having fun. So why can’t you just respect our sport and respect our sixth annual Quidditch World Cup, which took place last week in Florida? Is it just because our sport is a sport originally played by young wizards in a series of novels for children, and in the fictional game the brooms could actually fly? Where, in our game, we just hold onto them between our legs? And it’s like, uh, if you can’t actually recreate the flying part, maybe you kind of just have to accept that quidditch is not really a sport you can play IRL? IS THAT IT?!” – You

“SILENCIO!” -You (Via LaughingSquid.)