Photos from Emerson College Quidditch

Some photos from Emerson College’s quidditch totally real and somewhat ironic quidditch league.

For two years, I took the fictional sport from Harry Potter very seriously. I don’t remember when I heard about the intramural quidditch league at Emerson College, but it was one of the first things I signed up for when I moved to campus freshman year. Then I was put on the Jamaica Plain Jaguars, and chased for the rag-tag team until junior year. My poor athleticism aside, I had fun playing this ridiculous sport — but my favorite part was photographing games.

The South End Slothbears celebrating.

A quick breakdown of real-world muggle quidditch:

  • Teams have all of the position from the books: 3 Chasers, 2 Beaters, 1 Keeper, and 1 Seeker.
  • The Snitch is a person and they wear (or at least when we played) yellow shorts with a sock “tail” attached on the back. Their job is to basically run and-or wrestle the Seekers to keep the tail out of reach.
  • Our “brooms” are PVC pipes. It’s not weird after a while, you get used to them.
  • The quaffle is a volley ball and the bludgers are deflated kickballs the beaters throw at players. The hoops are hoolahoops on stands. A little bit like ultimate frisbee meets dodgeball.
  • There are a lot of rules, which you can read here via US

Yeah, it looks silly. But man — It. Gets. Intense.

So when I wasn’t playing I took photos, most of which are posted in albums on ECQ’s Facebook page. It was a while ago, so I don’t remember all of the photos I took (at one point I had around 3,000 quidditch photos sitting on my computer) but here are a few my favorites I took.

A Seeker pulling the Snitch and ending the game.

Beat in the face.

Lots of (friendly) agression.

More aggression.

The Park Street Pulverizers winning ECQ’s Griffith Cup.

The last Jamaica Plain Jaguars. Rest in Peace (the team disbanded)

Leap, Kill!

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