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.
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 Quiditch.org.
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.