I made the Quidditch World Cup team

I have lost possession of the bludger
I have lost possession of the bludger

This is something that I’m very proud of: McGill Quidditch is sending a team to the Quidditch World Cup in New York on the weekend of November 13-14, and I made the World Cup team.

Not only that, but I’m on the A-team!

In celebration, here is some photo evidence that I actually do play Quidditch, for the sceptics out there.

I am getting hit by a bludger
I am getting hit by a bludger

These photos are from this Saturday’s practice, which was cold and miserable, to start out with. After a while, I warmed up, but it took some time and effort, and I kept my huge McGill rugby shirt on the whole time.

The hardest part about being a beater on a Quidditch team in the cold is that your fingers freeze, and so it’s hard to grip the bludger. And it’s not like I could put on gloves for next time or anything—that would make it even harder to hold onto the bludger.

I am in possession of a bludger
I am in possession of a bludger

Here are a few pro-tips for aspiring young beaters. According to the IQA rulebook, you can kick a bludger into your opponent and it counts as a hit. This may change your beginning-of-game strategy and your tactics for recovering the bludger as well. Also, I discovered recently that the bludgers were deflated partially on purpose, and that they would also be deflated like that at the World Cup. This means that I can actually grab the bludger and throw it overhand, and it gives me a lot more flexibility with what I do with it.

I will end this post with a bit of speculation. There is a rumour that JK Rowling will be in New York during the World Cup. I wonder if she will attend. I will be bringing my camera to the event, and if I see her, I will try to get someone to take a photograph of me with her in the background. :)

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2 thoughts on “I made the Quidditch World Cup team”

  1. If the coldness affects the game so much I’m surprised that this is a fall/winter sport! Is that to remain accurate to the way it is depicted in the book?

  2. I’m not sure why, to tell you the truth. I guess it would be difficult to put a team together during the summer, and really, it’s only going to happen at universities and colleges. I imagine it’s just that practical concern that sets the season.

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