Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Quidditch becomes reality in Slovakia as first teams emerge

The wizard sport, fighting for its status in the real sports world, has won the hearts of some Slovaks.

When the head referee shouts “Brooms Up!”, six players on each team mount their brooms and begin to play.

Since the Harry Potter novels, quidditch - involving players flying on broomsticks - has enchanted non-wizards, or Muggles, as J.K. Rowling called them in her stories, on all continents, leading to the birth of “Muggle Quidditch”.

The game starts with two teams comprised of six players, playing with four balls, running with a broom in one hand. Three chasers throw the quaffle (a slightly deflated volleyball) into one of the three hoops, two beaters disrupting rivals with three bludgers (slightly deflated dodgeballs), and the keeper guarding the hoops.

The seventh player, called the seeker, later joins the game with the goal of catching a snitch, the fifth ball, to end the game.

“One of the biggest difficulties we encounter when sharing the sport with new audiences is divorcing what people have in their heads as quidditch, from our idea of the sport,” Armand Cosseron from the International Quidditch Association (SQA) told The Slovak Spectator.

Since its emergence, quidditch has become the only full-contact, gender-mixed sport, including “the four maximum gender rule” in the game and welcoming people of all identities and genders.

“The community is pure magic despite Muggle-related limits,” admits Hana Boskovičová, a quidditch player from Bratislava’s Pressburg Phantoms.

Slovakia has also joined a growing quidditch community with its two clubs along with the national quidditch team.

Read more about: - How it started -Fiction misrepresents real-life qudditch -New teams would be welcome -No official status, no state support

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

Annual
subscription

29 €
Buy
You save 17.80 € compared with monthly subsription
Quarterly
subscription
9.90 €
Buy
You save 1.80 € compared with monthly subsription
Monthly
subscription
0.98 €
Buy
Price is only for new subscribers for their first month. All other months are standard price of 3.90€

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Slovakia is the first country to test a new VAT refund app

Getting money back for buying souvenirs in Slovakia will be easier - there will be an app.

Illustrative Stock Photo

Prosecution has found errancies in criminal files related to self-employed farmers

General prosecutor feels that some prosecutors in the east of Slovakia follow their own conscience and opinion and not valid legislation.

General prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár

Begin afresh

I’m not sure if there is a typical Canadian way to get married.

Homophobic banners attributed to Ján Mrva give rise to criminal complaint

The Bratislava Mayoral candidate denies being behind the banners but has not condemned the contents argues NGO.

Ján Mrva