Muggles encouraged to apply

by Ryan Catalani / Beacon Staff • September 4, 2014

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Watch your peers pitch quaffles and solicit snitches.
Anton Bielousov via Wikimedia Commons
Watch your peers pitch quaffles and solicit snitches.
Anton Bielousov via Wikimedia Commons

Quidditch, the once-fictional sport created by JK Rowling, has long since expanded from, and even disavowed, its literary roots. Today, a thriving community of non-magical humans—including, yes, Emerson students—participate in this game. On Saturday, Quidditch players will answer basic questions about this decidedly ground-based sport, like who is a bludger? Is anyone scoring points out there? And I know this is Emerson, but why is a person running around in a yellow jumpsuit?

The next day, interested participants can try out for one of the college’s half-dozen alliteratively named intramural teams, from the Boylston Berserkers to the South End Slothbears. (Those who can’t make it can send an owl—rather, an email—to the Quidditch commissioner.) Knowledge of Rowling’s trademarked work-that-shall-not-be-named not necessary.