Often thought of as an important component to a fictional world, Quidditch is very much a real sport to members of the Texas State campus and students across the country.
Everyone wants to know if Quidditch is more about the sport or the world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, but team captain Rylan Peavler and president Elizabeth Clementi explain it’s a mixture of both that keeps the Quidditch team going.
“I have not read the books and have only seen one movie,” said Peayler. “After attending a tournament two years ago, I fell in love with the sport for its combination of physicality and strategic play.”
Both Peayler and Clementi agree that many people don’t realize how much it physical stamina takes to be on the Quidditch team.
There are practices three to four times a week as well and also two to three tournaments in the fall in addition to regionals and the Quidditch World Cup held each spring. A tournament can last anywhere from four to seven games a day and can be fast-paced and exhausting, Peavler said.
In the beginning, the Quidditch team wasn’t the fully fleshed out organization it is today. The team had to practice often and work at turning the club into something more than words on paper or a major motion picture. The sport needed to come alive for everyone.
“When the organization was originally founded, the main focus was being a Harry Potter club,” said Clementi. “As the program has evolved and more students have been recruited, the Quidditch organization has become more focused on performing at a competitive, intercollegiate level.”
Clementi said she enjoys the Harry Potter-themed activities still enjoyed by the team including a Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard Tournament.
Across the world, more and more communities are embracing the magic-turned-muggle sport. Last year, the Texas State team traveled to Myrtle Beach to compete in the World Cup against eighty of the top groups from across North America and Europe. In an unprecedented run, Texas State advanced to the finals where the team lost to the University of Texas, said Clementi.
“When I tell people that I play Quidditch, I mostly receive a lot of confused looks,” Clementi said. “Yes, Quidditch is the sport from Harry Potter. No, we do not fly.”