Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Local students compete in a non-magical version of a sport made popular by the 'Harry Potter' book series.
Wednesday, March 13
By Ben Oldach, Capital News Service The University of Maryland, along with hundreds of other colleges across the world, has adopted a sport that comes straight from a storybook: Quidditch. Quidditch was played by hundreds of witches and wizards in the magical world created by J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. But the sport has been played by non-magical students -- on the ground, not in the air -- since 2005, when the magical game was adapted to the real world by students at Middlebury College in Vermont who were looking for an alternative to bocce ball. “Muggle Quidditch,” as it is known, quickly spread across the world and has found a home at the University of Maryland. The Maryland team is ranked second in the world …
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Quidditch athlete reflects on a firsthand account of Potter finale premier experience.
A week and a half ago, the finale Harry Potter film premier generated a record $169.2 million in weekend ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" set a box office record for a midnight showing ($43.5 million) and for one-day sales ($92.1 million). The film generated $476 million worldwide in the first weekend. Such big numbers; it's easy to forget about the little individuals to whom this film meant so much. One ticket-worth of that $476 million was from Sarah Woolsey, vice president and athlete of the University of Maryland quidditch team. As quidditch is a wizard sport, part of Woolsey's lifestyle is quite literally based upon the Potter book series by J.K. Rowling. This is her firsthand account…
Thursday, January 27, 2011
The University of Maryland Quidditch team has competed against other schools across from the country.
Ever read about something you wish you could do in real life? Many college students have. At the University of Maryland, the Quidditch team allows muggles (non-magical people) to fulfill that wish by playing their fantasy sport and uniting as Harry Potter fans. The rules of the game on campus are similar to those described in the novels, without the flying of course. In both, there are seven players on the field: three chasers who throw the quaffle into the hoops, two beaters who use the bludgers to knock chasers off their brooms, one keeper who defends the hoops and one seeker to go after the snitch. In literature, the snitch is a small golden ball with wings. In College Park however, it is a hard-to-catch cross-country runner. While …
Saturday, October 2, 2010
There are several local games and athletic events to attend this coming week.
With the University of Maryland always jumping with athletic activity, there is never a shortage of sporting events to be watched in College Park. In addition to the university, there are also talented local highs school teams and community sporting events worth checking out in the area. Take a look at the list below for several ideas of where to catch a game this week. 1. University of Maryland men's soccer versus Connecticut, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. The UMD men's soccer team is currently ranked eighth in the nation. 2. Eleanor Roosevelt girls soccer versus Parkdale, Oct. 8, 4:30 p.m. The Raiders' high-powered offense outscored opponents 38-2 over their first 6 games. 3. University of Maryland field hockey versus Duke, Oct. 9, 1:00 p.m. The …