Quidditch ‘Flies’ to World Cup in NYC

by Erin Brock
Staff

This weekend, a group of Transylvania students will be attending the World Cup — of quidditch, that is. Taking place in Dewitt Clinton Park in the heart of New York City, 46 teams will be represented. Forty-two of these are from colleges including Purdue University, Yale University and Pennsylvania State University. The other four teams consist of high school teams and one community team.

The annual event, taking place for the fourth time, is sponsored by the International Quidditch Association. Other sponsors include Alivan’s, a specialty store inspired by “Harry Potter” that sells the “official” broom of the World Cup.

On Saturday, Nov. 13, there will be a procession of the teams to the Dewitt Clinton fields in the park. Games will run all day, from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and follow with a concert from Harry and the Potters, a band which performs songs based on J.K. Rowling’s series. The event continues on Sunday with the first game at 9 a.m. until the championship game at 4:30 p.m.

“I’m so excited for this. I don’t think it’s really set in yet, but having not been to New York before and playing quidditch in front of so many people and so many teams. … It’ll be a huge honor to represent Transy there,” senior Sara Escobedo said.

Going to the tournament offers the team more excitement than expected because, just a week ago, going to the World Cup was out of its reach. The team was expected to participate, but then money complications arose and the trip was canceled. However, circumstances flipped again when the members of Transylvania Quidditch received a loan from the Student Activities Fund. They plan to both pay it back and expand their program with the money they earn through fundraisers planned in the near future.

One way they plan to raise funds is through designing and selling T-shirts. One shirt will be designed especially for club members, and the other will be available to all of campus. The club also plans on doing something similar to its previous sale of “Golden Snitches,” where students could pay $1 to have a Ferrero Rocher chocolate candy delivered to someone’s door by members of Transylvania Quidditch.

“We do a lot of different activities and volunteer work,” said senior Erika Lindström. “We’re trying to do more outreach in Lexington, like teaching kids at surrounding elementary schools how to play quidditch in order to get them interested in reading [Rowling’s novels].”
Part of the excitement of attending the World Cup is expanding the popularity of quidditch.

“We’re hoping to have NCAA status in the next couple of years. Quidditch, as a whole, has been seeking that,” Lindström said.

If you are interested in watching the events of the Quidditch World Cup here on Transy’s campus, there will be a viewing party in the Campus Center. An airing is currently planned for Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Campus Center Canteen to watch the World Cup finals and championship matches.

“Our dedication and intensity during practices and scrimmages definitely proves our salt,” Escobedo said. “I think we’ve come a long way from last year, and I think everyone is ready to represent Transy this weekend.”

Look in the next issue of The Rambler to see how the quidditch team did in New York.

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