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Sixteen teams of undergraduates took part in the inaugural BC Quidditch Cup tournament, based on the game in the popular Harry Potter series. (Photos by J.D. Levine)

Hogwarts on the Heights

More mud than magic in BC’s first Quidditch Cup, but no one minded
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By Iulia Padneau | Chronicle Contributor
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The memorable BC-Florida State football game wasn’t the only contest of note that took place on campus last weekend. On Sunday, the Campus Green was the setting for Boston College’s first-ever Quidditch Cup tournament, fashioned after the wizardly game depicted in the popular Harry Potter books and films. (For full description of Quidditch, follow this link: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quidditch)

The event, organized by the Undergraduate Government of Boston College, was the brainchild of Kathleen Iannone ’11, Justin Graham ’11 and Beck Dougal ’11.

“It seemed like a fun event,” Iannone said. “I wanted to be able to say I got to attend a school where we can play Quidditch.”

The organizers designed banners which assigned the four houses of Hogwarts — the school Harry Potter and his fellow wizards attend, and where Quidditch games are held — to the four schools at BC: “Gryffindor” for the College of Arts and Sciences; “Slytherin” for the Carroll School of Management; “Hufflepuff” for the Lynch School of Education; and “Ravenclaw” for the Connell School of Nursing.
As any Harry Potter devotee knows, Slytherin are the soulless, evil wizards always at odds with Gryffindor. But the UGBC organizers claim that’s not how they view CSOM.

“We chose Slytherin to represent CSOM because they are the ones who make the tough decisions and are always willing to go to any lengths to get what they want,” Dougal said. “Everyone seems to understand that.”

In any case, organizers noted, the 16 individual teams were comprised of students representing all classes and all schools at BC.

The rules of the game followed those outlined in the books: There were two teams, three Bludgers, a Quaffle, three hoops — which marked the goals — and, of course, a Snitch. The Snitch was released two minutes prior to the end of a game and one member from each team, designated as the Seeker, chased after him. The team who caught the Snitch was awarded 50 extra points.
In the end, the “Hermione’s Broomstick” team emerged triumphant.

The four-hour event took a lot of planning, say the organizers, and was complicated by a development worthy of Voldemort, Harry Potter’s arch-nemesis: Recent rain storms, as well as the ESPN “College Game Day” festivities on Saturday, had left the Campus Green in less-than-ideal condition.

“One side of the field was clearly a lot muddier than the other,” said Iannone. “So, on the spot we had to come up with a new rule where the teams switched sides after five minutes.”

Participants in the games did not seem to mind. “This was pretty much what I expected,” said Peter Clabby ’12. “Except it was a lot muddier, which is definitely positive.”

The event was so successful organizers are working to organize it again in the spring, especially for those students studying abroad who did not get a chance to participate. 

Iulia Padneau is astudent in the College of Arts and Sciences