Quidditch: Harry Potter and the Wizardly Workout


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Being a fitness fan, of course, one of the things that always intrigued me about Harry Potter was the sport Quidditch. The game once reserved for students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (for all you non-Harry Potter fans, this is the school that Harry and his pals attend) has made its way to the muggle (translation: non-magical) world. In fact, it’s quite the trend: More than 2,000 athletes will participate in this year’s Quidditch World Cup, taking place in New York City on November 12 and 13.
The Northeast appears to be the hot spot for what the International Quidditch Association (IQA) claims is “the fastest-growing sport in the United States.” According to the IQA, the most registered teams hail from New York (39), Masschusetts (22) and Pennsylvania (20). But “28 states and counting” have Quidditch teams, many of which are connected to colleges.  
Each team consists of seven players: one Keeper, one Seeker, two Beaters and three Chasers; of course, there is also a Snitch who is a neutral player. With feet firmly on the ground, as opposed to the high-flying version they play at Hogwarts, Quidditch becomes a combination of rugby, dodge ball and flag football.

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  • 28
    Snape would make a tough personal trainer, but Remus would bring out the best in a player! - 8/14/2011   11:59:40 AM
  • 27
    I'll take Harry, he was superb at Quidditch... - 8/13/2011   3:21:12 PM
  • 26
    No thank you, not interested. - 8/13/2011   11:34:16 AM
    Luna, for sure. We'd have lots to talk about. - 8/12/2011   3:42:26 PM
  • 24
    I went to last year's Quidditch World Cup in NYC and had a blast. The players were mostly college kids but everyone of all ages (and fitness levels) was welcomed and accepted. If you want to see a game, check out the IQA web site www.internationalquidditch.org for regional tournaments, or check with colleges/universities near you to see if they have a Quidditch club or team. - 8/12/2011   12:49:12 PM
    I followed that link, but didn't find anything about a U Penn study. What's going on? Is that supposed to be in a different blog entry or something?? - 8/12/2011   12:16:16 PM
    Another one for Luna Lovegood - she would be an entertaining exercise partner!

    (and please, fix that first sentence!) - 8/12/2011   12:13:48 PM
  • 21
    Viktor Krum. He's not a slacker and I would have to work to keep up. - 8/12/2011   9:09:46 AM
  • 20
    Most definitely Ron. He is hysterical and would be a hoot to work out with. - 8/12/2011   9:01:53 AM
  • 19
    I HEART Snape! - 8/12/2011   5:57:04 AM
    Please proofread your blog before posting. The first sentence makes no sense whatsoever.

    "A recent study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine proved that exercising Being a fitness fan, of course, one of the things that always intrigued me about Harry Potter was the sport Quidditch. " - 8/12/2011   1:13:24 AM
  • 17
    That is so cool! Life imitating art. - 8/12/2011   12:13:03 AM
  • 16
    I would love to work out with Luna. I think having her around and hearing about her theories would make the time fly. - 8/11/2011   8:21:01 PM
  • 15
    I would love to watch a game! - 8/11/2011   11:26:49 AM
  • 14
    Nymphadora Tonks ! LOL !!! How could a person not want to workout with someone named Nymphadora Tonks. If not her, I'd probably do best with Fred and George Weasley.

    - 8/11/2011   10:11:11 AM
  • 13
    Serverus Snape, because I know he is a hard worker & caring enough to push me. - 8/11/2011   10:10:50 AM
    Is something missing from the first paragraph? I think I'm not quite understanding what the study proved.

    Looks like a cut & paste error? - 8/11/2011   10:03:51 AM
  • 11
    I would have to get Neville to work out with me. I mean, he went through a ton of crap, so that's probably made him able to push harder, which would also motivate me. My alternate would be Sirius, because, well, he could transfigure and I could exercise with him as a dog, so it would just be like playing instead of working out. - 8/11/2011   9:24:32 AM
    I always thought Remus Lupin was the one character that completely knew what he was doing -- I was really disappointed that he died in the last book. - 8/11/2011   9:23:15 AM
    How about finishing the first sentence: the study proved......????? I don't understand what was studied. - 8/11/2011   9:22:20 AM
  • 8
    Will Hermione be there to help out? Isn't she just down the road at Brown? - 8/11/2011   9:20:55 AM
    ...but what did the study prove? - 8/11/2011   8:54:55 AM
  • 6
    how about Ginny? beautiful and became a professional Quidditch player before she married Harry. - 8/11/2011   8:27:07 AM
    Wow, didn't know about this. There isn't one near my area though. Lol. - 8/11/2011   7:40:31 AM
  • 4
    Anyovf the Weasley kid - 8/11/2011   7:35:07 AM
  • 3
    Nagini, of course. That would definitely improve my running times! I've wanted to try Quiddich for a while, but there are no teams around here or anything. =( - 8/11/2011   6:55:13 AM
  • 2
    Oliver Wood!! - 8/11/2011   6:17:32 AM
  • 1
    Severus Snape. I think he's competitive enough to keep me going. If all else fails he can wave his wand and take care of the weight all at once. Besides Alan Rickman is goodlooking and I'm a sucker for accents. ;) - 8/11/2011   6:11:02 AM

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