In the Harry Potter series, quidditch is a sport in which players fly on brooms, chasers toss a ball through hoops, and seekers clamor to find the golden snitch.
But the sport’s fictional origins do not keep college students from starting their own quidditch teams.
“I love Harry Potter. And one of the things I was looking forward to doing was playing quidditch because I know that's a big college sport these days," said Rachel Dunaisky, quidditch team historian.
In 2005, students at Middlebury College in Vermont adapted the sport for real life play. Now there are teams in over 300 universities and high schools around the country.
Team Captain Juan Herrera says he is looking forward to bonding with his team over their shared fandom.
“We want to foster teamwork and just to get everyone to feel like they're a team," said Herrera.
Although the team is still brand new, members have already bonded over debate on team names. Fizzing Whizbees and Whomping Wildcats both had some strong support.
The team currently plays with two of six required hoops and balls rented from Norris. Members hope to secure ASG funding to purchase these supplies plus brooms, uniforms, and headbands specifying their positions. There is just one more step, making Northwestern look a little more like Hogwarts.
NU’s team is playing its first game against Loyola this weekend.