Adapted from the fictional game played by witches and wizards alike in the Harry Potter series, ‘Muggle’ Quidditch has quickly become a bonafide competitive sport across the United States. Colleges on the East Coast first tweaked the magical sport to be played by non-magical athletes, and since then, more than 200 teams have appeared across the country.
Now, UCLA has its very own Quidditch team!
While the Harry Potter version of the game is played mid-air, with players magically suspended upon their brooms, Quidditch for Muggles takes place on a field. Players are required to hold their brooms between their legs at all times.
Overall, the game is considered to be an enchanting mixture of dodge ball, rugby, and tag.
Jeffrey Lin, a student at UCLA, says he became involved with Quidditch during his freshman year, when he signed up for the UCLA team with floor mates. A natural athlete who has run cross-country, done track and field, and played ultimate Frisbee among other recreational sports in the past, Lin is not one to shy away from challenging himself.
As one of Lin’s teammate sums up in a reflection on the Quidditch team, ‘For most people, as soon as they’re here, they’re hooked. It’s part of the magic of Quidditch.’