We caught up with Amanda Buschor today and got some great insight on what Quidditch is like and what to expect if you would like to join. This is SIUe’s first year having a Quidditch club. Amanda is a senior and the primary helper for bringing Quidditch to SIUe. Here’s what she had to say!
How did you start this club?
“I was actually sitting in this very spot and I was thinking about how some other schools have Quidditch. I recently just watched the internship, I do not know if you have seen it but they play Quidditch in it and my mind just kind of clicked. I was like, ‘Hey, I wonder if this is an actual thing’ and it is an actual thing. I think every school has it but us and I was like, ‘I’m gonna do this.’ I believe that was last May. I contacted Kimmel and I asked if we could do it and they said yes, next fall, but the summer is pretty much done. In the summer we spent a lot of time building equipment and planning it out.”
How did getting people involved go, were you the only one?
“Yeah I was definitely the leader getting people into it. (For) building the stuff we did a lot of research online to see what other clubs had done. There’s a lot online about Quidditch so it wasn’t too bad…….. and as far as getting people involved, it is basically word-of-mouth and everyone we have talked to was like, ‘Wow Quidditch, I want to be in that, I love Harry Potter.’ We have all of the social media up and running and we have our first meeting on Wednesday so we are pretty excited!”
Explain Quidditch to someone that doesn’t know?
“Well it is basically a combination of soccer, hockey, basketball, dodge ball, ultimate Frisbee, and wrestling. So it’s a bunch sports combined but each team has seven players. Three players main goal is to score goals for the team. Two other players goal is to throw dodge balls at other players and knock them out essentially, disrupting game play. One player is basically a goalie who protects the hoops from being scored on. And another player’s main goal is to catch the snitch. The snitch is essentially a person that has a tennis ball on their shorts and you have to grab the tennis ball and the game is over, that’s how the game ends. That’s the most basic version of how you play this game. Everyone runs around with a broom in between their legs, that’s how we simulate the flying (laughs). Once you understand the basics of what you’re trying to do, the rest is just knowing, ‘Am I allowed to tackle this person’ or, ‘Am I allowed to run,’ stuff like that.”
How will you go about grouping the houses?
“Once we get a good idea of how many people want to be involved, We’re going to have your initial sign ups and these people are going to say, ‘hey, we’re in, we wanna play!’ Then we are gonna have tryouts to figure out which position is best for each person so we dont have an entire team of people that are good at being a keeper, that’ll be one aspect of it. Then to tie into the houses like how harry potter works, we’re going to make them take a sorting quiz to find out which house their characteristics fit into. Once we have that, that will help decide which team they will go on. Ideally, we want to have a sorting event and have a sorting hat and go all out!
What are practices going to be like?
“Practices are ideally going to be one half in the gym doing specific exercises that are going to help build parts of your body that will increase your skill set and the other half pretty much modifying current drills for basketball and soccer to meet are Quidditch needs. It’s just going to be a lot of research on our part to find out which drills are gonna help people get better. its really a learning process.”
“This is a good club. it appeals to not just people of an athletic background but it it appeals to people who know what harry potter is. It will allow for their creative outlet to shine because if you’re in this club, you do not necessarily have to be playing. We will have a part for people to just be in it to help us have events. If you want to have a Harry Potter themed food bake sale, go for it! If you want to make some Butterbeer, go for it! If you want to play, go for it! it’s a new, challenging sport that is getting big pretty fast so it’s something that is good to be a part of, especially if you are new to the college seen. It gives you something to hold onto!”
Quidditch will be having its first informational 5 p.m. Oct. 21 in the SFC conference room if you are interested in joining!