Purdue to host intercollegiate Quidditch tournament

Why do all the awesome things happen after graduation?!

Purdue University is hosting an intercollegiate Quidditch tournament from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 24), just days before the world debut of the final Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

The Hogwarts-looking Windsor Halls will serve as the backdrop as caped contestants chase gold-clad human snitches and launch balls through custom-made hoops, all while dashing around on broomsticks trying not to be leveled by bludger-bearing beaters.

Several colleges will send players, including Purdue, Ohio State, Loyola University Chicago, Illinois State, Ball State, Bowling Green State University, Carthage College, Miami of Ohio and Transylvania University. Purdue’s invitational tournament is scheduled for the same week as the DVD and Blu-ray release of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” Ultimate Edition, the movie in which Harry and Ron Weasley attend the Quidditch World Cup.


Of course, if the Harry Potter universe was real, my complete ineptitude in gym class would probably translate over into not being able to fly at all. Though if Ravenclaw can still have a decent team, maybe not all magical nerds are unathletic.



  1. says

    I’m sorry, Jen.Given that Quidditch is an English invention and is the primary sport of the world, your ability to play it would probably be worse than anything else. More likely, you’d probably have an inability to play Quodpot rather than a fanatical desire to Chase, Seek, Bludgeon, or Keep.

  2. says

    Man, geekdom is like autism. You can have 2 geeks in the same room, but geeky about totally different topics and they will have parallel conversations. I like Buffy a buddy of mine was into Lost and we couldn’t have a meaningful conversation.

  3. says

    The trick is to be a multiclass geek and know a little about every geeky topic so you can carry on conversation on any geeky subject under the sun. ;)”So, Lost season finale, eh?””RAAAAAGE!””Uh huh.”And then sit back and listen to them rant. XD

  4. loreleion says

    Daily Prophet headline: “Group of Muggles to dress up in silly costumes and pretend to play Quidditch can’t even fly.”

  5. says

    I’m jealous, although I’d probably fall off a broom. My husband is a sports tragic and is studying medicine… he and his friends call themselves nocks = nerdy jocks. (He’s totally Gryffindor though.)

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