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BURGER BYTES: Quidditch At The Capstone

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Big time college football is not the only sport on the campus of the University of Alabama.

There's another sport, taken from the pages of the fictional novel, Harry Potter, that's catching on at the Capstone.

Grab your broomsticks, and keep a look out for the snitch.  Alabama students embrace the wizarding world's favorite passtime of quidditch.

"It's to capture the entire fandom of Harry potter into one event that you can do in real life," Garrett Martin, a UA student, said.

"I'm a pretty big fan," Carissa Schreiber added.  "I have my little Slytherin banner in my room.   Pretty nerdy."

The quidditch rules in the Harry Potter universe have been adapted for people without any sort of magical abilities.

Real life quidditch combines dodge ball and soccer.   Like the players in the books, you have to keep a broom stick between your legs at all times, as if you were flying.

The object of the game is for the "chasers" to throw the quaffle, or volley ball, threw one of the three rings.   Each goal is worth ten points.  The "beaters" use the bledger, or a dodge ball, to knock people off their broom sticks.

"The contact is a step down from football, a step down from soccer," quidditch referee Morgan Hunt said.  "It's like soccer with the way they score goals."

The game is ends, when the "seeker" grabs the tennis ball hanging off the snitch.  That's worth 30 points in the real life game.  In Harry Potter, when the golden snitch, a flying ball with wings, is caught, that team wins.

"The best thing I can say is that Harry always wins, and we want to win," Kacie Davis said.  "Maybe we will."

Quidditch At The Capstone concludes Sunday with the playing of the "World Cup".


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