After some debating, I’ve decided to go ahead and make this blog. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to stay on top of it as I’d like, but I think it’s worth a shot.
So hi. I’m Gabi (possibly pending change). I use ze/zem/zer or they/them/their pronouns, I’m 21, and I play/coach quidditch.
I’m new to the quidditch scene. Allow me to give you an origin story:
Like the giant nerd I am, I’ve been super into Harry Potter since I was young. When I learned quidditch was a thing (I use quidditch, lowercase, because that’s the spelling for Muggle quidditch), I really wanted to play! I asked about it on all my college visits, and when I enrolled at Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH I was very pleased to know we had a quidditch team.
That was the fall of 2012. I believe the original team chartered in 2009, and my first semester of college I did get to play a little bit of quidditch. However, the team “died off” for some reason—lack of communication, the captains got busy, whatever it was. By my second semester, there was nothing, and I was an overwhelmed and mentally ill freshman who certainly wasn’t up to figuring it out.
Fast forward to spring semester 2014, the end of my sophomore/second year. We had a “fair” event through our school’s Harry Potter Alliance chapter to raise money, and one of the activities was pick-up quidditch. A freshman member of our HPA had run quidditch in high school, and we knew we still had the equipment in the basement of the gym here (we just needed to find someone with the locker combos). So we gave it a shot.
Despite a not great turn out and plenty of chaos, that freshman was really excited and I was really excited. The games were fun. We joked throughout the event how much we really wanted to re-start quidditch at our school, how much we wanted to play, and how much we wanted to bring it back. The more we joked, the more serious we became. Later that week, literally with two days until the end of semester deadline, the two of us filled out the paperwork to re-charter quidditch as a student organization and ~restarted~ quidditch.
Because of that late timing, we really got our start in September 2014. It’s almost March now, and it feels like it’s been both ages and no time at all.
I know I’m very new to quidditch. I know I’m very fresh. I know I don’t know a lot of things.
The purpose of this blog is hopefully to document the way we started to help other teams just starting out. There are a lot of teams that seem to just Have Everything, who are very much at the SPORTS stage that a lot of us hope to achieve. Quidditch community resources tend to be written for them.
And then there are the non-quidditch community resources. These tend to be written by outsiders, by people who want to play quidditch “for a party” (which is fine, but not helpful!) or something similar. They give you quick, inaccurate lists written on wikihow on what you need or how to play.
In between resources are hard to find. And in between resources for someone like me—someone who is captaining/coaching, but someone who has never played a sport with balls before—are impossible to find. (Okay, giggle at my wording. Now that you’re done: I routinely say “I’ve never played landsports” because I swam competitively year-round from 7-18, but that was my only sport.)
So my goal here is to write a blog that’s accessible. That helps beginners. That compiles resources for people just starting out, but doesn’t treat us like we’re just pinterest moms or camp counselors.
Hopefully, you’ll embark on this great adventure with me.