quidditch-tournament

tbh it’s too bad oliver wood graduated the year before the triwizard tournament, if only bc we missed out on what would’ve been an amazing running gag of oliver repeatedly losing his fucking mind because he has to go a full year WITHOUT. QUIDDITCH.

*during the second task* “OH YEAH YOU ALL WERE SO RIGHT WHO NEEDS TO WATCH FLYING BROOMSTICKS, PEOPLE FALLING OFF SAID BROOMSTICKS, PEOPLE GETTING HIT IN THE FACE ON OCCASION, AND LISTENING TO LEE JORDAN’S WITTY-ASS COMMENTARY WHEN WE CAN DO THIS INSTEAD, SIT IN FRONT OF A LAKE AND WAIT FOR PEOPLE TO COME BACK FROM FUCKING DEEP-SEA DIVING YOU’RE RIGHT THIS IS SOOOOOOO MUCH BETTER”

“mister wood, we must ask you again to please remove the voice amplifying charm and sit back down”

“NO NO NO I’M BEING SOOOOO SINCERE RIGHT NOW. IN FACT, LET ME SHOW MY ENTHUSIASM BY PROVIDING COMMENTARY–”

*oliver is tackled by staff members and is removed from the area*

*being dragged away* “LAST YEAR WE HAD DEMENTORS SHOW UP TO A MATCH. DEMONTORS. HARRY LOST ALL THE BONES IN HIS ARM ONCE. ONE TIME HE CAUGHT THE MOTHERFUCKING SNITCH IN HIS MOUTH. YOU CAN’T EVEN FOLLOW YOUR OWN FUCKING RULES, IT’S A TRIWIZARD TOURNAMENT, HOW CAN THERE BE FOUR CHAMPIONS??? IN QUIDDITCH WE STICK TO OUR RULES. WE HAVE NINE ON EVERY TEAM, EVERY. FUCKING. GAME. WE HAVE A YEARLY WORLD CUP, WE DON’T GET CANCELLED BECAUSE PEOPLE DIE. (not at hogwarts anyway) WHAT DOES THE TRIWIZARD TOURNAMENT GOT THAT QUIDDITCH DOESN’T, HUH?! WHAT DOES THIS GOT?!?!”

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Quidditch… it’s not just for Harry Potter anymore  

Today C and I went to a “real, live” quidditch tournament! Until this lovely opportunity landed itself in our laps, I was completely unaware that muggles had taken up the sport at all, and I was incredibly excited to find out how the game had been translated. I hoped it would be awesomely entertaining, and we were not disappointed. 

Here’s what we learned:

1. Yes, they do run around with broomsticks between their legs and, yes, it does look ridiculous. However, we reasoned that it also makes the game more impressive, because it is inevitably more difficult to throw/catch/run/tackle with a stick between your legs. 

2. The “snitch” in muggle quidditch is a dude dressed in all yellow with a tennis ball in a sock type thing hanging from the back of his gym shorts. In order to capture the snitch, the seekers must snatch the snitch away from the shorts. This proves to be quite entertaining. Within 5 minutes of our arrival today we saw one snitch loose his shorts in a rumble with the team seekers (image 1 in our photo set).

3. Quidditch is a very physical, full contact sport (see images 2 and 3), and there seem to be relatively few rules about what is considered a bad hit. We hadn’t been there too long before the medics had been called to the field for a fierce knee to the face (don’t worry, the player was OK), and that wasn’t the only time medical attention was needed that we saw. People were clotheslining each other left and right, and we saw more than a few snitches throw down with seekers. Also, when someone is injured on the field everyone has to put their brooms on the ground to stop play, because as I heard someone on the sidelines explain “you can’t fly with your stick on the ground." 

4. Like in the real game, the snitch can leave the field and the seekers can  pursue it. While we were there, three games were going on at once, and snitches were all over the place - running through multiple fields, down by the river, over at the concession stand. If I were a player I think I might have a difficult time trying to keep track of which snitch was mine. 

5. Quidditch as a sport seems to be quite popular. Teams participating in the tourney were from all over CA - Stanford, UCLA, Santa Barbara, Silicon Valley. Yes, teams seem to be characterized by a certain type of nerdiness, but its the kind of nerdiness that accompanies all Harry Potter related things - the kind that reaches across barriers and brings together nerds from many camps. I like that.

Conclusion: quidditch is a pretty intense sport that seems to strike a nice balance between competitive, painful, goofy and fun. All in all, quidditch day = good day.

Mark your calendars if you haven’t already, folks, because this tournament’s one for the history books (or out of the history books?) - Skidmore Quidditch presents to you our first official tournament: The Battle of Saratoga!

More info can be found on facebook, or just by asking skidmorequidditch@gmail.com.

Skidmore Quidditch is gonna be there. Skidmore Quidditch’s cool, quidditch-playing friends are gonna be there. Benedict Arnold and General John Burgoyne are probably not gonna be there, due to a sudden, incurable case of the dead, but I wouldn’t risk not showing up if I were you, because it’s going to be sweet.

See you then,

Skidditch

Feelings Every Beater Has Had

 If you’re a beater, you’ve been in all of these situations and then some. Keep your head up, folks. The rest of the team will never let it down if someone gets through your defense.

1. When you beat an opposing chaser on a fast break

Originally posted by iheartswagdouble


2. When you beat someone in the face for the first time

Originally posted by mkwicky


3. When you catch a bludger being thrown at you

Originally posted by geekylaugifs


4. When you’re guarding the snitch from the opposing seeker

Originally posted by jack-sym


5. When one of your chasers asks why you weren’t there to help on defense 

Originally posted by pixitapp


6. When you make a particularly good dodge

Originally posted by morethan10thingsihateaboutyou


7. When you hear your keeper shout “I need a beater!!!!!”

Originally posted by onision

ok but, harry potter but from oliver wood's pov

Oliver Wood and Who the Fuck Cares about Some Dumb Stone, Why is Our Seeker in the Hospital Wing???

Oliver Wood and YOU CAN’T CANCEL QUIDDITCH

Oliver Wood and Finally, Finally, Praise be to God, I Can Die a Happy Man

Oliver Wood and the Year They Ought to be Thankful I Graduated bc I Would Have Raised HELL about Some Dumb Tournament Cancelling Quidditch

Oliver Wood and Maybe the Dark Lord Has Returned but as Long as I’m Playing Quidditch it’s ‘Ight

Oliver Wood and Will There Still be Quidditch if the Dark Lord Reigns?

Oliver Wood and I Can’t Take the Chance, I’ll See You at the Battle of Hogwarts; Not Even Voldemort Cancels Quidditch

So my brother and I were just randomly talking about how Hermione’s time turner and if you spun it you would go back in time. Then my brother said

“What would happen if you turned it the other way?”

Just imagine all the stuff Harry could have stopped if he knew about the triwizard events and saved Cedric,and learned about the horcuxes way before his 6th year. And what if he stopped all of those deaths that were coming soon after the 4th book. What if he saved them all.

Some one write a canon about this.

Things That are Less Salty than a Seeker who Didn’t Get the Snitch

We’ve mentioned it before but there’s even more to say. Here’s a comprehensive list. Add your own, if that’s the kind of thing you’re into!

1. The bottom of a pretzel bag


2. Morton’s Table Salt


3. The Dead Sea


4. Movie Theater Popcorn


5. Himalayan Salt Mountains


6. Nicki Minaj at the 2015 VMAs (Miley, What’s Good?)


7. That woman from the bible


8. People on QuidSecrets


9. This Card Against Humanity

Ed sat on the steps of the front porch of the house, clearly caught up in his own thoughts. As someone passed by, he gave an uncharacteristically brief half-smile with no feeling behind it, his eyes barely even registering who was there before taking another sip of his beer.

10 Things Every Quidditch Player is Tired of Hearing

“Bruh get some originality.”

1) Wait, so, like Harry Potter?

*Sigh* “Yes. Like Harry Potter.”


2) How do you fly? 

Originally posted by gif-007

“We don’t. Yet.”


3) How does the snitch work?

Originally posted by mtv

“How much time do you have?”


4) Yeah, I’m a real athlete. 

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

(Does there even need to be a response here?) (We didn’t think so.)


5) *Insert Harry Potter pickup line here*

Originally posted by blann52

“Wow, that’s hilarious. If only I hadn’t already heard it 5268 times before.”


6) I’ll come watch you guys play sometime.

Originally posted by 369

“I’ll believe it when I see it.”


7) Hey, you ever heard of quidditch pong?

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

“Heard of it, played it, made it my bitch.”


8) Like role-playing? Isn’t it time you grew up?

Originally posted by disneylandwheredreamscometrue

“Isn’t it time you stopped being a dick?”


9) I don’t think I could tackle a girl.

Originally posted by tipsycode

“Well, they have no problem tackling you.”


10) So does that mean you’re a Gryffindor?

Originally posted by sw0rdle

“THERE’S MORE THAN ONE FUCKING HOUSE, OKAY?”


*Disclaimer: We actually love talking about quidditch, obviously. Most of the time, you can’t make us shut up.*

Capscien made her way to her podium, coming in a bit late for dinner that night. She raised a hand to hush the crowd, and the students reacted almost instantly–she had seemingly taught them the way she expected to be respected, and few had the nerve to challenge that.

“I have exciting news,” she informed them all. “It is time for our Quidditch tournament to begin!”

The students cheered; they’d been waiting for it to start for awhile now.

“The first game will be played next weekend, giving the two Houses a short time over a week to get in extra practices with their teams and professional helpers before they begin. We’ll be going by ranking in the regular season to determine who will be pitted against each other. Since Slytherin went undefeated, they will be playing in the second game against Hufflepuff, our underdog. This first game, then, will be between the second and third seeds: Gryffindor and Ravenclaw!”

Those two tables erupted in excited shouting, which made Marcela and a few other professors chuckle before they were quieted again.

“This weekend, we will be posting the tournament bracket, which will be updated upon every game. Please remember that this tournament is double elimination, so teams have to lose twice before they will be out of the tournament. House points, as well as MVP, will be awarded for every game just as in the regular season. Every team has a clean slate for the tournament, however, and whichever House comes up on top will claim the Hogwarts’ Quidditch Cup!”

With that, she excused herself from the podium, letting the Great Hall fall back into the bustle of ecstatic energy that seemed to be coursing through the place.

The People You Meet at Nationals

1. The Players

Originally posted by quidgif

They’ve been working towards this moment all year and they are ready to play. Most of them are here to kick ass, although a few of them manage to have fun as well. They can be identified by the blood, sweat, and tears staining their jerseys.


2. The Volunteers

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

Usually the friends of the players, the volunteers exchange a few hours of work for free admission and possibly a free meal. Some of actually good people who are trying to better the event. And some just drop by their assigned position for a moment before rushing off to catch another game. Identified by their cool volunteer t-shirts and generally frustrated (and reminiscent of those who work in retail) expressions.


3. The VIPs

Originally posted by broadwayboxcom

Sometimes these are the parents of the players, and sometimes they are simply locals who are really excited about quidditch. They sit separately from the rest of the spectators, as if they can’t stand the thought of associating with the lowly daily admissions or -gasp- the volunteers. Identifiable by their fancy VIP only tents and free food. Yeah, we’re all jealous. 


4. Harry and the Potters

Originally posted by harryandthepotters

Every year they come back, and every year we crowd together to enjoy the magic of wizard rock. When they’re not wrocking out, they can be found watching a game or manning their booth next to the Harry Potter Alliance. Identifiable by the snitchwitch in their hands. Catch it in your mouth.


5. The Family

Originally posted by nikk-mayson

There’s always a few, usually a family with young kids who love Harry Potter. The kids come in costumes, complete with robes, wands, and lightening scars. They love every minute, but the parents are sometimes concerned at just how physical quidditch is. Identified by the frazzled look on the mother’s face and the future cosplayer at her side.


6. The Vendors

Originally posted by nope-nope-nope

Includes Peterson, USQ merch and anyone else with a table in Vendor Village. If they’re a local vendor, they rarely have any idea what is going on. These guys are identified by the shell-shocked look on their faces. The old hats are used to the excitement and are no longer surprised to see players with concussions and other injuries carried past them. They can be identified by the marked-up merchandise on the table in front of them, obviously (It’s mostly good stuff, but you won’t be able to afford it without a deal from the devil).