CLORG Spotlight: Muggle Quidditch

By Ariel Bloomer ’12, Staff Writer Scripps is now home to the most magical of new 5C clubs, Muggle Quidditch. The team name, the Dirigible Plums, is a reference to magical fruits that grow upside down and purportedly “enhance the ability to accept the extraordinary” (according to Luna Lovegood’s quirky father). The idea for the club came from Amy Borsuk (’14), who learned more about the fictional sport while fact-checking an article on gender equity in Quidditch for Ms. Magazine during an internship this summer.

Muggle Quidditch, a game based on the high-flying wizarding sport of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, is played on college campuses around the world. Quidditch rules and tournaments are administered by the International Quidditch Association, a non-profit organization founded in 2005. The International Quidditch Association is sponsoring the 5th Quidditch World Cup this November in New York, with 100 teams (approximately 2,000 athletes) attending. Southern California schools with Quidditch teams include Occidental College, UCLA, USC and Moorpark College.

Though the new 5C team won’t be headed to the World Cup, attendance of this event may serve as a long-term goal for the club. With only four practices held so far, the team’s goal for this first semester is to hold their first game on Nov. 19. Another goal for the Quidditch team this year is to be able to participate in spring tournaments, like last year’s Western Cup in Los Angeles.

Borsuk, who is a self-described Ravenclaw “with a smidge of Gryffindor,” said that one of the great aspects of Quidditch is that “it’s a community where everyone knows they have something in common.” That “something” being a love of Harry Potter. Though the sport can be physically demanding, “it’s also really silly,” Borsuk said. She went on to describe the average 5C Quidditch player as enthusiastic and determined—“a blend of a Hufflepuff and Gryffindor,” which is not to say other houses aren’t welcome, of course.

The team continues to welcome new members (of both the magical and muggle variety). Practice is held every Saturday at 2 p.m. on the Scripps soccer field. For more information, check the official team Facebook page “5C Quidditch 2011-2012.”