College teams bring Quidditch to life

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SAVANNAH, Ga. --- The casual observer might struggle to make sense of a dozen college kids, broomsticks between legs, galloping around Forsyth Park, hurling painted volleyballs at hoops in mid-stride.

To any Harry Potter enthusiast, however, there's a method to the madness.

Quidditch, the high-flying, lacrosse-like sport featured in J.K. Rowling's novels about a young wizard, has created a buzz since Savannah College of Art and Design student Jasmine Horn formed the Savannah Quidditch League.

Contests are hard-fought, but Ms. Horn says it's more about the process than the outcome.

"For a lot of us, as we grow up, we try to hold on to some of that childhood fun," she said. "We're usually busy with schoolwork and other concerns, so it's nice to go outside and do something silly and fun."

This spring, the contingent traveled to Athens for a match with the University of Georgia's team. Ms. Horn has designs of someday competing in a tournament at Vermont's Middlebury College, which pioneered the fictional sport's intercollegiate adaptation.

In the fall months, pickup matches have taken place every few weeks at Forsyth Park.

The game's popularity was evident Sunday.

At first, it seemed there wouldn't be enough contestants to field complete teams. But as Ms. Horn began assigning positions -- chasers, beaters, keepers, seekers and a snitch -- and enumerating the complex rules, new players trickled in. Before long, three full matches were in the books.

"It's really cool that it's a fantasy game that we're bringing to life," said Areya Simmons, breathless after a game. "Decades in the future, when the technology has developed ways to make brooms and balls fly, the game will be even more incredible."

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/21/08 - 04:40 am
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At first read, I thought this

At first read, I thought this was a good thing for these college students to do, rather than engage in worse things like taking drugs. But, the more I thought about it, are they playing this game to stay off of drugs, or are they already ON drugs when they're playing it???

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426Hemi 10/21/08 - 07:56 am
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Whta's the point of your

Whta's the point of your question? Same could apply to any game or computers for that matter. Is there a religious tone here, and this harmless game doesn't sit well with you?

karmakills123
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karmakills123 10/21/08 - 08:30 am
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I would like to see one of

I would like to see one of these games...love the HP books and am interested how they interpertate the game.

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voluptuously_auburn1 10/21/08 - 12:16 pm
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Would be interested in seeing

Would be interested in seeing this game brought to Augusta

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/21/08 - 03:23 pm
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426Hemi, take it easy! I was

426Hemi, take it easy! I was trying to make a joke! Good grief! I guess I hit a little too close to a nerd...uh, I mean a nerve! Seems like you're just trying to pick a fight. No, no religious tone, no point trying to be made, and no, I don't care about this harmless game. Okay?? Have you calmed down? Or am I to expect some Harry Potter incantation to be vexed upon me? Darn, there I go again! Alright, enough of me being a jerk and ticking you off. You obviously think alot of this topic and this game.

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