Hobby Spot / by Danielle Jones

HOBBY SPOT IS A NEW FEATURE EXPLORING HOBBIES AND INTERESTS FOR PEOPLE TO TRY OUT IN NEWCASTLE. IN OUR BUSY LIVES IT’S EASY TO FORGET THAT TRYING SOMETHING NEW CAN LEAD TO A SATISFYING HOBBY TO BALANCE OUT WORK WITH PLAY. NEWCASTLE IS HOME TO MANY HOBBY AND INTEREST GROUPS WHICH YOU PROBABLY DON’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT! EACH MONTH WE WILL LOOK AT A NEW HOBBY OR INTEREST. FROM THE TRADITIONAL TO THE UNIQUE, THE HISTORICAL TO THE MODERN, THE PHYSICAL, MENTAL OR CREATIVE ACTIVITY, WE WILL EXPLORE SOMETHING FUN TO DO AND FIND OUT ABOUT VARIOUS GROUPS AND CLUBS IN NEWCASTLE WHO CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO JOIN.

TODAY, LET’S DUST OFF OUR BROOMSTICKS AND TALK QUIDDITCH!

Quidditch is a fictional sport from the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling, in which players fly around on broomsticks, score goals, dodge bludgers and seek snitches. What you may not realise is that since 2005, Quidditch has been made a non-fictional sport.

Played on the ground with a broomstick held between the legs as a handicap, Muggle Quidditch has the same essential team members as Harry Potter Quidditch. Three chasers try to score goals by throwing a “quaffle” (usually a volleyball) through hoops. Goal keepers defend said goals. Beaters simultaneously try to pummel chasers with “bludgers” (dodge balls), whilst defending their own chasers from opposing team attacks. If a chaser gets hit by a bludger, they must drop the quaffle and run to their own goalpost and back to simulate a recovery time. Finally, the seeker seeks the elusive “snitch”, which in Muggle Quidditch is a person, affiliated with neither team, who has a ball in a sock hanging from their shorts. Catching the snitch ends the game and awards the catching team 30 points.

The Newcastle Quidditch Society (NQS) runs a social league based out of the University of Newcastle. To find out more information visit the NQS Facebook page, found at facebook.com/NewcastleQS. Here you can find out when training sessions, games and introductory sessions are coming up, so you can go along and see what it is all about. If you are interested in playing there are two steps:

1. Become an NQS member, by signing up and paying $2. This can either be done during O-Week at the University or at any other time by contacting NQS via Facebook or email. You do not need to be a university student to join!

2. Get a team together or ask NQS if there is a team in need of a player.

If you decide to get your own team together you need at least 7 team members: Three chasers, Two Beaters, a Seeker and a Keeper, plus a sub (highly recommended). Someone will need to be delegated as captain. The team must also have a name and uniforms, but check with NQS first so you don’t double up.

Quidditch has its own enthusiastic community where you will meet like minded people and have a ton of fun. It is a truly unique sport which would suit Harry Potter fans, role playing enthusiasts and sports lovers alike.