Life on Long Island
Anyone for Quidditch?
On the morning of Friday, Nov. 23, several light posts throughout Huntington Village played host to freshly hung advertisements, letting passersby know that fans of Quidditch can take advantage of a new league ready to roll out on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The first practice of the Hogwarts Quidditch of Long Island (HQL) league is scheduled for that day from 9:30 -11 a.m., and anyone 16 and over is eligible to join.
For those unfamiliar with the sport of “Quidditch,” it is a game born of the “Harry Potter” series of books and movies, created by author J.K. Rowling. During a match of the sport (at which Harry excels as a player in the Potter stories), each team fields seven players at different positions (three “chasers,” two “beaters,” a “keeper” and a “seeker”) – all of which are involved in a game that, while a bit complicated to explain quickly, in a nutshell involves scoring goals — that is, scoring goals while flying on broomsticks.
As one would probably imagine, the real-life version of Quidditch does not necessitate actual flight. Instead, the game has been adapted for ground play (with contestants still carrying a broomstick between their legs, but while running), and during the past couple of years the Island has already seen some spirited Quidditch competitions take place on various college campuses — but if the HQL’s plans work out as intended, bouts will be popping up around both Nassau and Suffolk counties by winter’s end.
The HQL is looking to fill out eight teams, and is also open to people joining to either cheer as a member of the league’s “spirit squad” or to appear in games as “snitches” — which in the Potter world are globes that move on their own and are quite difficult to corral; here anyone who chooses to play as a snitch would serve as a human representation of that aforementioned, self-propelled game piece.
The Dec. 8 practice is set to take place at the field next to the New Bethany Baptist Church (510 Commack Rd., Islip). The cost to join is $45 for the year, and the cost of team uniforms are to be covered personally by the participants (registration is open all year). Players are advised to dress warmly; for more details email the HQL at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/ hogwarts-quidditch-long-island.
*Stony Brook University students, wearing red, compete in a game of Quidditch against players from the University of Vassa from Finland, at Stony Brook University. Stony Brook won 40-0. (Feb. 22, 2011)