Professor Carol Lind, Department of English, has taken an active interest in Illinois State’s newest sport, a groundbreaking adaptation to the beloved Harry Potter sport, Ground Quidditch. Lind serves as the faculty adviser to the team, which is divided into four houses, each named after the Houses featured in the series. The Houses are Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Huffelpuff, and Slytherin. Illinois State’s teams are hoping to join the International Quidditch Association next year. Until then, they are content with competing in their first intercollegiate invitational at Purdue, competing against Transylvania, Loyola, Bowling Green, Carthage, Miami of Ohio, Ball State and, of course, Purdue. Even though Illinois State was the newest team on the field, they took home third place.
Ground Quidditch is a little different than the Quidditch featured in Rowling’s novels, for obvious reasons. The players run on the ground using a volleyball and dodge ball in place of the Quaffle and Bludgers, which are mentioned in the book. The most important ball, the Golden Snitch, is played by a neutral human being with a tennis ball stuffed in a sock running all over the field. Students and faculty alike have enjoyed the positive response they have received for their efforts. Ground Quidditch began in 2005 at Middlebury College in Vermont and is now played at more than 200 colleges in 45 states. The attempt to recreate this beloved sport and bring it to life is a testament to how much the Harry Potter books have changed the literary world.