Quidditch, the indecipherable sport from Harry Potter, is set to catch the golden snitch in the United Kingdom.
Nearly 20 years after the sport debuted in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone in the states — I DON’T WANT TO GET ANY EMAILS ABOUT THAT), Quidditch, the sport in which I have no idea how it’s played, now has an organized, competitive league in the UK. The Quidditch Premier League takes its cues from the U.S.’s Major League Quidditch, meaning it will host high-level competitions and, presumably, offer a rule book explaining why anyone would bother doing anything in this game other than try to catch the golden snitch.
“The Quidditch Premier League will bring a new level of competitive play to the summer months in the United Kingdom. Exact dates are yet to be confirmed, but our tentative schedule for the inaugural season begin in early July 2017 and end in late August 2017.
Inspired by the success of Major League Quidditch in the United States, we will have regional divisions with teams competing against each other in a regular schedule. Each fixture will comprise of three matches, where each team plays the other three teams in the division. The QPL season will conclude with a scintillating championship weekend, bringing the teams from each division together to crown a champion.
Though a UK league has been demanded for years, nobody has truly attempted to bring a project of this scale to British quidditch players across the country. That is, until now.”
Why they don’t include in this explanation is why everyone on the team doesn’t just try and catch the golden snitch. Like, it just seems like that part of the game was included to give Harry an easy way to save the day."
As mentioned, the QPL will be broken down into two divisions: North and South.
- The London Monarchs – after the residing Royal Family in the capital
- The Southwest Broadside – after the seafaring and piratical history in the area
- The Southeast Knights – after the legacy of the Battle of Hastings
- The Eastern Mermaids – after the many ‘drowned cities’ off the eastern coast
- The Northern Watch – after the iconic Hadrian’s Wall
- The Yorkshire Roses – after the region’s famous symbol
- The East Midlands Archers – after the legend of Robin Hood
- The West Midlands Revolution – after the heritage of the Industrial Revolution
They even added this handy infographic, which helps explain why anyone would waste their time doing anything other than catching the snitch, getting the most points, and ending the game, but hey, I guess it’s better not to ask such questions.
But why doesn’t the whole team just go after that thing? It seems easier than trying bat a ball into a hoop.