Texas Muggles Want Quidditch to Become a High School Sport
While the 'Harry Potter' series is coming to an end, the students at Keller High School in Keller, Texas are hoping to keep it alive by getting Quidditch recognized as an official sport at their school.
"People don't really grasp that it's a legit sport. But, everybody thinks, especially at Keller high school, that it's really cool," Brooklyn George, one of the group's co-founders, told KDAF-TV.
The club, created and supported by a couple of enthusiastic faculty members, has 80 members and four teams: Slytherine, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff (obviously). Now its members are hoping to get the sport sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League (UIL), making it the fourteenth official high school sport.
"[Quidditch]'s getting people who may not have played sports before to play sports, and be physically active," said player Kati Polaski. However, sports like gymnastics, water polo and lacrosse are also vying from the same recognition from the UIL.
So how does Quidditch work among Muggles? The game is similar to what's shown in the movies. Players have to "ride" a broom, allowing them only able to handle the ball with one hand. Naturally, there's no flying involved, but the players use the same balls: the quaffle, the bludger and the golden snitch, with a twist.
"Our snitch is a person running around in all gold with a tennis ball in a sock tucked into a flag football belt," Kati explained.
The UIL still hasn't made a decision yet, but if it's accepted, Texas would become the first state to recognize Quidditch as an official high school sport. The committee wants to gauge the level of interest in the sport, so members have created a petition to present to the UIL. They plan on targeting at least 200 Texas schools for signatures.
What do you think? Should Quidditch be recognized as a high school sport? Do you think there are enough Potterheads in your town to create competitive teams? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.