Playing by the rules
Inspired by the sport in Harry Potter, muggle quidditch has become a a global sport, finds Jayadev Calamur
Agarwal’s pictures appear as if a real game of quidditch is being played; a few tricks were used to give them a magical feel Much like wizard quidditch, muggle quidditch has a team of seven players: three chasers, two beaters, a keeper and a seeker. The chasers, who would throw the quaffle ( a spherical object) into hoops in the original game, now throw a volleyball into hula hoops that act as goalposts.
Belsole recalls his time as a chaser with his team. “They would call me ‘ bullet’,” he proclaims, adding that the initial bit of balancing a broom and throwing a ball into a hula hoops was tough, at first. “Obviously, we cannot fly, so we run with the broom between our legs.” Much like the original game, the keeper stands in front of the hoops to prevent the ball from entering.
While the chasers score, the beaters aim to throw a ball, called the bludger, at you. In wizarding quidditch, beaters would use a bat to smack the bludger in the direction of the chaser or the seeker in order to distract them. But in the muggle variant of the game, beaters throw dodge balls at their opponents.
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