Rais­ing funds

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Jayadev. cala­mur@ dnain­dia. net, @ NotJDSalinger

Although the sport has gained pop­u­lar­ity, it isn’t recog­nised by Warner Bros or Scholas­tic, the com­pa­nies that own Harry Pot­ter mer­chan­dise rights. This de­spite the fact that JK Rowl­ing has ac­knowl­edged the In­ter­na­tional Quid­ditch Fed­er­a­tion.

Or­gan­is­ers and play­ers lament the lack of funds to play the game. In fact, Benepe says, leagues charge mem­ber­ship dues and sell event tick­ets to raise money. “Teams con­duct fundrais­ers to pay for league costs. Na­tional teams also use fundrais­ing web­sites to get other play­ers and teams in the league for sup­port,” he says.

Play­ers also make the best of what they have. Ac­cord­ing to Bel­sole, many tend to make their brooms by tak­ing an old broom­stick and wrap­ping coloured pa­per around it. “Pro­fes­sional broom­sticks, which are now avail­able, are still ex­pen­sive,” he says.

“Rather than abate­ment, we’ve only seen ac­cel­er­at­ing in­ter­est in the game, which peo­ple are be­gin­ning to see as their own sport and not a fan­tasy reen­act­ment. Lofty claims, I know, but I’m very ex­cited, be­cause now is our time to be­gin prov­ing all of that,” Benepe had once said in an in­ter­view to Wired.

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