Jessica Ma

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Quidditch: the Latest Sport to Sweep College Campuses Nationwide

When most people hear Quidditch, they think of the cultural phenomenon that is theĀ Harry Potter novels by J. K. Rowling. In the book series, Quidditch is (literally) a magical sport played on flying broomsticks. The simple fact that it’s played in midair should have kept the game strictly in the world of fiction. But ever since 2005, when Middlebury College created Muggle Quidditch, the game has gained increasing popularity among college campuses across the country.

According to the International Quidditch Association, which organizes teams and leagues, “over 300 universities and high schools throughout North America, Australia, and Europe” play Quidditch. And Hofstra University is no exception.

These videos focus on Adam Kwestel, a sophomore at Hofstra, who plays as both the Keeper (think goalie) and a Chaser (they score points) for the Hofstra Flying Dutchmen Quidditch team.