Last weekend, 48 teams competed in the Quidditch World Cup in NYC. Harvard and Yale were the only teams from the Ivy League in attendance.
According to the Harvard Crimson, the Harvard Horntails finished 18thout of 48 teams. Hana Zegeye, co-captain of Yale’s team, told IvyGate that Yale “placed in the top 16 of the tournament.” I can only imagine how Professor Trelawney would use this as grounds for a prediction on the H-Y football game.
It was truly one of the best weekends of my life, and I couldn’t be prouder of my team! This was our first World Cup, and only second year as a team, so it was a really enriching experience, both veterans and new players alike. It really brought the entire Yale Quidditch team together, and we can’t wait to see where the rest of the year will take us. I give my kudos to the International Quidditch Association to putting on a fantastic cup all around. Matches aside, there was lots of times to meet and bond with other Quidditch players who were just as crazy, passionate, and Potter-obsessed as you, which was a wonderful experience itself.
(Nothing like jamming out to a Harry and the Potters’ Concert singing “Save Ginny Weasley” with like- minded people, I tell you.)
Harvard was the only other Ivy we saw at the cup and have played against in the past, but I’d love to see it spread to the rest of the schools. It’s really the easiest organization to start, since there is sure to be a great deal of enthusiasm at any college. All you need is a couple motivated people to get the wheel moving, and it really keeps rolling from there.
The Ivies were also represented at the midnight showing of the first installment of the seventh Harry Potter movie. At AMC Loewe’s theater in Lincoln Center, Columbia students were heard singing “Roar, Lion, Roar” and doing their own rendition of Potter Puppet Pals in the theater before the movie started.
Ryan Mandelbaum’s, a Columbia sophomore, Facebook status read:
You were wondering where Columbia’s Community is, I saw it waiting for the subway at the 86th Street Station at 2:30AM… Fresh out of the Harry Potter Premiere.
Yale also celebrated the midnight showing. Zegeye said, “I just read in the Yale Daily News this morning that Kat Lanigan ’13, a beater on our team and Yale Quidditch vet, was the first person in line for the premiere…bright and early at 2:30 PM.” Also, Zegeye estimated that 98.2% of the people in her theater were Yale students.
For all of those who have started the mourning process of the beginning of the end of Harry Potter mania, I suggest that you contemplate what Hogwarts would be like with the Internet and maybe start planning that Spring break trip to Harry Potter World.