This has been online for a while, but I just stumbled across it recently. The Harvard Crimson|Quidditch Team Works Budget Magic
Rush and team to-founder Alana J. Biden ’11 received a $600 club sports grant to fund their equipment, which, according to Rush, is the typical sum allotted to a club team. The team used the money to purchase two Quaffles (volleyballs in Muggle parlance), two Bludgers (kickballs), three hoops for use as goals, and 14 broomsticks. |
These brooms, which were the priciest item on the team’s shopping list, were purchased to comply with Intercollegiate Quidditch Association (IQA) regulations. The team bought 14 Scarlet Hawk brooms—for a total of $583.10—from Alivan’s, a Florida-based company that markets Harry Potter-themed products.
A wooden broom from Dickson Bros. True Value Hardware in Harvard Square costs between $7.49 and $12.49.
And schools complain because of major budget cuts...
As much as I want to say that this this just a group of kids having harmless fun, I can't shake the feeling that it's beyond ridiculous. I don't have anything against Harry Potter or quidditich... but the concept only works as long as you have magic balls and brooms. Now it's just a bunch of overgrown adolescents running around with brooms stuck in their undersides.
I have nothing against having fun...but it seems as if the initial comedic appeal of telling people that you play quidditch at Harvard would greatly outweigh the actual experience. Why don't they try club soccer or tennis or handball or.. anything that isn't this?