Quidditch Takes Off at Syracuse

But not everyone on the team plays for the love of the sport. Freshman Kaytie Norman started playing Quidditch because she couldn't get enough Harry Potter. She stuck with it for a different reason.

"There's no pressure, we're not all that competitive with one another we're just here for fun," she said. "So, if you're not very good—like half the team—you can still have a blast."

And Quidditch-lovers say having a blast is what it's all about.

"It's just a hell of a lot of fun. Just go out, buy the stuff, show up somewhere, and see if other people will join you," says Shields. You can watch it grow from nothing to something really worthwhile."

Even students who have never witnessed a real-life Quidditch game seem intrigued by the match.

"You've got to hand it to them, not being able to fly is an obstacle but they're not letting that hold them back," says passerby Adam Brooks. "They're looking past it and having a great time."

Capes Optional

So, while playing Quidditch might call for you to step out of your comfort zone, Norman says it's definitely worth it.

"It's ridiculous to not do something just because you're afraid that other people are going to think it's weird," she says, laughing. "Other than the fact that we're playing the game, there's almost nothing Harry Potter about it. We don't think we're the characters or anything."

Shields says all you need to form your own team is some PVC piping, duct tape, hula hoops, brooms and a group of friends. Capes are optional.

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