Quidditch to return to Hudson Library for local witches, wizards

by SOPHIE KRUSE | Reporter Published:

UPDATE 8/12/14 at 1:45 p.m.: Due to weather, the Quidditch was cancelled Monday and rescheduled for Thursday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. It will still be at the Hudson Library & Historical Society.

Local witches, wizards and Muggles rejoice -- the second annual Quidditch match at the Hudson Library & Historical Society will return for Quidditch players from Hudson, Stow, Peninsula, Cuyahoga Falls and Twinsburg.

Players will be dusting off their Firebolt and Nimbus 3000 brooms for the game, which will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 11 at the green space behind the Hudson Library & Historical Society, 96 Library St.

While writer J.K. Rowling released the final title in the seven-book Harry Potter series on June 21, 2007, the magic from within the pages has lived on.

For the Muggles who didn't read up on "Quidditch Through the Ages," Quidditch is a game from the Harry Potter series, where witches and wizards would fly on brooms -- trying to score by getting the Quaffle in a series of hoops, avoid getting hit by a Bludger and seeking the Golden Snitch to win the game.

The games at the library will be structured a little different, due to the players' inability to fly.

"Think of it as freeze tag meets basketball," said Amelia Yunker, head of children's and young adult services at the library.

Throwers will try to gain possession of the balls and get them through hoops, which the keepers are guarding. Taggers are trying to tag those throwing. If a player is tagged, they must freeze and drop the ball.

A key component of the game is the golden snitch, which will be thrown in to play throughout the game. If the seeker finds it, the team will be awarded extra points.

Games will last about 10 to 12 minutes, and Yunker expects the entire Quidditch event to last around two hours.

Each team will play an equal number of times, and the team with the most points will win the bragging rights.

There are nearly 65 children signed up, all in fourth through ninth grades. There are around 20 players signed up from Hudson -- who are the reigning Quidditch champions.

The games began at the Hudson Library last year when the library had a week filled of Harry Potter-themed events thanks to receiving the Harry Potter's World display from the National Library of Medicine, and is returning after players requested that it happen again. Other activities included book discussions, trivia, an animal show, a chemistry class and a birthday celebration for Harry.

This will be the only Harry Potter-themed event at the library this year.

"We had such a great response and wanted to do it again," said Yunker. "It's very obvious to us that this will be a new staple."

While players are already signed up, Yunker encourages everyone to come out and watch the games.

The rain date for the event will be Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. in the same location.

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