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Reasons for HP in the Classroom, Part Two: Intercollegiate Quidditch

Philip Nel, a bad-ass children’s lit god, observed that Harry Potter created an entire musical genre (wizard rock).  I wonder if it will also create an official NCAA intercollegiate sport.  Now, I’ve stayed away from real-world Quidditch because I imgaine it’s more or less handball with a broomstick jammed between your thighs, but this makes it appear much more epic than I originally thought possible:

According to the website, my school only has a “new team,” which is strange given how it’s both sports- and obscure-club-oriented.  I have to say I think it would be a much more exciting sport if we traded in the broomsticks for roller blades (the broomsticks seem like a formality anyway), and played it in a roller rink.  Sure, the potential for bruised organs and broken bones is multiplied exponentially, but we’re aiming for realism, aren’t we?

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Wizard Rock Makes the Midwest Seem Relevant

See how he rocks.

I’ve been telling myself recently that if I end up at Kansas State (fingers crossed), at least I’ll be able to say that I live in Manhattan.  In all seriousness, I think the Midwest is a myth and am yet unconvinced that it really exists.  We have a tendency to look over this U.S. region because we’re probably sleeping as the plane heads from one coast to the other.  But in doing so we’ve missed what has to be the most kick-ass benefit in all of Harrydom:  Kansas State’s third annual Hallows and Horcruxes Ball.

I can’t say I’m quite familiar with wizard rock (YET), but this would have been a great opportunity to learn more about it.  Wizards and muggles alike came together to listen to the stylings of The Remus Lupins, The Parselmouths, The Moaning Myrtles, Ministry of Magic, Justin Finch and Fletchley and the Sugar Quills, The Whomping Willows, and Gred and Forge.  The best part?  This was all for First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides disadvantaged children with books, and last year’s ball raised more than $1,000.

I propose we take this out of the Midwest and take it to the national level.  We can call it Wormwoodstock, and it would attract Potter fanatics from all over the country.  We can hold it on the White House lawn.  I’m sure Obama wouldn’t mind.