A quidditch team is one part Harry Potter literary geeks and one part athletes who have been banned from every other college sport for unnecessary roughness.

The Chestnut Hill College team won the 2014 Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Cup.

If that sentence means nothing to you, you haven't read the Harry Potter books or seen the movies or spoken to a child in ten years. You should get out more. It's not all about Taylor Swift.

A quidditch team is one part Harry Potter literary geeks and one part athletes who have been banned from every other college sport for unnecessary roughness.

Here's a documentary (which means it's real) on the (real) college tournaments:

Transforming Harry Potter's fictional competition into a physically demanding, real-life sport, Quidditch has secured its place as one of the fastest growing collegiate club sports today. MUDBLOODS follows the resilient underdogs of the UCLA Quidditch team as they make their way to the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City. Through nail biting victories and losses, the dreamers, creators and athletes who make up this exceptional community come together to make this magical sport into something you could've never imagined, until now.
-- official website

This year's Love Cup Tournament is at Chestnut Hill College on October 17, 2015.

The documentary is available here.

Happy Halloween

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From The Weird Wide Web

In honor of Halloween, an excerpt from Walt Maguire's "Monkey See" about monsters and Halloweeny such things.

In honor of Halloween, an excerpt from "Monkey See" about monsters and Halloween such things.

TAUNTING: DO’S AND DON’TS

It might seem as if all you would need to taunt a deadly monster into a murderous rage would be cruelty and thoughtlessness, but there are subtleties involved. There aren’t many subtleties, but they can be important.

The first thing to keep in mind is safety. So many mad scientists poke their noses into areas mankind was never meant to explore, only to realize too late that there is a difference between plate glass and safety glass. Or remember a certain group of paparazzi setting off a certain rain of certain flashbulbs in the certain face of a certain giant ape, startling him into breaking certain chains, smashing his way out of a certain nightclub, and climbing a certain 103-story building in a certain New York City. It might have been Beauty what killed the Beast, but it was a celebrity interview that cheesed him off.

...continue reading "Taunting: Do’s and Don’ts"

Pub crawl Friday, kid stuff Saturday.

Chestnut Hill, PA, has the following:
Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College;
Harry Potter Festival in the town of Chestnut Hill;
a shuttle connecting them;
no actual chestnuts. There is a hill.

Friday, October 17
Harry Potter Pub Crawl

Saturday, October 18
Harry Potter Festival & Quidditch Tournament

Details at chestnuthillpa.com