The Future of Quidditch is Kidditch
Now, while that might seem very obvious, I will explain why this statement needs to be taken more seriously.
Many Quidditch players complain about their game not being taken as seriously as some other sports. In order to give Muggle Quidditch a wider appeal, and for it to be taken seriously, I have three suggestions
1. Play without brooms
2. Play without a Snitch
3. Don’t call it “Quidditch”
Now, needless to say, no one is willing to make these changes. But the fact is, if you are in the Harry Potter generation, you are either a) totally down with how Muggle Quidditch is played or b) look down upon it as some silly Harry Potter sport.
This sort of natural prejudice is inevitable in our generation, but this division between fan - not fan is what even allowed the sport of Quidditch to be formed.
The younger generation has not yet been divided amongst these lines. To them Harry Potter is just some book/movie, not necessarily even a popular book/movie.
They will NOT look down at Quidditch because it came from a book or movie.
Most Quidditch players agree that when playing Quidditch, they rarely think of its Harry Potter origins. The sport becomes a game in itself, and the enjoyment after a while comes not from the fact that it was once a Harry Potter sport, but rather from the beauty of the game itself.
The younger generation is not inbuilt with this division with fan-notfan categories, and so it is much easier to convince them to take Quidditch seriously.
The younger generation is key. If we manage to enlighten them about the sport of Quidditch, Quidditch will go to a whole new level. If not, then Muggle Quidditch will die out, and all that will remain in the players’ hearts are memories of the old days and a vision of what could have been.
Thing is, not many kids would even be into TRYING Quidditch if it weren’t CALLED Quidditch and associated with Harry Potter. There are still a LOT of really young and passionate HP fans out there. I think the fact that it’s Quidditch is what’s keeping people interested in trying it. Otherwise it’s just another sport, and a relatively unpopular one at that.
I think Quidditch is so far serving a very niche group, which is ok, but I do want it to grow, especially with Kidditch because I can see that being really helpful with kids who might not like the atmosphere or personalities in some team sports (this is based on personal experience I am biased here).
The Broooers do several Kidditch outreaches a year. We so far have been invited yearly to a nearby middle school to teach Quidditch, we help at Vassar’s “I Won’t Grow Up Day” against child abuse by hosting Kidditch and helping out with the events of the day, when our campus is inundated by adorable kids and more and more kids and gosh I don’t know how to deal with so much adorable! And we sometimes get invited to other middle schools/events : D I think it is an important part of giving back to the community, which is something every sports team should do, really!
Also I want my kids to play Quidditch. Seriously. It has to stay alive, you just know I’m going to read the HP books to them as well!
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