When J.K. Rowling first typed out the initial manuscript of Harry Potter way back in 1995 it’s almost certain she couldn’t have expected the unimaginable wealth, fame, and influence her work would bring her. The impact of Harry Potter was profound and resulted in 6 sequel books, 8 film adaptations, and a nearly endless stream of videogames, toys, apparel, and more.
What is perhaps even more amazing is what Rowling chose to do with her new-found wealth. She went from being in one of the poorest demographic brackets in the UK to making an estimated 1.6 million dollars daily. However, instead of remaining a billionaire, Rowling donated so much of her wealth to charitable causes that she actually knocked herself off the world’s billionaire list (you can read more about that here.)
Perhaps the most endearing imagery of the series comes from the well-loved scenes that describe the aeronautical wizard sport of Quidditch. The rules to Quidditch are fairly simple but rely on magical flying brooms and self guided flying balls that at first blush appear to limit this sport to the fantastical worlds of books and movies. However, thanks to the imagination and passion of enterprising fans a “muggle” version of the game has been developed so that people without access to magic can still participate.
According to the USQ (United States Quidditch league) the sport is best described in this way:
“Quidditch is a co-ed contact sport with a unique mix of elements from rugby, dodgeball, and tag. A quidditch team is made up of seven athletes who play with brooms between their legs at all times. While the game can appear chaotic to the casual observer, once familiar with the basic rules, quidditch is an exciting sport to watch and even more exciting to play.”
Sound like fun? Check out this UCLA promotional video to see if this is something you’d like to try out.