The sisters of Phi Mu brought a bit of Harry Potter to life when they hosted Quidditch for Kids in the Mahaney Dome on Saturday. The event was open to all students, with proceeds going to Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Children’s Miracle Network.
The ground-style Quidditch tournament was the first the University of Maine campus has seen and Phi Mu wasn’t the only organization considering this event. Campus Activities and Student Engagement were working to put on a similar tournament, so the organizations pooled their resources to bring this fun-filled event to life for a good cause.
Teams, consisting of seven players, had a $35 an entrance fee. In total, the event raised about $180 dollars for The Children’s Miracle Network.
In past years, Phi Mu has put on a basketball free throw tournament during fall as an event for charity.
“I wanted to try something new,” said Lindsey Dryer, Phi Mu’s philanthropic chair. “It’s fun. It’s something that our campus hasn’t seen before, and I think it is something a lot of people will get into.”
Four teams participated in the tournament. Although the event was open to all students, all of the teams were affiliated with Greek life.
The Delta Tau Delta fraternity brought two teams to the arena: The Chamber of Secretes and The Neville Schlongbottoms. Kappa Sigma showed excitement with their Prisoner of Azkaban team, while the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority brought some girl power with their team, The Unicorns.
Delta Tau Delta’s Chamber of Secretes won the final game against the Prisoners of Azkaban to claim their title as Quidditch champions.
At first glance the sport looked like an average handball game; but if you looked closely, the traces of Harry Potter culture were evident. Players ran after the opposing team on brooms in correlating gold and red, with a trio of hoops at each end of the field.
The goal — catch the snitch. Once the snitch was caught, the game was over. And no, there wasn’t a golden sphere fluttering around the field. Instead, each team had one player dressed in yellow to play the role of the snitch.
As a ground adaptation of Quidditch, the snitches were allowed to leave the dome, with certain parameters denoted around campus.
Delta Tau Delta president Tim Aguilar describes his experience as a snitch: “I had a wrestling match out on the middle of the mall … it was hilarious!” When asked if he would partake in this event again, Aguilar answered, “Absolutely.”
While this event was completely Harry Potter inspired, it’s clear you didn’t have to be a fan of the book and film series to partake in the fun. “I’m having a blast,” said brother of Delta Tau Delta Kyle Stetson, even though he said he hadn’t thought of Harry Potter in years.
Though the turnout for this event was on the smaller side, Phi Mu is certain it will gain momentum in coming years. “I think there are a lot of people who would be really interested in it. … It’s the first year, so we’re still getting things off the ground,” said Gabriella Butts, a sister of Phi Mu.
“We are looking to make it an annual event as our fall philanthropy every year,” said Dryer, who was pleased with the excitement the first year brought.
Other schools in the region have been playing ground-style Quidditch tournaments for sometime, but all participants were glad to see UMaine finally jump on board.
Erich Engelhart, another Delta Tau Delta brother, even joked, “Maybe it will become a [Division I] sport.”