Friday, September 14, 2012
City park officials had barred Emerson College's quidditch club from using space on the Common for games and practices.
If it's a public space, shouldn't that mean anyone can use it? Boston Common officials banned Emerson College's quidditch team last week from practicing or playing games on the common, putting the team's season on the line and leaving them looking for a last-minute set of fields in the city, according to the Boston Globe. Quidditch, the sport inspired by the one played in the Harry Potter novels, is a seven-on-seven game where players run holding brooms, trying to shoot a deflated volleyball through upright hoops. It's now played at more than 300 schools across the country. Although the school has since been able to obtain a permit, the controversy remains over whether or not anyone should be able to use the fields without being …
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Emerson College's Quidditch and Hockey clubs face off in a Halloween spectacular on Boston Common.
(You've read our article now check out our Quidditch video to see those broomsticks in action!) Emerson College's World Cup Quidditch team is no stranger to stiff competition, having taken on some of the top teams in the International Quidditch Association during last year's World Cup. On Halloween weekend however, they met on Boston Common to take on an unfamiliar opponent: The Emerson College Hockey Club. How unfamiliar? Earlier that day, the hockey players didn't even know how Quidditch was played. Apparently, it's similar to soccer. The chasers, or forwards, attempt to throw a ball through their opponent's hoop, scoring their team 10 points, while being blocked by the beaters, or defenders. Oh, and there's one other thing: …
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Emerson College brings the once make-believe Harry Potter sport to life every Sunday on Boston Common.
Strolling through Boston Common on a Sunday afternoon, it's not unusual to see various groups of people participating in a multitude of physical activities. From kite flying to Ultimate Frisbee, and every sport in between. But you probably wouldn't expect to see a sport you thought only existed in a fantasy world: Quidditch. Yes, Boston Common is home to Emerson College's very own Quidditch league, comprised of five teams that play weekly in the fall and spring, bringing to life one of Harry Potter's favorite Hogwart extracurriculars. These real-life players have mastered all of the details, too, with the exception of flying, of course. "I always thought it looked goofy and thought it was a joke," said Emerson Junior and Quidditch …
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
This week: A rained-out Halloween party and the Common Cathedral convenes for Sunday Eucharist in front of the Brewer Fountain.
A look at some of the surprising things going on in your front yard.