The Wizarding World Of Muggle Quidditch
No Magic? No Problem!
GUEST WRITTEN BY JEYNA GRACE
While studying in Australia, Andrew Kasimir dabbled in futsal and ultimate frisbee—muggle sports, as the British wizarding community might call it. But on one seemingly uneventful day, Andrew stumbled upon a post on his university’s Facebook classifieds page. And just like that—the same magical moment when Hagrid broke through the door on Harry’s eleventh birthday—Andrew discovered the wizarding world of muggle quidditch.
Funnily enough, Andrew is not a Potterhead. He recalls being forced to watch all the Harry Potter films by his teammates when he first started playing. The irony, according to Andrew, is that “the majority of the players who end up staying for the sport are the ones who don’t like Harry Potter. At this point, I’m not sure if we can still call it a fictional sport. The community has distanced itself from the books on purpose since it was created in 2007.” And so for Andrew, he simply likes the sport for exactly what it is: a sport. He enjoys being able to meet people from all over the world, having travelled to Vietnam, Italy, and soon to South Korea for the Asian Quidditch Cup this coming July.
The Asian Quidditch Cup is one of the quidditch tournaments that takes place in the non-magical world biennially—the first tournament was held in Malaysia in 2016. But in Europe, you will find the Quidditch Premier League. And in the United States, the no-majs compete in the Major League Quidditch. Most quidditch tournaments are organised by the International Quidditch Association—the governing body for the sport that sets the official rules, lest Madam Hooch finds foul play on the Quidditch pitch. With such a sport gaining momentum, where does Malaysia stand in all of it?
Malaysia has its own quidditch team. The Malaysian team competed in the Quidditch World Cup in Florence, Italy last year. They ranked 18th out of 29 other teams, beating Switzerland, Ireland, and New Zealand. For Andrew, it was a dream come true since he started the Damansara Dementors in 2013—the only active team in Malaysia. With its humble beginnings, where the recruitment and weekly trainings started on a rocky road, the Damansara Dementors have come a long way! The Malaysian team, with representing players from the Damansara Dementors, took 3rd place in the last Asian Quidditch Cup in Hanoi, Vietnam. And this time, they hope to move up the ranks.
When asked why he enjoys playing quidditch, Andrew shared that despite the small quidditch community in Asia, “the best parts have been meeting new friends in the region and the opportunity to travel. The Asian Quidditch Cup gives us a chance to play with other players outside of Malaysia. I was actually one of the people involved in starting the Asian Quidditch Cup and it was that very reason; to give Asian teams an opportunity to develop and play together.” With more tournaments coming up, it seems muggle quidditch is here to stay! And with the ‘Malaysia Boleh’ spirit, we hope to see our Malaysian team take home the gold trophy at the Asian Quidditch Cup this year!
The author, Jeyna Grace, worked in the publishing industry for over four years, where she engaged with brands such as Disney and Mattel on licensed projects in Malaysia and Singapore. Her two fantasy novels, ‘The Battle for Oz’ and ‘The Slave Prince’, were published by Inkshares in 2015 and 2018 respectively. She also won the Geek & Sundry Fantasy contest in 2016 and was nominated as a CLEO HotShot in 2018.