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Members of the quidditch team play a match as chasers hunt down the quaffle for a chance to score a goal.

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Quidditch is the sport of the wizard world where teams on broomsticks fly around and battle each other in the pursuit of catching the elusive golden snitch, a small winged ball. It is a game that involves a trip to a fantasy world, if you ever have any hope of playing, but with the help of a few brave muggles, the game has been redefined so even those who were born without the natural gift of magic can now enjoy it across the country including at A&M. “I have been a member of the quidditch team for two and a half years so far,” said Eric Willroth, a senior economics major. “I went to the MSC open house and there were people flying around on brooms everywhere and it looked very awesome so I went to check it out.”

A chaser scores a goal past the keeper.

The A&M quidditch team had its start in 2008. It began when two A&M students first heard of muggle quidditch by watching YouTube videos of the Middlebury quidditch team. They decided that they would start a team at A&M in honor of Harry Potter. The pair researched and found facebook groups related to A&M quidditch and received a replay from two other students who also wanted to create an Aggie quidditch team. After passing out fliers and recruiting some people they had their first practice that October. Since then, the team has made visits to the Quidditch World Cup in New York City and placed seventh out 22 teams in 2009. Even during the summer the team is hard at work at Anderson Park preparing

for future games and just to have fun. Quiddttch is a growing activity at A&M and attracts transfer as well as firstyear students. “I just came to A&M last year so this will be my second year,” said Luke Wigley, a sophomore kinesiology major. “I saw the A&M tournament back in high school and I really enjoyed that.” Students who have a fascination with the world of Harry Potter are encouraged to come out and play a match with the team and experience the magic. “A friend of mine said he was on the quidditch team and I always loved Harry Potter so I was determined to be on it,” said Nichole Galle, a senior kinesiology See Quidditch on page 2

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The Battalion Harry Potter mania is in full swing as the last installment of the epic finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two, broke the record this weekend, outselling the previous box office leader, The Dark Knight, with more than 10 million tickets sold. The newest addition to eight-part film series took in a sweeping $168.6 million in the North American box office, stealing the No. 1 spot as the biggest opening movie in history from the 2008 superhero film The Dark Knight that sold $158.4 million tickets nationwide. The series was launched more than a decade ago, starting with Harry Potter and the

Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001 as a reenactment of J.K. Rowlings seven-part book series. Sonny Nguyen, a senior electrical engineering major, saw the final installment Saturday and said that he was proud to be play a part in breaking box office ticket sales for a movie series he has been following since he was 12. “It was awesome to say that I was there on box office weekend and was able to help the movie achieve such an amazing accomplishment,” Nguyen said. “Many people my age grew up with that movie, and to see it through to the end was something that was very memorable to experience.” Nguyen said it makes sense that these two movies reached See Potter on page 3

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something she could easily identify with because the characters closely correlated to her age--making them seem real. “When your eleventh birthday hits I think everyone secretly wishes that they are going to receive the fateful letter from Hogwarts saying you were accepted,” Reynolds said. “Once I read the first book I was immediately consumed, I grew up with Harry Potter.”

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once she finished she would always encourage me to read them,” White said. “We would always go see the movies together and talk about the books, I think we were both really attached to them.” Hannah Reynolds, a senior biophysics major, said that she started reading Harry Potter at the age of 10 and was always captivated by the wizardry world. Reynolds said the books were

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mitment to read in order to find out how they all end.” White said the books are not just a way to delve into a make believe world of fantasy. She believes reading the books and watching the movies are ways to bring people together, especially since they were a great conversation starter for herself and her sister. “My sister started reading the books when she was in middle school and

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Voldemort can’t kill Harry with his own wand because they conveniently share the same core, but he can’t throw a boulder at Harry with his wand? He can’t just strangle him or shoot him with a gun? Harry presumably wouldn’t be able to attack Voldemort with his wand either. How do the students in Harry Potter manage to stay alive using the same four spells for seven books? One would expect battling dark wizards require more than first grade spell knowledge. Isn’t casting expelliarmus against those using the killing curse akin to bringing a knife to a gunfight? Getting past the jumble of conflicting, confusing and nonsensical twists in the Harry Potter series still leaves Rowling’s attempt the develop the series intellectually as its readers aged. This last minute effort to add depth to an otherwise shallow series rears its ugly head most obviously in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. The Ministry of Magic quickly develops into the full-blown wizardry equivalent of Nazi Germany, seeking out mudbloods in what comes across as a desperate and half-hearted attempt at addressing a serious issue. After avoiding any romantic development for six books, Ron and Hermione, without warning, become an inseparable item, allowing Rowling to put a check mark by love story on her to do list. Dobby makes an appearance long enough to die and remind everyone he is free once again shortchanging a serious topic in an effort to add meaning to a series that had previously only been fun. Then the last, and saddest attempt to add cultural depth, Rowling announced after her last book that Dumbledore had never married or had kids because he was gay. There is little in the books to indicate this but why not give another half-hearted aside to a politically contentious issue if it will create hype and add to the coffers. The Harry Potter series is fun and entertaining but incredibly overrated. The only true magic in the series is that it managed to develop such a massive a following over a decade with the literary depth of a Jell-O cup.

Taylor “Grumbledore� Wolken: The many reasons Harry Potter is overrated arry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two, the series finale and culmination of fourteen years of Pottermania, smashed box office records over the weekend with $168.6 million in North American sales besting The Dark Knight. This begs the question, “What has happened to literature?� The Potter series is a far cry from literary classics, which captivated the hearts and minds of children and adults alike. The Chronicles of Narnia gripped the imaginations of kids and still inspires intellectual debate with its themes. The Lord of the Rings created a dynamic new world full of thoughtful and developed characters in an iconic struggle between good and evil. Harry Potter is just fun. Throughout the series, Rowling struggles with consistency. Plot holes and literary gimmicks abound. How does Voldemort recover his wand, which is presumably lost when he originally attempts to kill Potter and destroys himself? Why is it never again convenient to use the time-turner after Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban? Wouldn’t this be a great device to save dear old Sirius from his mysterious demise and prevent your friends from falling into an ambush? Are we supposed to believe Barty Crouch Jr. drank polyjuice potions for an entire school year to impersonate Alastor Moody and change the tri-wizard cup into a port key rather than grabbing Harry and appaorating with him from Hogsmeade? Why doesn’t anyone believe Harry didn’t kill Cedric Diggory after his death when it is possible to check the last spells cast by Harry’s wand? If the Ministry of Magic can tell when Harry casts a patronus charm during a break from school, wouldn’t they be able to tell if he cast the killing curse? Why do the deathly hallows play such a small role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? Why do the three hallows combined allow one to conquer death but in the deathly hallows tale, the cape alone allowed its first owner to escape death?

Taylor Wolken is a junior economics major and editor-in-chief of The Battalion.

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