NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Are you still waiting for your Hogwart's acceptance letter? Well, look no further because the wizarding world of Harry Potter is about to hit Nacogdoches with a brand new Stephen F. Austin University Quidditch team.
Now, it's actually Muggle Quidditch, meaning non-magical, but the sport, which is a mixture of soccer, football, tag and dodge ball is well known all over the world with the International Quidditch Cup airing live next weekend from Myrtle Beach, SC.
So, it might seem silly to some to run around a soccer field with a broomstick between your legs. But , when it comes to Harry Potter fans, there's nothing silly about a game of Quidditch.
"The sport is originally fictitious and unfortunately our brooms can't fly. So, we stay on the ground and it's really fun and yeah, we're kind of nerdy but, it keeps us from getting too serious," said Jason Gray, a student at SFA.
Although not competitive yet, the SFA team says they will be come fall.
"There's just a big enough demand here and enough people wanted to play and Sam Houston has a team, which is enough of an incentive to get a team and beat them," Gray said.
The game of Quidditch can be simple. The chasers pass the Quaffle, or volleyball, to other players to score points. The keepers protect the goals and the beaters attempt to hit the opposing team's players with bludgers, or dodgeballs.
Now, the game might seem chaotic at first but, the biggest challenge is for each teams seeker. Now, in the Harry Potter world the seeker has to catch the golden snitch but, in real world, it can be anything including a person. The biggest challenge is that snitch can go anywhere they want.
But Quidditch isn't the only thing Harry Potter related on campus.
"The Harry Potter Alliance is a wonderful nonprofit organization that we wanted to get here on campus because basically the Harry Potter Alliance brings together a bunch of people from all different fandoms. You have Harry Potter fans, you have Hunger Games fans. Basically if you are a fan of anything in pop culture you find a place in the Harry Potter Alliance," student Loriann Whitman said.
The international organization hosts campaigns year and has given nearly 100,000 books to underprivileged or underserved readers.
The East Texas Chapter will participate in the Accio books campaign starting April 1.
"It's a book fund to gather books and you use them to distribute them to those who maybe might not have books and promote literacy," Whitman said.
She says the Harry Potter aspect of the alliance helps to bring fans in and turn them into activists.
"The Harry Potter aspect is basically the foundation. The purpose of the Harry Potter Alliance is to use books such as Harry Potter and movies like the Hunger Games to draw these issues and apply them to real life. In Harry Potter, you have social injustice issues, you have good and evil, you have all these issues that can be applicable to the world," Whitman said.
The Quidditch World Cup will be April 5-6 and several Texas college teams will be participating including, Baylor University, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M, Texas State University, Texas Tech University.
For more information on the alliance, visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/hpaeasttexasTheOrderoftheStag.
To read about the Accio Books campaign, visit thehpalliance.org/accio-books/.