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Quidditch: J.K. Rowling's Leveler

Starrs, D. Bruno (2007) Quidditch: J.K. Rowling's Leveler. In Mead, David & Frelik, Pawel (Eds.) Playing the Universe: Games and Gaming in Science Fiction. Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland, pp. 77-85.

Abstract

Interviewed regarding the first of the hugely successful series of magic and science fiction novels and screen adaptations about a rather unusual schoolboy named Harry Potter studying to be a wizard, author J.K. Rowling says she was intrigued by the possibility of “ … a sport for wizards, and I’d always wanted to see a game where there was more than one ball in play at the same time. The idea just amused me. The author continued to explain that she imagined Quidditch as being most like her favorite spectator sport, basketball (Amazon.co.uk interview, 2001). Except, of course, the players in Quidditch ride flying broomsticks and play with four bewitched balls. Apart from explaining in detail the bizarre rules and techniques of this supernatural game, this article examines some of the more significant sociological aspects of the sport that are far rarer (and, one might add, more ideologically desirable) in everyday human (or "Muggles") sports. Quidditch is a true leveler; matches are entirely non-segregated. They can have players of either gender and player’s ages in the same match can range from pre-teen to adult. As such, the game serves as a most ideal literary innovation in establishing early in the series of Harry Potter novels the eponymous hero as an ‘Every-adolescent’ who any young reader, male or female, can identify with. The game's popularity as such has seen it play an important role in each of the novel’s sequels and screen adaptation's inter-personal conflicts and has also spawned a successful - if short-lived - fan-base in the medium of the computer game.

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ID Code: 5254
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author D. Bruno Starrs. Author contact details : d.starrs@student.qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Quidditch, J, K, Rowlings, Harry Potter, screen adaptation
ISBN: 9788322726563
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > British and Irish Literature (200503)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Maria Curie-Sklodowska University
Deposited On: 20 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 17:13

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