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December 9, 2010 | 12:00 a.m. CST
So you’ve never played Quidditch, which is understandable, but would like to start. Before you go rushing off to find a suitable broom, here is a list of terms from the magical Quidditch game you should know.
Bludger: A small cannonball-like object that flies through the air
Golden Snitch: A golf ballsized golden ball that flies like a hummingbird to avoid capture. You covet the snitch.
Quaffle: The ball Chasers throw through the hoops
Beater: A player responsible for protecting his or her team and attacking the other team with Bludgers. In nonmagic Quidditch, these people throw dodgeballs at opposing teams.
Chaser: A player who throws the Quaffle through one of three hoops
Golden Snitch: In nonmagic Quidditch, the Golden Snitch is a tennis ball stuffed inside a tube sock attached to the Snitch runner who must evade both teams’ Seekers.
Keeper: The protector of his or her team’s hoops
Seeker: A player responsible for capturing the Snitch
Cobbing: A foul for use of elbows
Flacking: A Keeper violation for putting a body part through the hoop to prevent a goal
Haversacking: A Chaser foul for not releasing the ball from his or her hand when putting it through the hoop
Snitchnipping: A violation that occurs when a player other than the Seeker touches the Snitch