Castle Club and Asian Pop Culture Club hold Triwizard Tournament


Connor Edrington

Students talk before the next match of the Triwizard Tournament on Thursday, March 3.

Connor Edrington, Staff Reporter

Some students are on campus late in the evening, but seeing them run around on brooms through the open field may cause people to turn and take a second look.

The Castle Club and the Asian Pop Culture Club held the Triwizard Tournament on Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m. on Frisbee Field by McCullough Plaza, and about 25 people attended. Students could sign up at the event and choose their teams of three to compete to become the Triwizard champion.

The Triwizard Tournament was based off of a competition in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” To become a Triwizard champion in the book, characters had to place highest in the three Triwizard events: the dragon fight, the underwater rescue and the deadly maze.

Amanda Miles, Spanish junior and president of the Castle Club, said the players split into groups of threes before playing.

Players started on opposite sides of Frisbee Field with their brooms held high. They then jumped on their brooms and ran to the middle of the field, where a line of dodge balls had been placed. The teams competed to gather the dodge balls quickly so they could attempt to knock the opposing team out.

Miles said players were required to run around on their brooms and try to hit the opposing players with a ball. If accomplished, the opposing player was knocked out of the game, Miles said.

Miles said the first team to knock out all of the opposing players was named the winner of that match.

“I think it went really well,” she said. “We had more people than anticipated, and everyone seemed to have a great time.”

While two teams were competing against one another, members of the other teams talked and watched the match.

Quintera Quinn, English junior and member of the Castle Club and the Asian Pop Culture Club, attended the tournament.

“I came to the event late due to class but everyone was welcoming and I had fun watching,” Quinn said.

During the end of the event, the teams broke off into larger groups and played a slightly different version of the game, Miles said.

Miles said the game was still played mostly the same at that point, but the teams were much bigger, and one of the players on each side started with a ball when the match began. She said this allowed them to try to hit opposing players when they made a run for the balls in the center of the field.

During the game, players who were not on one of the two teams playing were allowed to stand on the edge of the boundaries — which were marked off by members of the Castle Club — and throw dodge balls at the players, Miles said. She said that if the dodge ball got close to the edge of the boundary, the people watching off the field could pick up the dodge ball and try to knock out the players still playing.

Students who did not compete in the first challenge of the Triwizard Tournament are still allowed to play in the next round of the the tournament, Miles said.

Information regarding the next rounds will be added when it becomes available.