Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling took to Twitter on Tuesday to explain to
one fan all of us that we’ve been looking at the game all backward. You see, it’s not a complex, convoluted version of lacrosse-meets-basketball on flying broomsticks, but rather a metaphor for “the human condition” (her words).
The scoring system of Quidditch “makes total sense,” Rowling wrote on the social media platform. “There's glamour in chasing an elusive lucky break, but teamwork and persistence can still win the day. Everyone's vulnerable to blows of fate and obstructive people, and success means rising above them. Quidditch is the human condition. You're welcome.”
Well, consider us Muggles schooled.
For those of you who don’t know (and if you’re not familiar with Harry Potter or Quidditch, then why are you reading this?), in the Potterverse, Quidditch is a popular sport within the Wizarding world in which players ride on broomsticks to throw the ball (a Quaffle) into the other team's goal posts. Each team also has one player (the Seeker) in charge of chasing a tiny golden ball (the Golden Snitch). If the Snitch is caught, the team wins 150 points, which typically ends/wins the game.
The thing is: Even though the last book in the original Harry Potter series (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) was published over 11 years ago, the fact that people are still asking about how an invented game within the series works is really saying something. Not to mention, the game is actually being played in the real world these days (minus the flying broomsticks, of course).
So now you no longer need to wonder how the game’s convoluted scoring system works. It works because it’s about “teamwork and persistence” winning the day, OK? We can now worry about other pressing matters, like how the Avengers are going to undo all the damage that Thanos has done.