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My day with Oliver Wood

by D.S. Haber

I'm a really big fan of Oliver Wood. Never expecting any reply, I sent Oliver a Dodger's baseball cap with a note saying if he's ever in the states, Dodgers tickets and hot-dogs were on me. You'll never know how surprised I was to receive a reply from Oliver himself, inviting me to come to London and spend the day with him learning about Quidditch. Needless to say, I was on the next plane!

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Dave.. im really suprise to know that Oliver Wood has so many ardent fans because despite being fit, cool, handsome and a great quidditch player he plays a very small character in the HP series.. anyways your story was imaginative and fun to read... quidditch really is a great sport even if it exists only on paper (and quite understandably in the minds of thousands of quidditch fans like yourself) THE POWER OF SPORTS- mesmerizing people even on paper...... lol..

Posted by karishma vakta from pune maharashtra on February 26, 2007 01:12 AM

My favourite Quidditch team? Easy, mate - The Woollongong Warriors, of course! (GO WW!)

Posted by Karma from Orange, NSW, Australia on April 3, 2007 01:03 AM

Karma, your team would get SMASHED by the Wimbourne Wasps. even the Chudley Cannons would flatten them.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on April 3, 2007 07:12 AM

Great imagination, but just thought that as a great HP fan, you surely should have remembered that The Leaky Cauldron is invisible to muggles;)

Posted by will from L on April 9, 2007 12:06 PM

It's only invisible to Muggles who don't know where to look for it. Remember, the Grangers (Hermione's parents) got into The Leaky Cauldron, and all the way into Diagon Alley and Flourish and Blotts!

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on April 9, 2007 1:28 PM

I'm more of a Quodpot fan, myself, but I do enjoy the occasional Quidditch game. Let's see... I guess my favorite domestic team would be the Fitchburg Finches, and I wouldn't say no to a Ballycastle Bats game if I were overseas!

Posted by Monkeeshrines from Orlando FL on April 20, 2007 2:54 PM

Quadpot is overrated when compared to Quidditch... I recently recieved an owl from my pen pal in England, with full details of a recent Qudditch game between the Wimbourne Wasps and the Holyhead Harpies. Needless to say, the Harpies were flattened, and she even got me a signed photograph of the dreamy Keeper of the Wasps... sigh...

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on April 20, 2007 4:56 PM

How dare you say Quodpot is overrated! Ok, so maybe it's players aren't all as pretty as your Wasps Keeper (owing to their tendency for singed eyebrows) but the thrill of unpredictability in the game itself is what makes it more appealing (to me, anyway) then a game where only the players talents determine the outcome. I'm not undermining the charms of Quidditch, but on the whole I find its lack of explosions wanting.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from Orlando FL on April 24, 2007 07:18 AM

Monkeeshrines, you underestimate the excitiment of Quidditch! There ARE thrills and unpredictability in Quidditch, but the rules are more strict, and that narrows the alleyway a little bit. I mean really, in Quadpot how often are you confused so much that you sit down in your seat and give up? I don't know about you but every Quadpot game I have ever attended ends that way.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on April 25, 2007 1:45 PM

I'm not underestimating Quidditch. I think it's a great game in of itself and I acknowledge that Quadpot would not exist without it. I just find Quodpot more entertaining. I mean, you can see Bludgers coming and bat them away, but you can't tell when the Quod explode! It does sadden me that you get confused by it though, Ashley. My Muggle boyfriend said this when I tried to describe it to him (don't worry, I told him it was a made-up game) "So, it's like playing basket-ball with bombs?" Whatever basket-ball is, I think it's similar. Hope that helps clear up the confusion!

Posted by Monkeeshrines from Orlando FL on May 3, 2007 05:12 AM

I am a Muggleborn, but I was an exchange student to England. By that time they had discovered that I am a witch, so I lived with a wizarding family so I didn't freak the Muggles of England out. I grew up watching Quidditch game after Quidditch game, and find the exploding Quad to be quite barbaric.

I asked my Muggle boyfriend if he preferred Quidditch to Quadpot, and he told me he enjoys football. What kind of stupid sport doesn't involve broomsticks or flying iron spheres designed to knock you out?

Posted by Ashley R. from Missouri on June 8, 2007 10:43 AM

I dunno, I prefer Quadpot. I like Quidditch, but I think its one of those things that are fun to play/do but boring to watch.

Posted by Oatmeal from Chapel Hill on June 18, 2007 1:47 PM

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