Thursday, March 19, 2009

Why'd Rowling Name It "Quidditch"?

Anybody know? I'm reading another philosophical paper, and it keeps talking about "quiddity" (a term I vaguely recall from undergrad readings) and it sounded so close, I can't think she didn't know the relation, especially as she loves Latin references throughout.

That being said, I always wondered in general why the game was there at all. It really seems to have little to do with the main plot(s) and is just a kind of comic relief or bit of trivia about wizardly life.


Blogger RJ Sevin said...

Clive Barker used the word well in THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW and EVERVILLE.

As for Rowling, I think she simply thought it sounded cool. Regarding the purpose for the game in the books: it probably doesn't go much deeper than the fact it's a story about life in school, and those stories tend to have football/baseball/basketball interludes.

I always found it amusing that Harry gets to be both the nerd AND the jock.

3:48 AM  
Blogger John Goodrich said...

So Harry can also be the school's soccer star. Everyone loves the soccer star.

7:31 AM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

Yes, I think your comments confirm what I was trying to say: it seems just a "typical" element, or what's expected, and not worthy of the higher aspirations of the series.

8:12 AM  

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