J.K. Rowling invented Quodpot, or American Quidditch, years ago

It ends up that J.K. Rowling invented America’s answer to Quidditch years ago. It’s called Quodpot. Read about how it works below.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a movie adaptation of a fake textbook J.K. Rowling wrote under the name Newt Scamander, will be hitting theaters this November. It’ll take place in North America and give Harry Potter fans a look at how wizards live on the other side of the pond. That brings up a question: is there an American equivalent to Quidditch, the wizarding sport involving brooms, three hoops, and a bunch of funny-sounding balls?

As it happens, there is, and there’s been information about it floating around for years. In 2001, the same year Fantastic Beasts was published, Rowling released Quidditch Through the Ages under the pseudonym Kennilworthy Whisp. It was another fake textbook, this time about the history of the world’s favorite fake sport. In it, Rowling describes an American wizarding sport called Quogpot.

There are eleven players a side in the game of Quodpot. They throw the Quod, or modified Quaffle, from team member to member, attempting to get it into the “pot” at the end of the pitch before it explodes. Any player in possession of the Quod when it explodes must leave the pitch. Once the Quod is safely in the “pot” (a small cauldron containing a solution which will prevent the Quod exploding), the scorer’s team is awarded a point and a new Quod is brought on the pitch.

That definitely has Rowling’s trademark mix of whimsical and incredibly dangerous.

As described in Quidditch Through the Ages, Quodpot was accidentally invented when a British wizard Abraham Peasegood traveled to America and tried to recruit a Quidditch team. Unfortunately, the Quaffle he’d brought with him over the Atlantic made contact with his wand in his trunk during the voyage, and when he tried to toss it around, it exploded in his face. (I’m assuming he didn’t die, but when it comes to wizard sports, you never know.) And thus Quodpot was born.

There’s no word on whether Quodpot will show up in the Fantastic Beasts movie, but Quidditch Through the Ages does mention that there are a couple of American teams in existence: the Fitchburg Finches of Massachusetts and the Sweetwater All-Stars of Texas. It also mentions that while Quogpot is played in Europe, Quidditch remains the dominant sport there. If the reverse is also true, that would make a Quidditch a little like soccer and Quodpot a little like American football, popularity wise. It would be fun to see that metaphor carried through, but we’ll have to wait until November to see more.

h/t Hypable