Every so often, people complain about quidditch (the wizarding sport from the Harry Potter books) being illogical. I’d like to say a few words in its defense.
Now, I’m not going to try to argue that it makes sense. Honestly, it actually doesn’t. But that’s what makes it realistic, because Muggle sports don’t make sense, either. And in fact, everything that people criticize about quidditch either has an analogue in Muggle sports, or is due to a misinterpretation.
Point by point:
There’s a useless extra zero in the scores
Quaffle goals are each worth 10 points, and the Golden Snitch is worth 150. Why not make them 1 and 15 instead? I don’t know. But is that really any worse than a sport where the score goes love-15-30-40-game, instead of 0-1-2-3-4? Probably not. At least in quidditch, they’re always worth the same amount, instead of sometimes being 15 and sometimes 10.
The Golden Snitch has way too much weight in the scoring, making the Seeker way too important
In the few Hogwarts games we’ve seen, maybe. But that’s just because Harry is much better than most players his age. By comparison, if you had a high school pitcher who was much better than average, you might think that there’s nothing to baseball beyond strikeouts, but that’s far from the truth. We’re told that it’s quite normal for a quidditch game to last the better part of a day, or even multiple days. That’s plenty of time for a team to rack up a lead much greater than 15 quaffle goals. And in fact, in the one quidditch game we see where Harry isn’t playing, one team does in fact build up a lead that large, and so ends up winning, despite the other team’s seeker being better.
Speaking of that World Cup game, no real player would be so unsportsmanlike to end the game when his team was losing
That depends on the culture of the game, as “sportsmanlike” can have completely different or even opposite meanings in different games. Take chess, for example: Almost all high-level chess games end when the two players agree to end them, and it’s considered a serious breach of etiquette for a player to not concede once it’s apparent that he’s losing. Maybe a similar sense of sportsmanship holds among quidditch players.
It’s way too dangerous
Certainly the game is not without its risks, but remember that in addition to spells to make broomsticks and bludgers fly, there are also spells to slow the fall of a player, and to instantly mend most injuries. With standard magical precautions in place, there’s no reason for the game to be any more dangerous than American football, and probably a fair bit less.
Any other objections I missed, or counter-rebuttals to my rebuttals?