No, the brooms don’t fly. And if you want to get really tech­nical about it, they’re actu­ally spare lacrosse sticks.

But that hasn’t stopped stu­dents from joining Northeastern’s intra­mural quid­ditch league, which is holding its semi­final and final games on Sat­urday morning in Cabot Cage.

I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this would make my entire life,’” said freshman marine biology major Katherine Hudson, cap­tain of the Swag­glepuff team, one of four com­peting in the final games. “I pestered lots of my friends until I found enough who’d be willing to get up for games at 8 a.m. Sat­urday mornings.”

Speedy run­ners dressed in yellow play the role of the golden snitch.

Quid­ditch, for the unini­ti­ated, is a sport that exists in J.K. Rowling’s wildly pop­ular “Harry Potter” novels. Teams of wiz­ards com­pete on flying broom­sticks, scoring points with the quaffle and attempting to knock oppo­nents from their brooms with bludgers. The game con­tinues until either teams’ seeker — the posi­tion held by Harry on the Griffindor squad — cap­tures the golden snitch.

On the ground, the game works a bit differently.

It’s a lot of dif­ferent sports all smushed together,” said Jen Plattel, a sopho­more biology major and the cap­tain of For the Greater Good, another team that has advanced to the semi­fi­nals. “For the first bit it’s basi­cally hand­ball and dodge­ball, where you’re trying to score points for your team in the goal posts — which are sort of like three hula hoops on posts — without get­ting hit by the bludgers.”

At some point during the game, offi­cials release the snitch, which in the books is a small, golden, winged ball that flies around the pitch on its own. It can be so dif­fi­cult to cap­ture that, in Rowling’s fan­tas­tical world, games have gone on for days.

In intra­mural com­pe­ti­tions, how­ever, the snitch is a runner dressed in yellow who runs onto the field, trying to avoid cap­ture by either team’s seeker. Cap­turing the snitch—a move that resem­bles a tackle in flag football—nets an intra­mural team 30 points, com­pared with 10 from each goal with the quaffle.

By all accounts, the team to beat Sat­urday is Emma Watson’s Boyfriend, which draws its name from the actress who played Hermione Granger in the eight Potter films.

People were excited when they heard North­eastern was get­ting intra­mural quid­ditch, but it was a harder sell when I said the games were at 8 o’clock on Sat­urday morn­ings,” said cap­tain Andrew Can­nella, a senior mechan­ical engi­neering major. “But I con­vinced them how great it would be to win the Quid­ditch cham­pi­onship, and that started to turn them around.”

The Quid­ditch play­offs begin at 8 a.m. with a match between Swag­glepuff and the Flying Flob­ber­worms. Another game, between For the Greater Good and Emma Watson’s Boyfriend, starts at 8:30. The win­ners of those con­tests will face off in the cham­pi­onship game at 9:15 a.m. in Cabot Cage.

The first quid­ditch season included a total of 12 teams of six stu­dents each, which Jack Butler, an intra­mu­rals coor­di­nator for Campus Recre­ation, called “great for the first offering of a new sport.” Butler added that another season is planned, likely begin­ning next year right after spring break.

We feel that this season went really well,” Butler said. “We got people par­tic­i­pating who don’t nor­mally come out to our other, more tra­di­tional, sports. It seems to have been a great expe­ri­ence all around.”