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Sex Advice From Quidditch World Cup Players

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Q: What quidditch term sounds most like sexual innuendo? A: Probably "snatch the snitch."

Isabelle, 19, Texas A&M

Is the Quidditch World Cup like the Olympic Village? Is everyone hooking up with each other?

I met a boy last year from LSU at our tournament, and I dated him for a while.

What quidditch term sounds most like sexual innuendo?

There's this saying, at least in my head, where I say, "Chase it and beat it!"

Playing quidditch is essentially turning your fantasies into reality. What do you think is the best way to approach your partner about making fantasies a reality in the bedroom?

I definitely advise talking about it beforehand. I feel like if you try to spring something new and different on someone, people get really nervous and it doesn't work out. But if y'all talk about it, things can work out. I'm a big fan of open communication.

What does a guy need to know to be a wizard in the bedroom?

I think a lot of the problems in relationships are that people assume they know what their partner wants. But if you're just honest about it, it's awesome. Just talk to her about what she wants.

This guy I'm dating really wants me to dress up in the bedroom. I'm curious about it, but have never tried it before. What do you think I should do?

As long as you're comfortable with it, and as long as it's not something deeply terrifying — I don't know what defines deeply terrifying — but as long as you're not uncomfortable with it, definitely try it. Life doesn't have to be boring. Go for things you don't know if you'll like, but might. Just try it.

What should I do to make a first date magical?

It depends on how well you know her. I definitely prefer when a guy gears a first date toward something I like. Try to find out what she likes, and if she likes to just have goofy fun, take her bowling or to laser tag. That was the best date I had in my life! Something fun, not just dinner and a movie — go play laser tag or paintball.

One of the best ways to find out about people is to go on Facebook —

Creeper stalking people is always a good option!

Would you ever go out with someone who approached you just through Facebook?

Actually, I have, and it wasn't that bad. We just started talking and two or three days later we ended up going on a date. I think we went dancing.

My roommate keeps having loud sex while I'm home, and I can't get any work done. How should I handle the situation?

My roommate and I actually have an agreement about this. I made my roommate sign a contract saying that she would warn me before. I suggest setting out ground rules that you have a problem with or things that you would prefer they do and really negotiating with it, and signing that contract, and posting it on the wall. If she breaks the contract, we get to have a sword battle with swords made of cardboard, which is really embarrassing for her. It's fun, but it also points out, "Hey, you really screwed up, don't do it again." We have to do it in the middle of the quad where the ROTC boys are, so there's definitely an embarrassment factor.

And what's the sex stipulation you have in the contract?

She's not allowed to have sex in the dorm; she has to go to her boyfriend's house. But as long as she gives me an hour's warning of when she wants me out of the dorm, I'm okay with it. And she has to be done in two hours.

If I get a girl's number at a party, should I call or text her?

I prefer texting after a party, because I'm a really social person, so when I meet someone and give out my number, and then when they call me and I don't have their number in my phone, I'm not really sure who it is. I prefer texting so I know who it is, and I can make sure it's not some creeper who mysteriously got my number. And I prefer texting within a day, because after a day, I'm probably going to forget you.

My boyfriend's parents don't approve of us dating. What powers should I use to change their minds?

Change their minds? I don't know — when I was in that situation, I broke up with my boyfriend. My problem was that he didn't want to date me because his mom didn't approve, and I was like, if you need your mom to approve everything you do, we're not going to work out, so I broke up with him.

Joe, 21, Emerson College

What's the dating scene like at Emerson?

I guess it's pretty incestuous, especially within quidditch. We're 250 members strong, and there are people on the same team dating, and people on different teams dating, and people dating fans, and fans dating cheerleaders…

Is there a lot of dating within your team?

Not on the World Cup team that's here today, but on our intramural team there's a ton of inter-team dating.

Are there quidditch groupies?

Yeah, absolutely. I used to date the head cheerleader of the quidditch cheerleading squad. Other than that, it hasn't just been quidditch, but it's a great point of interest, and a great conversation starter.

Dating the head cheerleader is usually what the quarterback does. Is there a quarterback of quidditch?

I think that seekers get all the glory, but during the game it's the most underappreciated position. It's weird, because once you catch the snitch everybody's cheering you, but other than that moment, there's not much.

"Catching the snitch" sounds like getting an STD. But moving on: playing quidditch is essentially turning your fantasies into reality. What do you think is the best way to approach your partner about making fantasies a reality in the bedroom?

Honestly, I think the best way to go about it is to just start to do it. Just go for it, and if they're uncomfortable with it, they should be okay with telling you to stop and you should respect that. But I feel like bringing up something that might be taboo is just a little awkward.

What do I need to know to be a wizard in the bedroom?

The best thing you can do in the bedroom is focus on getting pleasure from giving pleasure. That's the best way to keep everybody happy.

What should I do to make a first date magical?

Definitely no movie. Dinner's okay, but I think walking to a place with good dessert is a good idea. And I've never done this, but I think playing pool would be a good date, because you're talking the whole time, and there's a lot of, like, "Oh, let me show you how to hold the pool cue."

If you get a girl's number at a party, do you call her or text her?

Joe: The girl I'm dating currently, I got her number from a mutual friend, and was deliberating between calling and texting. I went with calling, and that seemed to work out, and I found out later that if I'd texted instead of called, it wouldn't have worked out. So I would go with call her; I think it sets a good precedent for confidence.

What about finding people on Facebook?

Joe: I think that's a good way to get to know someone, but I don't know if it's a good way to ask someone out.

My roommate keeps having loud sex while I'm home and I can't get any work done. How should I handle the situation?

I would just have louder sex and see if that shuts them up. But if that's not an option, the best way to go about it would be to bring it up in a joking manner, and they'll probably be so embarrassed by it that they'll stop.

My girlfriend's parents don't approve of us dating. What powers should I use to change their minds?

I think the best way you can act toward a girlfriend's parents is to just treat them like regular people — the same goes for cops, I guess. Respect them because they're older than you, but don't talk up or down to them. Just talk to them like you would talk to a friend.

If Harry Potter was a sex act, what would it be?

It would definitely have to do with pubic hair.

Abbie, 22, Emerson College

What's the dating scene like at Emerson?

I know specifically within our quidditch club at Emerson there are a lot of quidditch relationships. I've been dating the same person for four years, but a lot of my friends have dated other quidditch players.

What quidditch term sounds most like sexual innuendo?

Probably "snatch the snitch."

Playing quidditch is essentially turning your fantasies into reality. What do you think is the best way to approach your partner about making fantasies a reality in the bedroom?

I probably wouldn't bring it up over dinner. It would probably have to be an in-the-moment type of discussion. I think it's important to be open and honest with your partner about things like that, and if they truly care about you, they won't judge you for whatever your fantasy is.

I gave my number to a guy at a party. It's been a few days and he hasn't called or texted me. What should I do?

If you aren't going to see him anytime soon, my guess is that he's probably not interested. If you think that you really like this guy and have means to get in touch with him, then give it a try. But if you think it's a long shot then it's probably not going to be anything. Move on — there are more people.

My roommate keeps having loud sex while I'm home, and I can't get any work done. How should I handle the situation?

If you're good friends with your roommate I would just tell them in a nice way. Don't get aggressive and angry about it, but say, "Maybe you could make sure no one's home if you're going to be that loud."

I met a girl and I really like her. What should I do to make the first date magical?

Find out things that she likes ahead of time if you can. If she really likes hiking, you can take her on a hike or something — that's a great opportunity to chat with her and get to know her a little more. I don't think movies make very good first dates, because you're not talking. Dinner's always a good choice, especially if it's a place that she likes.

If Harry Potter was a sex act, what would it be?

Oh no! I can only think of really horrible things!