Meet the Team
SQT: Journey to the Cup
Before taking the pitch for their first practice of the school year, the Slytherin Quidditch Team posed together for a team photograph. Beater bats in hand, a single Quaffle held by the team's Captain, the photograph was not unlike the ones taken in previous years. Sure, there were a couple new faces, but the biggest difference was the team's new uniforms – a dark greyish green with white numbers over two silver stripes representing Slytherin's back-to-back Quidditch Cup victories.
The 2014-15 Quidditch season was no piece of cake. The team faced adversity from game one when they were defeated by the formidable Ravenclaw Quidditch Team. Slytherin rallied with six straight wins, including a tie-breaker against Ravenclaw to clinch their second straight Quidditch Cup.
In spite of their success in recent years, Slytherin enters the Quidditch season with a new sense of humility. With only three starters from last year's tie-breaker returning – Rosemarie “Bagel” Halliwell, Cody Lewis, and Will Lestrange – the team will rely on new talent to fill in the holes.
First year Hope Stark had a solid tryout during the off-season and looks to be a promising prospect as a defensive Beater or a second or third option at Chaser.
Three former players also rejoined the team after impressive tryouts. Allyson Celestra and Rosalie Mason are back on the pitch for the first time since 2013 and Darcey Goode, who made appearances for Slytherin from to 2002 to 2010, has already proven she can still fly with the best of them. “I'm really excited about [Darcey's] return to the team,” says team captain Rosemarie Halliwell. “I definitely think she's going to be a huge asset to us this coming season and I expect a lot of great plays from her.”
The Slytherin Quidditch Team lineup this year gives SQT supporters a lot to be excited about, but there are still a few question marks. Who is going to play Seeker? The entire lineup combined has only caught one Snitch. Will they be able to find and train a new Seeker before November? Or perhaps their next Snitch-hunter is already on the lineup?
“I could do it,” says Cody Lewis, HOL's leader in goals the past two years. “It's pretty common to see Chasers switch to Seeker nowadays.”
“Cody is definitely not going to be our new permanent Seeker,” says Halliwell, although the use of the word permanent implies that Lewis could be a temporary solution. Regarding the Seeker situation, she adds, “I'm not at all worried. I'm sure we'll get a Seeker where he or she needs to be before our first match.”
Regardless of who is Seeking, you can always rely on Halliwell to have her team ready for the season.
“[Our goal] for this year is to win the Quidditch Cup again, of course, because I'm getting really used to having it in the Dungeons.” And along with it, another silver stripe for the SQT uniforms.
6 SQT Records That Are Least Likely To Be Broken This Year
Wayne Stark - SQT Correspondent
The 2014-15 season was such a roller coaster for the Slytherin Quidditch Team that most people – SQT members included – did not even realize history was being made. The team was so focused on keeping their Quidditch Cup dreams alive that none of them noticed that several SQT records had been broken by multiple players. In March, Opal Curare overtook Faye Roderick as the player with the most games played for Slytherin. Thomas Lewis set the record for goals in a game while his brother, Cody, became SQT's all-time leading scorer – a record that had belonged to Xavier Dalen since the 2007-08 season.
Some records, like these, are attainable with the right amount of hard work and dedication. Other records require a bit more. Here are six of the SQT records that are least likely to be broken during the 2015-16 Quidditch season. [READ MORE]