Carrying suspicious-looking quidditch equipment on the metro




This morning, I brought two brand new Mark 3 quidditch hoop bases to campus via the métro. The McGill Quidditch Team now has a full set of 6 freestanding quidditch hoops! They are reasonably easy to carry and just the right weight to prevent tipping. They are also made of ABS pipes, joints and couplings, and so they look awfully suspicious.

I’m still working on updating the construction manual so that it reflects the most up-to-date version of the base.

I got off the métro at station Peel and crossed the path of two uniformed police officers. They looked at me, they looked at the mess of ABS pipes in my hands, and they looked up at me again. Although they didn’t say anything, I could tell from their expression that they were thinking something like, “If this guy wasn’t blond with blue eyes, we would totally preemptively arrest him under the brave new anti-terrorism legislation that just passed.”

I just tried to look casual.


    title = {Carrying suspicious-looking quidditch equipment on the metro},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2013-05-6,
    url = {}


Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Carrying suspicious-looking quidditch equipment on the metro" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 06 May 2013. Web. 22 Mar 2019. <>


Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2013, May 06). Carrying suspicious-looking quidditch equipment on the metro [Web log post]. Retrieved from

7 responses to “Carrying suspicious-looking quidditch equipment on the metro”

  1. Morty says:

    A friend of mine stepped into an elevator in his appartment buildng with a uniformed police officer. The police officer took a look at his shirt and said “Some people may interpret that as a threat.” My friend was dumbfounded. This was the shirt he was wearing:

  2. Was he carrying an Erlenmeyer flask and a beaker at the time?

  3. Christine says:

    Hey Benjamin! I love these bases and want to build some for an indoor Quidditch League I am initiating in Alliston Ontario. Can you please give me a hint as to the dimensions you used? I’ve purchased most of the supplies but need to know the best lengths so hoops won’t topple over! Thanks for your efforts!
    Christine ~ YorkU Aurors Coach

  4. To be honest, we eyeballed the dimensions! If I had to guess, I’d say maybe 60 cm across?

  5. Pieter says:

    Hi Benjamin,

    Could you tell me where you found a plan on how to build these hoops? I want to start a new team :)

    Thanks in advance!

  6. We never made plans for these bases, I’m afraid!

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