Jonathon Braun hails from the bustling metropolis of Woodlawn, Ontario; whose greater township boasts a thriving population of 6,920. An alumnus of the University of Ottawa’s academic and quidditch programs, Jon now attends the University of British Columbia’s Law School, where he plays beater for UBC Quidditch.
What does playing for Team Canada mean to you?
It means the chance to play with and against people I have never gotten to before, in a highly competitive setting, surrounded by a lot of amazing drive and spirit! I’m super pumped!
What do you hope to gain from playing for the national team?
I think I’ll become a better player. I’ll learn things from other people, and also, being on the team gives me confidence in my own skills and I think confidence goes a long way on the field.
Favourite quidditch moment?
Going to World Cup V with uOttawa in 2011 was pretty special - not that I was all that great back then. The recent tournament that UBC played in LA was also an amazing time since we really proved our worth and surprised a lot of people.
How did you first get involved with quidditch?
I met a guy dressed up as Harry Potter at a HP7:2 premiere in Ottawa. Then, when I was giving a presentation to science students during uOttawa frosh week, he was there as a guide. We got to talking and I learned that Quidditch was a thing, and obviously I jumped at the opportunity
What was the most challenging part of your very first quidditch practice, and how do you feel you’ve improved since then?
I can’t remember the very first practice, but the first game I played was against Carleton. Chris Radojewski thought I played beater for some reason and put me on the position. I did horribly. At another game, he misremembered that I had done a good job, so I got stuck on the position again. Eventually I figured it out. Maybe Chris just saw something in me!
What is the most stereotypically Canadian thing about you?
I regularly drink spoonfuls of maple syrup and eat way too much poutine. I also apologize when people bump into me.