Quidditch or football? Richard Sherman dressed up as Harry Potter today

RENTON, Wash. – If you need a cornerback on your quidditch team, Richard Sherman is your man.

The Seattle Seahawks cornerback dressed up like Harry Potter for his press conference at the VMAC on Wednesday, making the point that defensive wizardry is the norm for the team.

“When you’re a wizard, like we are out here, sometimes you have to show it to the Muggles out in the world,” Sherman said. “We’ve got a lot of wizards. My son’s a wizard. Earl Thomas does some magical things. Michael Bennett is Black Santa, but he’s also a wizard."

There was certainly something near-magical about the defense’s performance against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The Seahawks’ defense was on the field for more than 46 minutes, but gave up only six points in the 6-6 tie.

Sherman said he and the rest of the defense were so spent that he doesn’t remember much from after the game. He said his legs started giving him out in the third quarter, and that he had a fever and was shivering.

“Five quarters of football is pretty tough, but Quidditch – the beaters, the chasers, trying to find the golden snitch, things like that, that’s tough,” he said. “Five quarters of football though, in the elements, I’d say it takes the cake.”

Sherman, who said his favorite book in the Harry Potter series is “Order of the Phoenix,” plans to take his son trick or treating on Halloween.

“He’s going to have a mask going, I’m going to have this on, nobody’s going to have any idea,” he said. “This is all you gotta do – Clark Kent did it. You just gotta put the glasses on - bam, no longer Richard Sherman.”

Sherman then waved his wand, said “Wingardium Leviosa,” and exited stage left.