Harry Potter Inspires Quidditch World Cup

Did you know the game of Quidditch, first introduced to muggles in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, is currently being played at hundreds of schools? According to the International Quidditch Association, over 400 colleges have or are in the process of forming teams, including Harvard, Yale, and the University of Michigan. Quidditch is not an official NCAA sport, and although some teams have official club status within their university, others are unofficial self-funded groups.

The Quidditch World Cup will be held this year on November 13 and 14 in New York. Over 60 high school and college teams have registered to compete in the event, which they hope will be a “real coming out party for the league.”

If, like me, you are having trouble visualizing Quidditch being played without the ability to fly, check out this video from the Wall Street Journal about the game.

So what do you think about muggles playing Quidditch? I admire their enthusiasm, but I’m having trouble getting past the broom thing. If it wasn’t for the broom wedgies, I’d totally play. Would you play Quidditch if you had the chance?

(Source: Wall Street Journal)

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