Harry Potters favorite sport came to life this weekend in New York City. No, this isn’t a crazy viral news story. There is actually an International Quidditch Association and they actually play quidditch. Well, sort of. This form of quidditch is played at ground level and it’s just for muggles. “Who are muggles?”, you ask. Well, you’re a muggle and so am I. A muggle is anyone who’s not a wizard.
What do they call it?
This non-aerial form of quidditch is called muggle quidditch or ground quidditch. It’s just as much fun as the regular quiddich and a great way for players to live out their Harry Potter fantasies, while staying in great shape. Muddle quidditch, ground quiddich, or whatever you choose to call it, is a serious sport. All except the part about the broom between your legs.
How is ground quidditch played?
Ground quidditch involves no flying brooms, however, each player must hold a broom between his legs with one hand at all times. The golden snitch is a cross country runner dressed all in yellow (of course). It would be pretty silly to expect a self propelled flying ball. There are also seekers, chasers and keepers just like in the “real” quidditch. The rules are the same, but the players have all been grounded. You can download an official quidditch rule book here from the International Quidditch Association.
You heard me right, there is an International Quidditch Association. They call themselves the IQA for short. This group is dedicated to promoting the sport of quidditch and encouraging youth physical fitness. Quidditch does sound like a great way to get movie buffs up off the couch and into the game. So, who are the quidditch players?
Who plays quidditch?
There were over 60 college teams competing in this years event. Quidditch is a serious college sport, played in schools like MIT, Yale and Harvard. In fact, muggle quidditch originated at Middlebury College in Vermont. Like to learn more and see a video of the game? Check it out here on moviefone, where you can see the CBS news report and updates on the scores.