'Harry Potter': Quidditch World Cup happening this weekend, for real

Quidditch-TournamentImage Credit: Christopher Capozziello/Getty ImagesWhen the first Harry Potter film hit theaters in 2001, could you have predicted that New York City would be hosting the fourth annual Quidditch World Cup this weekend? Some of you may be aware that students at Vermont’s Middlebury College are credited with first making the fantasy sport a reality in 2005, and today, there’s an International Quidditch Association. Forty-six teams will compete this weekend, including Middlebury, Boston University, Michigan State, NYU, Vassar, Syracuse, and Yale. I don’t know which is more entertaining:

Watching people purposely run around with a broomstick between their legs

• Watching the Snitch, a person dressed in gold with a tennis ball stuffed into a sock that dangles out of his or her shorts, run around. “Snitches have been known to ride on bicycles across the field; snitches have hid in families in the stands; in 2008 a snitch appeared at the top of one of the buildings,” IQA spokeswoman Alicia Radford told Fox News. “… I even saw a snitch once take off the seeker’s cape and wave it at him like a matador.”

• People debating about whether this should become an official NCAA sport

These are brave, fun souls. In a PopWatch poll last month, 33 percent of people said they will be holding a wand when they see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in theaters; 47 percent said they would laugh at the people holding wands, but secretly wish they had one; 20 percent said they would laugh at the people holding wands, period. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done for your love of Harry Potter

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  • Stephanie

    This is just a whole different level of awesome.

  • SteveStrifeX

    lol, ok, where can I sign up?

  • a person

    haha thats awsome! my school has a quidittch team and i really want to watch them play! Cant wait for the midnight release…im dressing up as Luna Lovegood!

  • Briana

    My school is starting a team in the spring!

  • MKS

    GO BU!

  • JayPetey

    My University has had a quidditch club for two years now. It’s a blast. We have people instantly recognizing it and jumping it already knowing the rules from the book.

  • Vivian

    My school district doesn’t allow my school start a team :(

    • john

      how unfair!!
      Which school district is this?

      • Karen

        That’s a little creeptastic, john.

      • anonymous

        Get off the net, pedo.

  • Celia

    My University needs to start a team ASAP! It’s quickly catching on and it looks like a lot of fun. It’s kind of like a sophisticated form of dodgeball.

  • Heather

    I’m just annoyed since the books have been out since 2001, why it took them this long to create teams. The University of Texas got a Quidditch team the year after I left. I would have been all over that!!

    • indee

      Actually the books have been out since 1997, so really they’ve had even longer to do this.

  • KatieBell

    Harry Potter inspired me to go to my very first fan convention – Phoenix Rising in New Orleans – they played Quidditch on the bank of the Mississippi… it was awesome!

  • Rebecca W

    Oh. My. God. My University is participating in the championships!!!!
    This is too awesome!

    • Becca

      Mine too! I didn’t even know we had a Quidditch team!

  • Nick T

    On my first day of college, a guy brought out a 45 dollar Sirius Black wand from the park in Orlando, hoping we wouldn’t laugh at him. Then we all passed it around in a big circle and said a spell as we swished and flicked.

  • Lizzie

    I can’t get over the fact that these guys are running around holding a broomstick between their legs!

    • pastafarian

      Exactly. That seems more of an impediment to the game. But I guess without a broom buried in your crotch, it’d just be the same ol’ mash-up of Lacrosse, Dodgeball, and Hide ‘n Go Seek.

    • Leah

      The broom gives an advantage to the snitches and allows them to escape from the seeker easier. I saw a snitch climb a fence yesterday to get away from the seeker! Clearly the broom hindered that pursuit.

  • J

    I think this is awesome! Harry Forever!

  • Sara

    My college has a team. I play beater/chaser. We never made it to the world cup, as we’re in California and have no funding… :(

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