Real Life Quidditch - Brooms Up Muggles!
Muggle Quidditch - The Magical Game that's the Hottest New Sport on Campus
As all Harry Potter fans know, Quidditch is a magical game played on broomsticks. And yet, as befits a truly magical game, Quidditch has taken on a life of its own. Amazingly, Quidditch has leapt out of the pages of the Harry Potter books, and established itself in the real world. In fact, if you (like Harry) have always wanted to go to a Quiditch World Cup, you can buy tickets to the Quidditch World Cup VII, being held this April 5-6, 2014 in North Myrtle Beach, SC right here.
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Quidditch for Muggles
As muggles, we can't enjoy most of the pleasures of the wizarding world. We can't transform ourselves into cats, apparrate or make items disappear (with the possible exception of socks thrown into the wash). However, you may be surprised to learn that muggles are now playing Quidditch, and even attending the Quidditch World Cup.
Who Started Muggle Quidditch and How is it Played?
Muggles Alex Benepe and Xander Manshel first began playing Quidditch at Middlebury College in 2005.
Benepe and Manshel created a real life version of the game, using the Harry Potter series as their guide. You might think it would be difficult to play a magical game without magic, but Manshel and Benepe came up with clever solutions. For example, players trot around the pitch on brooms while trying to whip the Quaffle through the hoops. (When asked, they maintain that the brooms really can fly, but they are prevented from doing so by the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy.) Likewise, the golden snitch is ingeniously replaced by a cross country runner darting around the pitch.
The first intercollegiate Quidditch match was held in 2007 between Middlebury College and Vassar. The idea took off after the match received national coverage, and today there are about 100 officially recognized Quidditch Teams. Like wizarding Quidditch, muggle Quidditch is a truly coed sport, with teams starring both boys and girls. Each year, recognized Quidditch teams compete for the coveted Quidditch Cup.
Where and When is the Quidditch World Cup, 2014?
April 5th and 6th 2014, North Myrtle Beach, SC
After breaking a long standing tradition of holding the Quidditch World Cup in an eastern state last year in favor of Kissimmee, Florida, the IQA has opted for more Southern hospitality again this year.
The seventh annual World Quidditch Cup will take place the weekend of April 5-6, in North Myrtle Beach, SC, in the brand new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. Thousands of people will be in the park that weekend, attending the grand opening of the park, and the city has promised to encourage them them to attend the World Cup once the ceremony is over.
While Quidditch fans will be losing the opportunity to enjoy New England they will be gaining thousands of potential new fans, and let's not forget the beach.
Tickets to the Quidditch World Cup VI in Kissimmee, Florida
Going on Sale in November
Tickets to the Quidditch World Cup are on sale now right here for a very reasonable $24.99 for an adult weekend pass.
Tickets are available through March 31st. After that, you can still buy them at the door, but prices may go up.
ATTN: Ludo Bagman Looking a Few Good Wizards to Work at the Quidditch World Cup VII
Er, sorry, got a little carried away there. I meant, the International Quidditch Association is looking a few good muggles to volunteer to help organize and run this year's Quidditch World Cup, to be held in North Myrtle Beach on April 5th and 6th, 2014.
Rankings & Brackets Coordinators (two people)
Game Equipment Coordinator
Sales Sub-Department Director
Ticket Sales Coordinator
Social Media/Livestats Coordinator
Street Teams Coodinator
Outreach, Selection, Training, and Supervision Coordinators (one of two people)
Registration and Scheduling Coordinator
Communication & Welfare Coordinator
Registration, Transportation, and Accommodation Coordinator
Box Office & Welcoming Coordinator
Field Hospitality Coordinator
Special Events Sub-Department Director
Entertainment Coordinator (includes booking & contracts, fulfillment, and reception)
Volunteers will get free admission tickets, and lots of other goodies, as they did last year. Registration for volunteers starts January 1st, 2014, but you can preregister to get on the list server and get all updates as they happen.
The Broom Question
Should Quidditch ditch the broomsticks or are they an integral part of the game?
Where to Buy Quidditch Brooms
The Japanese Ministry of Defense is still working on perfecting its Golden Snitch prototype , and hasn't announced any plans for a developing a real life flying broomstick yet, so your next best bet if you are looking to buy a quidditch broom is Alivan's"
Alivan's" is the official broomstick supplier for the International Quidditch Association. Their broomsticks range from $35 to $79, and are completely handmand. While this may seem pricey, their brooms are well made and sturdy, and conform the the IQA's regulations for broom length.
The Utah Quidditch Organization" has also published a review of Quidditch brooms, "Which Broomstick", that includes instructions for making their official broomstick, the Sky Striker, in case you would rather make your own.
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What's a Quidditch World Cup Like?
Watch some highlights of the 2011 Quidditch World Cup that was held on November 12-13th on Randall's Island in Manhatten. Over 100 teams and 2000 athletes participated.
Benefits of Quidditch
Two of the best things about Quidditch are its availability and inclusiveness. All you need to play Quidditch are some balls, some broomsticks, some easily constructed hoops on poles, and an empty field. It doesn't require any expensive equipment, or even reserving a special court or field.
Another of the benefits of Quidditch is that with its whimsical, tongue-in-check atmosphere, the game is encouraging people who may never have been attracted to athletics to join Quidditch teams, much as the Harry Potter books attracted kids all over the world who had never been interested in reading before.
Quidditch Does its Bit to Promote Gender Equality for Women in Sports
Quidditch may well be the first sport invented by a woman and in the magical world, Quidditch teams are coed, with women appearing both as team captains and seekers. In the muggle world, the International Quidditch Association has opted to follow this model. Currently teams are required to have 2 female members, and next year the Title 9 3/4 initiative (named after both platform 9 3/4 in the Harry Potter series and Title IX of the 1964 civil rights act) will come into effect. Teams will be required to have three members of one gender and four of the other.
Which Colleges Offer Quidditch?
If you're looking for a college where you can play Quidditch, here is a list, by state, of the US colleges hat have Quidditch teams registered with the International Quidditch Association.
Arizona State University
Mesa Community College
University of Arkansas Razorbacks
San Jose State University
University of California Berkeley
University of California at San Diego
University of Miami
University of Florida
University of South Florida
Illinois State Firebirds
Loyola University Chicago
Ball State University
University of Kansas
Bowling Green State University
University of Kentucky
Louisiana State University
University of Maryland
Michigan State University
University of Minnesota<
Grand Valley State University
Ohio State University
Denison University Quidditch League
Miami University of Ohio
Johns Hopkins University
University of Massachusetts
* Their research department is currently working on developing invisible ink - is a Marauders Map for Muggels next?
University of Minnesota
Rochester Institute of Technology
Stony Brook University
University of Rochester
St, Lawrence University
Indiana University Of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh**
**voted the sexiest Quidditch Team for the last three years running
Chestnut Hill College
Penn State University
College of Charleston
Texas & M
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Utah
***Where muggles first began playing Quidditch and winners of the 2011 World Cup, for the fifth year running
University of Vermont
Green Mountain College
Virginia Commonwealth University
Christopher Newport University
Start Your Own Quidditch Team
If you want to start your own Quidditch team, the International Quidditch Association can help.
Its activities include
Promoting real-life Quidditch
Recognizing Quidditch teams
Organizing the World Quidditch Cup
Donate to the International Quidditch Association
Too busy start your own Quidditch team? Or perhaps you're just a little too old to go running around a field with a broomstick between your legs, but still young enough to think the world would be better off with a little more magic in it?
According to it's mission statement, the IQA is "a magical nonprofit dedicated to promoting the sport of Quidditch and inspiring young people to lead physically active and socially engaged lives."
If you'd like to help the International Quidditch Association do that, you can donate to the IQA here.
The Snitch Question: Real Life Golden Snitches? - Japanese Ministry of Defense Builds First Golden Snitch Prototype
How do you say Harry Potter in Japanese? The research department at the Japanese Ministry of Defense has the world's first flying sphere with wings. It's 42 centimeters wide and only weighs 350 grams. They built it for less than $1500 from commercially available materials.
Someone ought to clue the Japanese government in to the fact that they are barking up the wrong tree focusing on the defense aspect. With hundreds of millions (perhaps even billions) of Harry Potter fans around the world, they could paint it gold and license the rights for a Harry Potter toy that could dig Japan out of the fiscal hole it's in for the next three generations..
Get the Latest Quidditch Scores on Twitter
Follow IQA Quidditch matches as they happen.The IQA tweets the latest scores on Twitter here.
More Quidditch Resources Online
A quarterly magazine (formerly a monthly publication called the Monthly Seer) that follows the latest Quidditch news and events (i.e. Quidditch regional cups, conferences, etc.), spotlights promising quidditch teams, interviews Quidditch stars like Alexander Benepe and Xander Manshel, and shares timely advice for quidditch players. You can subscribe to a printed edition or read past issues of the Quidditch Quarterly online here.
An online Quidditch magazine run buy current and former players, with the latest Quidditch news, scores and articles about Quidditch
A lively forum for discussing Quidditch issues.
An interesting Quidditch blog on Tumbler
Quidditch Gifts and Merchandise
Features a large selection of Quidditch t-shirts, hoodies, iPhone and iPod cases and other Quidditch merchandise. If you're looking for a present for your favorite Quidditch player this is the place to go.
Muggle Quidditch Shirts
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Quidditch in the Harry Potter Series
Quiddtich plays a huge roll in the magical world, driving some of the most memorable scenes in the Harry Potter books and some amazing flying in the Harry Potter movies, including:
Harry's first tangle with Draco Malfoy at flying lessons, which leads to him being chosen as seeker of the Gryffindor Quidditch team
The first reappearance of the Dark Mark at the Quidditch World Cup
Harry's first romance, with the cute Ravenclaw Seeker, Cho Chang
Harry and Ginny's first kiss, after she stands in for Harry and captains the Gryffindor team to victory, winning the Quidditch Cup
And, of course, there is the whole metaphor of Harry as seeker, whose ultimate job is to 'end the game' that Voldemort is trying to play by evading mortality via the hidden horcruxes.