Quidditch World Cup
When you read The Goblet of Fire did you wish you could go to a Quidditch World Cup? Well now you can, April 5th-6th, 2014 in South Carolina Tickets to the Quidditch World Cup are on sale now. Yes, you too can experience the excitement of watching a Quidditch World Cup - the thrill of watching the chasers score, the seekers swooping down on the snitch, Veela, leprechans and more. Well, okay, maybe not Veela and leprechauns. And about the seekers swooping down on the snitch, a bit of imagination may be required, since, though the players remain astride their brooms, the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy prevents them from actually flying them.
Nonetheless, the Quidditch World Cup offers plenty of excitement.
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by Caroline Hadilaksono
A cross between the Superbowl and a medieval festival" - Fox News
When and Where is Quidditch World Cup VII 2014?
April 5th-6th in North Myrtle Beach, SC
The International Quidditch Organization has confirmed that the seventh Quidditch World Cup will be held in North Myrtle Beach, South Caroline Florida on April 5th and 6th, 2014.
Quidditch fans will be enjoying Southern hospitality again this year at the brand new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, including free use of all the facilities, free parking and unrestricted ability to bring refreshments into the park.
The complex is holding its grand opening the same weekend as the World Cup, and participants will be encouraged to attend the tournament after the ceremony is over, thus exposing thousands of potential new fans to the sport.
Tickets are on sale until March 31st at the IQA. An adult weekend pass costs a reasonable $24.99
Regional Quidditch Tournament News: Middlebury leaves the IQA after Failing to Qualify for the World Cup
Ground shifted in the Quidditch world last year as the previously undefeated 5-time champs Middlebury (originators of the sport) failed to even qualify for the 2013 Quidditch World Cup. Ironically, this is possibly the best tribute of all to Middlebury's success in promoting Quidditch, since it's clear that in a widely popular sport (as Quidditch has now become) one team would not be able to dominate forever. (After all, the odds of winning are significantly better when there are only two teams competing for the honor, as was the case at the Quidditch World Cup I).
The real question is: Does this signal the end of an era in which teams played mostly for the fun of it, as athletic powerhouses like Texas A&M enter the field, or does it merely reflect the fact that most of Middlebury's founding Quidditch stars have now graduated? It seems Middlebury thinks the former, as they have dropped out of the IQA, and now participate in the Annual Friendship Athletes Tournament instead, where, for the second year running, they are once again the champs.
(If you missed a tournament, you can get the regional Quidditch tournament results at the Eighth Man).
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Watch Videos of Quidditch World Cup V Semi-finals and Finals
The IQA has just released new video footage of the fifth Quidditch World Cup which took place at Randall's Island in Icahn Stadium last November, including the semi-finals and finals matches.
Semi-Finals: University of Texas A&M vs. Middlebury College
Semi-Finals: University of Minnesota vs. University of Florida
Finals: University of Florida vs. Middlebury College
This is very exciting footage, particularly the A&M vs Middlebury match, in which A&M steamrolls over Middlebury until the very end, when Middlebury pull its irons out of the fire with a last minute snitch snatch. In spite of its slightly nerdy image, you can see just how rough a game this is, as players are removed from field for wearing brass knuckles (what would Madame Hooch say?) and are carted off on stretchers, to the applause of the crowd.
How Quidditch Entered the Muggle World
In 2005, Middlebury College student Xander Manshel had the remarkable idea of introducing the magical game of Quidditch into the non-magical world. As in the Harry Potter series, each muggle Quidditch team has seven players: a seeker, a keeper, two beaters and three chasers. The chasers try to score points by throwing the Quaffle through hoops, while the keeper tries to stop them from scoring. The beaters generally try to wreck mayhem on the members of the opposite team. The game ends when one of the seekers captures the golden snitch, which in muggle Quidditch is replaced by a human athlete running around the Quidditch pitch. As in magical Quidditch, players play the game astride broomsticks. While it may strike some as being a bit nerdy trotting around a field with a broomstick between your legs, the game has become very popular on US college campuses. It's all about bringing a little bit of that Potter magic into the real world, and giving the imagination, as well as the body, a good workout.
Watch a Documentary about the Quidditch World Cup 2010
Get Ready for the Quidditch World Cup 2014
Start Your Own Quidditch Team
If you want to start your own Quidditch team, you can contact the International Quidditch Association. 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."
Its activities include;
Promoting real-life Quidditch
Keeping track of team ranking
Organizing the World Quidditch Cup
Benefits of Quidditch
As a sport, Quidditch has a lot to recommend it. It combines the best features of basketball and soccer, and is very inclusive, being both coed and and nerd-friendly. (After all, how serious can a game in which players trot around the pitch with broomsticks between their legs actually get? This is not the picture that first comes to mind when one thinks of the word 'jock'). Nonetheless, it is very physical, and players get a good work-out.
The Official Magazine of the International Quidditch Organzation
Do you want to keep up with the latest Quidditch news? The Quidditch Quarterly (formerly known as the Monthly Seer) has coverage of recent events (i.e. Quidditch regional cups, conferences, etc.), spotlights on up and coming quidditch teams, interviews with Quidditch stars like Alexander Benepe and Xander Manshel, and timely advice for quidditch players (for example: how to explain to your parents why you are running around with a broom between your legs at the ripe old age of 20, when they sent you to college to become a doctor). At $49.99 for a yearly print subscription it isn't cheap, but you can read the Quidditch Quarterly online here."
Donate to the IQA
Would you like to help more young people experience the benefits of Quidditch?
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, you can donate to the IQA and get cool Quidditch stuff here.
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Why Do You Love Quidditch?
I love quidditch because I love everything about the Harry Potter novels, and I'm thrilled whenever I see a part of them make the leap from the fictional magical world into the real 'muggle' world. Also I was never much of a jock myself - the only reason I got onto our Junior High girls basketball team was that as far as the school was concerned it didn't really exist, and so there wasn't much competition for the honor. So I think it's great to see a new sport that is both coed and nerd-friendly succeeding.