Those of us still searching for our fix of Harry Potter following the end of both the books and the films can now fly to Florida to watch the annual Quidditch World Cup take place.
Though flying wizards and Daniel Radcliff are both unlikely to be seen at the games, fans of the fictional sport can still observe one of the most unique sporting events of the year and feel like they have been transported straight into one of the Harry Potter novels! Held in Kissimmee, Florida each year, the Quidditch World Cup draws in more than 1,000 teams from 45 states and 35 countries. The best 300 teams take part in tournaments run by the International Quidditch Association during the year to compete for a place in the final 80 that play at the Quidditch World Cup in April. You're probably still wondering how the fictional game, which involves flying ‘golden snitches’, ‘bludgers’ that follow players around and knock them off their brooms and a healthy dose of magic, could ever take place in the muggle world, right? Well Alex Benepe, creator of the game, has managed to adapt the game into something which visually resembles rugby mixed with lacrosse, yet still stays true to the game of Quidditch. Other than the obvious lack of magic the rules have stayed pretty true to the game – there is still three hoops on either side of the pitch which are each worth a different amount of points and dodgeballs are thrown at players to resemble the bludgers. Instead of a flying golden ball for the snitch, one player, who carries a tennis ball in a sock, is released at the start of the game, the seekers then chase the snitch in a game similar to hide and seek. This years’ Quidditch World Cup took place last week and saw the University of Texas Quidditch Squad take home the crown. If you fancy living out your Harry Potter fantasy and having a go at the game, new teams are popping up all over the world, so why not try out? You never know, it could be you taking part in the magical game of Quidditch in Florida next year! Image sources: 123