Move over baseball–America has a new favorite past time. The popular Hogwarts sport of Quidditch has been adapted for the muggle world.Described as a hybrid sport combining techniques and strategies from basketball, rugby, and dodgeball, the muggle quidditch has been rapidly gaining popularity with young adults across the nation. Over 400 colleges and 300 high schools currently have teams affiliated with the International Quidditch Association.
The IQA was previously known as the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association, but as popularity and interest grew, the organization changed its name to include players of all ages. It is currently a nonprofit organization which hopes to “create magical communities (aka build and improve the idea of community) by promoting Quidditch as a sport and using it to inspire young people to lead more physically active and socially engaged lives.”
Curious about the accomodations for making the sport (which requires flying high above ground and bewitched balls) accessible to the muggle world, I created a chart for readers to compare. Click to link below to view the chart as a PDF file.
The sport may vary between teams and regions (especially in terms of pitch (field) setup and equipment, but the overall popularity of the sport seems to be growing quite quickly. I must admit I was unaware of the sport’s existence in reality until reading an iReport article on CNN about the Quidditch World Cup taking place in NYC. The event took wrapped up yesterday, November 14th, as participants (from many popular universities such as Harvard and NYU) humbly accepted defeat to Middlebury College in Vermont (the college responsible for creating the adapted game 5 years ago.
With activities such as Humans vs. Zombies running rampant on colleges campuses I shouldn’t be surprised that a game based in a fantasy world has become so popular, and yet, I still am. I do have to admit that the physicality of the game is impressive–it definitely isn’t for those out of shape or lacking in competitive nature.For more information, visit the IQA’s website.