Starting today in Sarteano, Italy muggles will mount their broomsticks, and set out to win a tournament as beaters, chasers, and keepers.
Potter heads rejoice! The European Quidditch Games are taking place July 24 - 27, 2015, and teams have come from around the world to put their magical abilities to test. Each team represents their country in Europe, so we all pretty much know that Ireland is going to win...right? I might need to take a class in Divination before I can confirm.
The sport was created in 2005 at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont by Xander Manshel and Alex Benepe. And since then, it’s been at big hit-- especially at Universities around the world.
This Harry Potter inspired game in muggle form is really fun to watch. And the explained the rules are pretty easy too:
It’s essentially like the real game, but without flying, and with red bouncy balls.
Here’s the rulebook in case you want to read up and get your team World-Cup ready.
Oh, and the snitch is actually a person dressed up in gold that runs around. It’s pretty great.
Good luck to all the teams competing this year! I hope you catch the snitch and you have Keeper that is as good as Ron Weasley.