Just because there won’t be any more Harry Potter movies doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a rousing game of Quidditch – or at least Muggle Quidditch, the real sport based on the fictional one. And if you’re interested in serious Quidditch teams, look no farther than the International Quidditch Association, the governing body founded in 2007 after the first intercollegiate Quidditch match. It is comprised of over 1000 teams from all over the world, though primarily the U.S. and Canada.
If you want to see what it’s all about, you can hit up the Quidditch World Cup later this month. On November 12-13 at Randall’s Island in New York City, 100 teams from 5 countries will compete for the ultimate wizarding sports title. And it’s more than just a sporting match, it’s an event – featuring bands (including wizard rock!), circus performers, owls, and improv comedians as announcers.
There’s a good chance that your school could have a team in attendance, though the three-year reigning champions Middlebury College might be tough to beat.