Break out your omnioculars, Lovelies! New York’s Randall Island plans to host the International Quidditch Association’s Quidditch World Cup on November 12 and 13. While Viktor Krum won’t be playing, the tournament attracts over a hundred college and high school teams from around the country.
Not only will spectators get to see ’round-the-clock Quidditch, but there are also musical performances, food vendors, street performers, face painters… And what Harry Potter hap would be complete without the opportunity to buy awesome souvenirs? Basically, it’s sports event and a festival rolled into one. What could be bad?
Muggle Quidditch is a relatively new sport that is, obviously, not played in the air. Players hold brooms between their legs, and the Snitch is a person dressed in gold. Beyond that, though, the game is pretty much the same as the wizard version. Chasers play with the Quaffle and try to score. Beaters try to peg other players with Bludgers and Chasers guard the three goalposts.
I have a friend who’s a chaser for the University of Miami’s crazy awesome team (that’s her with the Quaffle in the picture), and these guys are legitimate athletes. You wouldn’t believe the number of battle scars she’s gotten and the brutal fouls she’s told me about. Tickets to the World Cup range from $4.99 for children’s tickets to $99.99 for the VIP package, and attendees are guaranteed to see intense, hard-hitting action, Potter style.
For more info, visit the official website.
Does this sound like an event you’d like to attend?