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Grab your broomstick, cape and wizard attire: it’s Quidditch time! Yep, you heard right, the magical game from the popular Harry Potter series has made its way to the muggle world.
Wannabe wizards swooped down on the Big Apple Sunday to participate in the fourth annual Quidditch World Cup. After two days of buzzing around with broomsticks between their legs, the reigning champ, Middlebury College in Vermont, out-flew colleges like Harvard and Yale.
The game resembles a combination of rugby, dodgeball and lacrosse. A reporter for KSL explains the game.
“You have three hoops posted on either end. The chaser here is trying to score 10 points each time he puts this quaffle in those hoops. But trying to stop them are the beaters. Who take these dodge balls and literally trying to pelt them at everybody. These dodgeballs are called bludgers. If you get hit with a bludger you have to drop everything you’re doing. The last line of defense is the keeper who tries to block the quaffle from going into those hoops.”
You can’t forget about the most critical player on the field - the snitch. This player dresses in gold and “flies” around the field to avoid being caught.
The game does comes with a hefty price tag. The Harvard team shelled out $600 to play. Most of the money went to purchasing broomsticks. A reporter for Fox News says some might not take the magical game so seriously.
“Critics say the game is more joke than sport and it's hard to tell which is more costly: the money spent playing it or the embarrassment it brings their institutions.”
Still, one parent tells WPIX, the game is bringing more teens outside and away from their gadgets.
Reporter: “For students it’s a break from video games and varsity sports, while parents worry about injuries from broomsticks of all things most are embracing this wizardly game.”
Parent: “Watch these kids. They’re not texting. They’re really communicating, talking. I haven’t seen this.”
The game might seem a little goofy, but one fan tells CBS there’s no magic wands to save you like in the movies. In the real-life game, it can get pretty rough.
“People say, you’re watching Quidditch, it’s so nerdy. You say, yeah watch the game. It’s a contact sport. It’s a lot rougher than you think.”
Players around the country are trying to have the NCAA officially recognize the sport. For now, players can visit the International Quidditch Association’s website to learn about rules and future competitions.
So what do you think? Will this magical sport take off or will it go from broom to gloom?
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