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Quidditch is a game originally developed by author J.K. Rowling in the fictional Harry Potter universe. Colleges around the country now field teams of students who play "Muggle Quidditch," which is sponsored by the International Quidditch Association.

 

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The Association is now comprised of more than 1,000 teams and prospective teams from more than 13 nations. (There's no flying broomsticks quite yet, but with how quickly our technology evolves, you never know what's in store for the future of the sport.)

Article: 'Quidditch' Championship ...
Source: Portsmouth, RI Patch

When starting your Quidditch League, the number one thing you need is people. At first it is quite difficult to get people out there to play. It takes a lot of perseverance and confidence. Sometimes on the first day you literally need to walk around dorms and drag people out of bed. The fact is, Quidditch is something that has to be seen to be believed, because it sounds pretty silly on paper.

Article: Intercollegiate Quidditch...
Source: Savannah Quidditch League

"I think that having NCAA status will give it a little more credibility and help keep it around a little bit longer," Fischman says. "I'm hoping that it stays around after the Harry Potter generation leaves college."

Article: A Muggle's Dream: Quiddit...
Source: NPR

Harvard University, M.I.T, Yale, Penn State, Duke — several prestigious universities are registered for the World Cup and count quidditch among their extracurricular activities. Not bad for a game that just a few years ago existed only in the pages of the Harry Potter series.

Article: A Muggle's Dream: Quiddit...
Source: NPR

What resulted is called Muggle Quidditch, since, of course, all its players will be Muggles (Rowling-ese for non-magical people). There won't be any flying -- damn gravity! -- but there will be broomsticks, held between the legs while running, bludgers (I'll teach you to try to score! Whack!) and even a snitch (the flying golden ball replaced by a fast guy or gal clad in gold with a tennis ball in a sock stuck in the waistband).

Article: Forget the movie ... try ...
Source: ESPN

They swooped in from 16 states and 46 colleges - all for a sport that was born out of wizards and witches flying around on broomsticks - and J.K. Rowling's imagination.

"When you first hear about it you think there's no way this could work in real life," said Alex. "And when you see it, it's a cool game and you don't have to be a Harry Potter fan to appreciate it."

It's the 2010 Quidditch World Cup in New York City, a sport described as a cross between rugby, dodge ball and tag. It's also "complicated," said one player. "There are over 700 rules in Quidditch."

Article: Quidditch World Cup Flies...
Source: CBS News

The first intercollegiate Quidditch World Cup was held in 2007 at Middlebury College in Vermont, between Middlebury and Vassar College from Poughkeepsie, New York. And now, just four years later, we find ourselves here: in New York City, with enough athletes to fill eight subway cars to capacity. The teams hail from 27 states, the District of Columbia, two Canadian provinces, and at least two other countries.

Article: 100 teams. 2,000 athletes...
Source: World Cup Quidditch

Our three goals are based on the three essential elements that were necessary for Xander Manshel to conceive and create real-life quidditch. They represent the progression from an idea to a fully-fledged national organization. They can be emulated on any scale and unfold in the following order: creativity, community, and competition.

Article: Welcome to the IQA websit...
Source: International Quidditch A...

Our three goals are based on the three essential elements that were necessary for Xander Manshel to conceive and create real-life quidditch. They represent the progression from an idea to a fully-fledged national organization. They can be emulated on any scale and unfold in the following order: creativity, community, and competition.

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Source: POC 12-13

The International Quidditch Association, Inc, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to governing the sport of quidditch and inspiring young people to lead physically active and socially engaged lives.

Article: Welcome to the IQA websit...
Source: International Quidditch A...
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