Although the sport has gained popularity, it isn’t recognised by Warner Bros or Scholastic, the companies that own Harry Potter merchandise rights. This despite the fact that JK Rowling has acknowledged the International Quidditch Federation.
Organisers and players lament the lack of funds to play the game. In fact, Benepe says, leagues charge membership dues and sell event tickets to raise money. “Teams conduct fundraisers to pay for league costs. National teams also use fundraising websites to get other players and teams in the league for support,” he says.
Players also make the best of what they have. According to Belsole, many tend to make their brooms by taking an old broomstick and wrapping coloured paper around it. “Professional broomsticks, which are now available, are still expensive,” he says.
“Rather than abatement, we’ve only seen accelerating interest in the game, which people are beginning to see as their own sport and not a fantasy reenactment. Lofty claims, I know, but I’m very excited, because now is our time to begin proving all of that,” Benepe had once said in an interview to Wired.