Quidditch World Cup in New york
Broom-wielding quidditch players sweep New York in the fourth annual Quidditch World Cup.
RUNNING around in a cape after a ball with a broomstick between your legs may sound silly. But try telling that to the hundreds invading New York last weekend to reenact Harry Potter’s magical game of quidditch.
Wannabe wizards converged on the Big Apple from all over the United States for the fourth annual Quidditch World Cup.
Even if they couldn’t fly, and even if the winged, golden “snitch” ball from the books was reincarnated as an earthbound student wearing yellow, competition was every bit as fierce as in the mega-selling J.K. Rowling series.
“We don’t take it too seriously,” deadpanned Zach Doleac, a 20-yearold student from Middlebury College in Vermont, as his team prepared to defend its three consecutive championship titles. “We might if we lose. But then we haven’t lost yet.”
Last Sunday, after two days of games between 46 teams from colleges like Harvard, Yale and from as far away as Florida and Ohio, Middlebury kept their crown, defeating Tufts University in the final by 100 to 50.
But from the first moments of the tournament, it was clear no one had come just to dress up in odd costumes.
As in the books and movies, real world quidditch fields are circular. Players try to throw “quaffles” – in this case volleyballs – through three large hoops, while the “snitch” is chased for extra points.
The result is a game resembling something like rugby, volleyball, lacrosse, basketball, dodgeball, and none of the above – after all, it involves young adults pretending to fly on brooms.
Certainly one feature from the movies, the latest of which premiered in London last week, is perfectly replicated: mayhem.
Within an hour of the tournament’s start, several players lay groaning on the grass, their broomsticks abandoned.
One man was taken off holding a bandage to his mouth and a woman, her face covered in blood after a collision, spent several minutes on her back undergoing treatment by an ambulance crew.
During a break, the founder of the International Quidditch Association, Alex Benepe, reflected on his surprising success. After all, the fantasy game is competing for attention on campuses against a collegiate sports machine that churns out near-pro-level teams in football, basketball and other standard games.
Dapper in top hat and pinstripe suit, Benepe says he helped invent the of quidditch Sunday art history
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Ball of a good time: Competitors sizing up one another during a match.
Hoop, hoop, hurray: Competitors warming up in the field.
Wizard wannabe: A competitor strutting his stuff during a match.
Weapon of mass enjoyment: Brooms lie ready to be ridden prior to the start of a match.