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October 21, 2008

Quidditch World Cup, Muggle Style

N4403292_31274426_504 So, you can’t fly. And, you can’t cast a magical spell. Well, here at Middlebury College, a group of students decided that they wouldn’t let such trivial matters squander their ambitions to compete in the fantastical sport of Quidditch. Founded in 2005 by a horde of enthusiastic freshman, “Muggle Quidditch” is now played at over 150 universities and colleges under the management of the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association.

How the hell do you play Quidditch without the Nimbus2000 or flying golden snitch? Instead of confusing you with all the rules and logistics of the game, I recommend you to check out these videos. And, yes, the snitch is a cross-country runner dressed in yellow with a tennis wrapped in a sock attached to his shorts.

If you can’t get enough and need more, then look no further. This weekend is the 2nd annual Quidditch World Cup, where teams from fourteen different schools will battle to stand among the ranks of Harry Potter, Oliver Wood (my favorite) and Viktor Krum. It will take place at Middlebury on Sunday, October 26, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., with a whole assortment of additional festivities — the student fire-juggling club, exploding potions by a chemistry professor, stilt walking, performances by Middlebury bands are just a few of them. Also, it’s free and there will be food… think American Flatbread! So, grab your cape and disapparate over here!

Oh, and make sure to check out Seven Days very own videographer Eva Sollberger’s coverage on the tournament next week!


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