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4th Annual Quidditch World Cup Being Held Tomorrow and Sunday in Manhattan

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Posted by: Mel
November 12, 2010, 09:10 PM

As you may recall, the International Quidditch Association will be hosting the 4th Annual Quidditch World Cup tomorrow, November 13th, and Sunday, November 14th in New York City. Both Entertainment Weekly and Fox Sports have reported on the event, as well as the idea of Quidditch as a sport:

When the first Harry Potter film hit theaters in 2001, could you have predicted that New York City would be hosting the fourth annual Quidditch World this weekend? Some of you may be aware that students at Vermont’s Middlebury College are credited with first making the fantasy sport a reality in 2005, and today, there’s an International Quidditch Association. Forty-six teams will compete this weekend, including Middlebury, Boston University, Michigan State, NYU, Vassar, Syracuse, and Yale.


Fox Sports reports on the impetus behind Quidditch as a sport, as well as the significance of this year's World Cup:

"Quidditch was this bridge between the fantasy world of the books and the more concrete world of college," says Manshel, who has graduated and now teaches English. "For us [playing] was a way to have both."

But now Harry has grown-up — and so has the sport. There are tournaments, new rules and special brooms for competitive play.
The "Quidditch World Cup" is moving this year to the Big Apple from Middlebury's idyllic campus. More than 60 college and high school teams have registered to compete Nov. 13 and 14 — up from 20 last year — at a park in Manhattan.
"Our hope is that it will be a real coming out party for the league," says Alex Benepe, one of the sport's founders and president of the newly formed nonprofit International Quidditch Association. It's now played at hundreds of schools, he says.


You can read both articles here and here.

We also have a promotional video from the IQA for tomorrow's Quidditch World Cup which you can see here or below.






Many thanks to the IQA and April for the tip!

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FIRST! I’m so bloody jealous that I can’t go…

Posted by MJB™ on November 12, 2010, 09:19 PM report to moderator
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Lol that looks hilarious

Posted by ::Elfie:: on November 12, 2010, 09:23 PM report to moderator
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wow… jealous i cant be there but sooo want to watch

Posted by skittles on November 12, 2010, 09:35 PM report to moderator
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its sounds and looks great! cant be there :( damn…

Posted by ϟ☮Sindi a.k.a Remy [ROAR!!]☮ϟ on November 12, 2010, 10:12 PM report to moderator
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Awwww, i so wish i could go!

Posted by RavenclawGirl751 {*WBM*} on November 12, 2010, 10:23 PM report to moderator
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I’m covering the event. Should be a lot of fun.

Posted by Vineeth Thomas on November 12, 2010, 11:09 PM report to moderator
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I hope this never becomes a NCAA sport. The regulations alone would kill the spirit.

Posted by jillians642 on November 12, 2010, 11:33 PM report to moderator
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My school got a Quidditch team right after I graduated!!! I really wish I could go to this

Posted by Alice Weasley{Weasley's Queen} [ROAR!] on November 13, 2010, 01:16 AM report to moderator
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Awwww, i so wish i could go!

Posted by Azaad Potter The Chosen One [ROAR] on November 13, 2010, 03:50 AM report to moderator
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Go MSU and EMU!

Posted by TerieB on November 13, 2010, 05:23 AM report to moderator
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That looks amazing. Wish I could go :)

Posted by Darth Mary on November 13, 2010, 10:00 AM report to moderator
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This looks AWESOME!!! love the concept, but how to people watch it? It seems to go all over manhattan?

Posted by MossHorpione on November 13, 2010, 10:41 AM report to moderator
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That would be so cool!!!

Posted by HJPlvr4ever on November 13, 2010, 10:48 AM report to moderator
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Thats pretty cool!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on November 13, 2010, 01:29 PM report to moderator
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The video with the snitch is hilarious ;D

Posted by Mr. Brightside on November 13, 2010, 01:52 PM report to moderator
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