Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup to Be Held in NYC

Over 100 college teams will gather on Randall’s Island in New York City this coming weekend to compete in the fifth International Quidditch Association World Cup. Sometimes referred to as “Muggle Quidditch,” the sport inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has continued to grow since the first non-fiction game of Quidditch was played at Middlebury College in 2005. This year, the International Quidditch Association will host 100 colleges and over 2,000 players at the two-day event, with teams representing colleges from the U.S., Canada and Finland, along with high school teams.
Currently, the top ranking teams, according to the International Quidditch Association, are Middlebury College, University of Kansas, Louisiana State University, Texas A&M and Emerson College.
In addition to ten fields of match-ups, the World Cup is accompanied by a festival and live music. The headliner of the half-time show has yet to be announced, but a public relations representative from the Quidditch Association indicated that that there will be a major musical act performing on Sunday.
Quidditch fans who cannot attend the event, there will be Twitter feeds for each field, and a live stream. The International Quidditch Association is also developing an iPad app that will display games play-by-play. Learn more and purchase tickets by visiting the event’s official website at
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