The third annual Quidditch World Cup will be held at Middlebury College in Vermont on October 25. Inspired by Harry Potter's signature sport, the event pits Intercollegiate Quidditch Association teams against each other in a magical athletic competition.
Unlike Harry, who whizzes through the air on his broomstick, players remain grounded. However, they do need to keep a broomstick in their hands at all time. They also wear capes and observe the basic structure of the game as laid out by JK Rowling in the Harry Potter books.
'Chasers' score goals and points for their team by throwing Quaffles (volleyballs) through giant hoops, 'Beaters' throw Bludgers (dodgeballs) at Chasers to temporarily knock them out of the game, and 'Keepers' protect their team's hoops (goals). The fast and elusive winged ball that must be caught to end the game, better known as the 'Golden Snitch,' is represented by a person (traditionally a cross-country runner) who is chased around the field by each team's 'Seeker.'
Some of the teams that will be participating in this year's Quidditch World Cup hail from the following colleges:
- Boston University
- Chestnut Hill
- Green Mountain College
- Louisiana State University
- Miami of Ohio
- Moravian College
- Oklahoma State
- St Lawrence
- Syracuse University
- Texas A& M
- UMass Amherst
- Villanova University
- Virginia Commonwealth University
Quidditch World Cup Event Schedule
Middlebury's annual Quidditch World Cup has been described as 'a cross between the Superbowl and a medieval festival.' In addition to a rousing athletic competition, participants and spectators enjoy live music and entertainment, fireball wielding professors, and exotic animals.
The event kicks off at 9:00 a.m. with a parade of teams that walk from McCullough Field to the Quidditch Field (Battell Beach) on Middlebury's campus. After an opening ceremony and speech by the Middlebury Commons Coordinator and Grand Quidditch Patron, the teams warm up and begin playing at 9:45 a.m.
Admission is free and open to the public. If you can't travel to the Middlebury campus, you can watch a live webcast of Quidditch World Cup on the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association website.