We all love Quidditch in the Harry Potter universe – it’s fast, dangerous, exciting, and way more exciting than any sport us boring muggles play.
Unfortunately, unless you know where you can buy a Nimbus 2000 or Firebolt broomstick (sorry we don’t sell them here on Magic Alley in our shop), it’s something you’ll have to just read about or watch.
However, it’s been adapted from the books into a sport for ordinary muggles to play, and it’s quickly growing in popularity!
Congratulations West Midlands Revolution – UK Quidditch champions!
Here in the UK, the West Midlands Revolution have just been crowned champions of the first ever UK Quidditch league, winning as one of eight teams competing for the highest accolade!
Held at Craven Park stadium in Hull, they won a close finals against the Southeast Knights to lift the trophy.
Congratulations to West Midlands Revolution, whom I’ve just seen on the news winning the first Quidditch Premier League. @quidpremleague
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) 28 August 2017
So how does it work?
Of course it doesn’t work exactly like the Quidditch we’re used to, but it stays as similar to it as it can.
Teams still consist of seven players – a Keeper, two Beaters, three Chasers, and a Seeker. Even though their broomsticks don’t let you fly off the ground, you’ll still have to stand on one and run with it between your legs.
Just like in Harry Potter, Chasers aim to throw the Quaffle (a deflated volleyball) through one of the three hoops to score ten points, while the opposing Keeper does their best to block any scoring attempts.
Beaters throw any of the three bludgers on the pitch (dodgeballs in this case) at opposing players, who if hit, can’t continue to be involved in the game until they run back to their own hoop and touch it to tap back in.
A Seeker’s job is still to catch the Golden Snitch, which in this case is a tennis ball within a sock attached to a person who has no affinity to either team, who will enter the field of play and run around to try and avoid both Seekers across the two teams. Here, catching the Golden Snitch still ends the match, but it only awards 30 points to the team whose Seeker does catch it.
Once again, just like in the Harry Potter universe, Quidditch teams are unisex and no team can contain more than four players of the same sex at any time to ensure an even playing field where everyone gets a chance to play.
These rules create a game that is still hectic, frantic and fun to play!
How can you get involved?
If you’re in the UK, you’ll want to check out the Quidditch Premier League’s website. It contains all the specific information you need to find your local team.
Right now there are eight teams in the league, with four in the north and four in the south of England. While you’re locked into playing for your local team, they do make exceptions for people who live in places like Scotland or Wales, who don’t have one for their area yet.
They hold try outs where the best players are selected for the team, but if even if you’re not chosen, you still get to have a fun day playing Quidditch and meeting other Harry Potter fans!