Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Quidditch World Cup

By: Callie Ball
On the weekend of July 23 and 24, in Frankfurt, Germany, 24 teams from six continents will compete for the title of Quidditch world champion.

The game is played the same as in J.K. Rowling’s books which made it famous – except these brooms don’t fly. Each team has a total of seven players, consisting of one keeper, three chasers, two beaters and one seeker. Chasers attempt to throw the Quaffle (volleyball) through the opposing teams’ hoops which are guarded by the keeper. The beaters throw bludgers (dodgeballs) to disrupt the opposing players. Seekers attempt to catch the snitch which is a tennis ball, inside a sock, attached to the waistband of a neutral player. This neutral player is referred to as the snitch runner, they can leave the field and or play pranks on any player to avoid getting caught; once caught the game is over. All players, excluding the snitch runner, have a broom which is kept between their legs during the game.

The International Quidditch Association has been hosting the games biennially since 2012. This year’s competing countries are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Catalonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and the United States.

Team USA will be attempting to keep the title of Quidditch World Champion this year after defeating Australia in the 2014 World Cup held in Canada.


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