Grab Your Brooms! Quidditch Global Games coming to Burnaby, B.C. in July
The real Quidditch world cup is coming to Vancouver. Well, Burnaby. And it's called the Global Games, which is now a much different tournament than the Quidditch World Cup, although that exists, too.
The International Quidditch Association (IQA) is holding the Quidditch Global Games at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West on July 19, 2014. According to VanCity Buzz, the IQA has a worldwide membership of over 1,000 teams spread over 13-plus nations.
The last Quidditch Global Games were held in England at Oxford University in October, 2012. Gold was won by the United States, with silver going to France (the Delacours?) and bronze to Australia.
In 2012, Canada and the United Kingdom were the only other two teams involved, and the only two not to medal.
Here are highlights from the 2010 world cup, held in New York City's Dewitt Clinton Park:
Each team contains 21 roster players, with seven on the field at one time (just like in the movie, sorry, the book).
The snitch – that yellow ball with a life of its own, which had to be caught by the seeker for the game to be won, or to be won early – is a tennis ball shoved in a sock, which is tied to the waist band of a real player.
That player is neutral and has to avoid the seekers of both teams.
(On Wikipedia, the human-invented game of Quidditch is cleverly referred to as Muggle Quidditch.)
If you need a refresher on the rules, I'll let Oliver Wood explain: