The Quidditch World Cup Is This Weekend


Code Monkey
Staff member
Mar 20, 2004
Um... from the Bleacher Report:
It’s not “levi-O-sa,” it’s “levio-SAH.”

Ahem, I don’t know anything about Harry Potter (lies) and haven’t read the books (LIES), but I can certainly tell you that the sixth annual Quidditch World Cup will begin on Saturday, April 13, in Kissimmee, Fla.

Now, we can all go on pretending like we don’t know exactly what quidditch is, but for the four or five horribly bereft people out there, it’s an imaginary sport from the Harry Potter series that involves flying through the air on brooms and catching an assortment of different sentient and non-sentient balls.

Ah, feel the magic. No, it’s OK; sometimes magic can feel like sadness.

As league rules go, the matches are seven-on-seven, and all players on the field have to have a broom betwixt their legs at all time (chafe-city). The earth-bound version of the game is also played with a number of different, very un-enchanted items.

The muggle version of the quaffle is a “slightly deflated” volleyball, and the golden snitch is a human being—an “impartial” 15th player dressed all in gold who runs away from the pitch at the beginning of the game. The snitch has a golden sock with a tennis ball stuffed in it.

Yes, this is happening in real life, and no, you cannot stop it. What you can do is volunteer to set up the Quidditch World Cup (experience with quidditch is not required) or watch the international competition between teams on live stream:

Watch IQA Quidditch World Cup VI on @livestream:…

— Quidditch World Cup (@QuiddWorldCup) April 9, 2013

Also, if this hasn’t gotten weird enough for you, the University of Miami is a heavy favorite. No word has been given on whether Shane Larkin will be the team’s seeker yet.

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