There are no flying broomsticks. Hogwarts does not exist. Harry Potter is a work of fiction. But that hasn't stopped fans from creating the International Quidditch Association. And if you happen to be in New York City on Nov. 12 and 13, you can cheer on the team of your choice at the Fifth Quidditch World Cup.
If you haven't heard of the Quidditch World Cup, it's time you do: For the weekend, 100 college and high school teams, from 22 states and four countries (the United States, Canada, Finland and New Zealand), will be battling each other to see who can snatch the snitch.
That's 2000 participants playing what the International Quidditch Association describes "as a cross between rugby, dodge ball and tag."
Better yet, there's more to the event than cheering. According to the World Cup website, ticket holders get to enjoy:
- Over a dozen Live rock bands, Wizard Wrock, Circus sideshows, live owl demonstrations, costumes and more.
- Live commentary on every field from professional improv comedians from the PIT club in NYC.
- Butterbeer, Turkey Legs, Bertie Botts beans, BBQ, chili, hot chocolate, real beer, and many other things your stomach desires.
Sadly, you can't participate unless you join a team, and it seems as if teams are limited to college- and high-school-aged participants. But those who do participate seem, from the documentary below, to have a blast. It looks like a great way to get your geek on and build up a sweat at the same time.