Apr 17, 2012, 1:22 PM EST
It’s a fact: Quidditch will be played at the London Olympics, it was announced recently by the International Quidditch Association. They would have gotten the word out sooner, but the owl just flew into the woods. No, it won’t be an official Olympic sport, but 2012 organizers are, well, organizing, and it involves brooms. People walking around Olympic Village in robes and holding quaffles. Everywhere you look, round-rimmed glasses.
I told you this would happen if we gave the Olympics to England. I warned all of you! Fools!
In Summer 2012 the IQA will organize an expo match in London during the Olympics. The IQA is currently assessing venues, working with media contacts, and reaching out to local teams. At minimum, the IQA will organize a UK vs. US match, and may bring additional European teams.
Will it be possible to win a gold medal in quidditch? Hopefully not. But it’s clear that this “sport” is here to stay.
So entrenched is the fake Harry Potter sport in the U.S. that there are 600 high school and college teams which play throughout the year in leagues and at invitationals. There is also an annual World Cup which last year was attended by 94 teams, and won by Middlebury College of Vermont over the University of Florida.
Middlebury was the location of the first U.S. quidditch team, in 2005.
You should also know that there is such a thing as college quidditch rankings, and the No. 1-ranked team for 2012 is … Ball State.
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