100 teams. 2,000 athletes. 1 World Cup.
From humble origins
The first intercollegiate Quidditch World Cup was held in 2007 at Middlebury College in Vermont, between Middlebury and Vassar College from Poughkeepsie, New York. And now, just four years later, we find ourselves here: in New York City, with enough athletes to fill eight subway cars to capacity. The teams hail from 27 states, the District of Columbia, two Canadian provinces, and at least two other countries.
“A cross between the Superbowl and a medieval festival” – Fox News
World Cup has always been about more than the bracket. The announcers are improv comedians. Spectators can listen to live music of all stripes (performances in 2010 ranged from Harry and the Potters to a jazz quartet to a beat boxer), eat a variety of ethnic and American foods, shop for Harry Potter- and other whimsical-themed merchandise, see live owls, fire jugglers, and get their faces painted. World Cup is a celebration of having fun and growing up on our own terms. Come for the spectacle, for the atmosphere, for the world-class athleticism. (We’re not kidding!) Whether you’re a die-hard Harry Potter fan or you’ve never heard of this Quidditch thing, you’ll have an unforgettable weekend. We promise.
Leave the book at home. This sport is real.
TIME Magazine put it best in their coverage of the 2010 World Cup: