Anyone who shares my Harry Potter geekery knows that Quidditch is a magical game played on flying broomsticks. What you may not know (unless you also share my Harry Potter über-geekery) is that a Muggle version of Quidditch exists; it’s played at college and high-school levels, and for the past four years they’ve held a championship tournament — the Quidditch World Cup. Click here for the Muggle Quidditch rules: the game is a blend of dodgeball, volleyball, flag football and tag. Oh, and you run around with magical broomsticks between your legs (insert sophomoric but probably funny joke here).
This year, Quidditch teams gathered in NYC to compete for highest honor in all of fake sportdom, with the championship game played between Tufts and Middlebury. Though the title ultimately went to Middlebury, I gotta say that Tufts had arguably the best team name and cheer (see video). The crowd consisted mostly of college students who have a strong vein of geekery, little kids with their parents, and really anyone wanting to indulge their inner kid. Good times.
Here are some photos and videos of the championship game of the Quidditch World Cup tournament held in New York City between Middlebury and Tufts, and from the awards ceremony that followed:
And the video:
Game footage between Middlebury and Tufts, Quidditch World Cup 2010. Part One:
Game footage between Middlebury and Tufts, Quidditch World Cup 2010. Part Two:
McGill University accepts the sportsmanship award. Drunken American frat boys attempt to sing Canadian national anthem along with them, nearly causing international incident:
Pitt accepts third-place award, gets all Neil Diamondy:
Tufts accepts second-place award and sings awesome Quidditch team song:
And finally, the champions: Middlebury College and their victory conga line: