ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — For the second year in a row, Bludgers will be flying, the Quaffle will be tossed and the Golden Snitch will sprint around as the U.S. Quidditch Cup returns to Round Rock.
Round Rock officials announced Friday the city would host the 2019 finals of the game from the Harry Potter books. Players run with brooms (or broom handles) between their legs as they try to score points by throwing a ball through hoops and avoiding being knocked out of play by being hit with a ball known as a Bludger. The game ends when one of the team’s Seekers catches the Snitch, attached to the waist of a neutral player who tries to avoid capture.
The city says positive feedback from when it hosted the US Quidditch Cup in April factored into Quidditch officials’ decision to host it at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex again. The tournament this year was the second-largest quidditch event on record, with more than 4,000 athletes, fans, officials and volunteers.
“We had a fantastic experience in Round Rock this past April, and we’re excited to work with our partners there to continue to elevate the event experience for all attendees,” said U.S. Quidditch Executive Director Sarah Woolsey. “The city has been very welcoming and we appreciate all of their support.”