Players may not be able to fly over the fields, but they will be taking over a number of them in Round Rock, Texas, for the annual U.S. Quidditch Cup.
The game, based on the sport from the “Harry Potter” series, involves team members running around with brooms between their legs as they try to score points by throwing a ball called the Quaffle through a series of their opponent’s hoops. Players called Beaters use balls called Bludgers to knock a player out of the game until they touch their own hoops. Simultaneously, each team has a Seeker who tries to grab ahold of a ball called the Snitch attached to the waist of a neutral runner who does everything possible to avoid being caught. The game ends when the Snitch is captured.
“While the game can appear chaotic to the casual observer, Quidditch is an exciting sport to watch and is even more fun to play,” according to a release.
More than 150 games in college and community divisions will be held at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex at 2001 N. Kenney Fort Boulevard April 14-15. In addition to games, there will also be a fan festival. The event starts at 9 a.m. both days and goes until 9:45 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $12-$33 and are for either one day or a full weekend. There is also free parking at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex.