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8 Things You Should Know About The REAL Quidditch World Cup

J.K. Rowling recently released a “History of the Quidditch World Cup” on Pottermore. Here’s what you need to know about the real-life version, happening April 5-6.

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1. The International Quidditch Association (IQA), sponsors the real-life version of the tournament. It's exactly like the fictional sport... minus a few exceptions.

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2. Fans of the series will certainly enjoy seeing the sport come to life, browsing merchandise booths, and watching entertainment acts.

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They may even get to see a little cosplay.

3. But it’s not just for Harry Potter fans. If you like co-ed, full-contact sports, you’ll probably like quidditch and IQA World Cup VII is the best place to see it.

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4. It’s the biggest event of the year for one of the fastest-growing intercollegiate sports that’s more popular than you might think.

This year's event will feature 80 of the top teams and there are 300 over real-life quidditch teams around the world.

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Literally around the world. They just had an exhibition match in Uganda.

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Last year's World Cup featured a team all the way from France.
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Last year's World Cup featured a team all the way from France.


5. The players aren't just a bunch of scrawny nerds running around on brooms. These athletes mean business.

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It can get pretty intense.

6. There will be Snitch shenanigans galore.

Snitches are amazing. They dress in yellow and have a tennis ball tucked into a long sock sticking out of their shorts and will do (almost) anything to defend it.

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7. Last year, the Longhorns from Texas Quidditch took home the title of Quidditch World Cup Champions in a spectacular final match against UCLA.

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8. IQA World Cup VII will be in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on April 5-6.

You can find more information, purchase tickets, and get a link to a live stream at the IQA World Cup VII website.

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