Athletic Harry Potter Nerds Unite For The Quidditch World Cup

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What happens when a bunch of ambitious college students who grew up on Harry Potter tire of the usual club sports like Ultimate Frisbee and dodgeball? They form Quidditch teams, of course! Forget the fact that Quidditch involves riding brooms, defying gravity, and chasing a Golden Snitch with a mind of its own, and forget that the sport was made up entirely by J.K. Rowling and was only ever meant to exist in our minds, it’s just proof once again that with enough cheap beer fueling you, nothing is impossible.

The Quidditch World Cup, now in its FOURTH year, was held in New York City this weekend and forty-six teams from across the country participated. The fact that not a single player flew seemed inconsequential to the athletes, and ultimately, Middlebury College’s squad of Muggles took the snitch to win it. Please enjoy some of our favorite photos from the event (that t-shirt above is perhaps the greatest thing ever to be silk-screened) and after the jump, a video of some of the matches that took place. You haven’t lived till you’ve seen two teams running around with brooms between their legs just to catch a non-magical golf ball.

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