- Quidditch has been adapted from Harry Potter to be played in real life
- One of the fastest growing sports in the world
In the films and books, Harry Potter and his friends fly around on brooms in the air, but as this is impossible in reality, those that play Quidditch in real life must hold a ‘broom’ between their legs at all times while they run around trying to score points.
Some of those fans have been so inspired by Harry’s adventures around Hogwarts and the wizarding world that they have attempted to bring aspects of the film to life.
A group of friends in Derby have formed their own Quidditch club and are part of a national league set-up.
It is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK, and Derby’s squad has more than doubled in the past year, and now has more than 20 members.
In its physical form, the game was invented in 2005 at a university campus in Vermont, America, by a couple of students who were keen Harry Potter fans and wanted to bring the game to life.
The game is massively popular in the USA, but has gained fans around the world, with over 300 teams from 20 countries now registered.
Players run around trying to beat each other with Bludgers, score with Quaffles and attempt to catch the Golden Snitch; a role which Harry Potter himself was particularly good at.
Once the snitch is caught, the game is over and the team that catches it is awarded 30 points.
It is a sport that’s a combination of various traditional sports, including rugby and dodgeball, and is full contact even though it is mixed gender.
Andy Cooke describes how he sustained a serious injury playing Quidditch
Derby’s club captain, Andy Cooke, said that being part of the Harry Potter generation is part of the appeal of playing Quidditch.
He said: “Growing up and reading the books and watching the films was a massive influence for me.
“It’s always been something that I’ve thought would be good if it was made into a real sport.”
Derby’s vice captain and vice chairman of governing body Quidditch UK, Matthew Guenzel, said the squad will continue to expand: “I can see Derby having two or three squads, with maybe one of those competing at a high level at the national championships.
“If we have more squads, then it will suit different peoples’ levels of interest, with some teams playing more for fun and others playing more competitively.”
GoPro footage of Seekers trying to catch the Snitch in training.