Muggles Make Quidditch Their Own in Texas and Across the Country

The Texas Quidditch team held their first scrimmage this month and will have their third Quidditch scrimmage on Sunday, October 24th at 4pm. Texas Quidditch is an award-winning organization bringing the magical game of Quidditch from the Harry Potter books and movies to Muggles (non-magical people) so that it can be played on the ground.

Texas Quidditch is a club sport at the University of Texas in Austin that was founded in 2009 but they were not the first to create the game and its traditions. It actually began at Middlebury College in Vermont in 2005 and now universities across the globe participate.

You will find Muggles of all types- from diehard Harry Potter fans to supreme athletes who may not have ever so much as seen a Harry Potter movie. They come together to ride broomsticks and compete in an interesting ball game that is sort of like a mix of soccer, dodge ball and tag.

Texas Quidditch is a member of The International Quidditch Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Quidditch. Here you can learn more about other Quidditch teams, participating schools and universities and how you can play Quidditch yourself.

The IQA hosts the Quidditch World Cup tournament where more than 100 universities from around the world compete each year in New York City. For the first time, the Texas varsity team will be competing in the World Cup in November.

The IQA has official game rules, team standings, news and more on their website. Here you can find out how to play, how to join a team in your area and anything else you want to know about Quidditch. While the sport is very popular in colleges and universities, it's actually available to players of all ages and backgrounds and the IQA can help set you up with Quidditch-loving Muggles from your area.

The game originated in J.K. Rowling's novel "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." For Quidditch, seven-player teams are divided into different positions: Keepers, Chasers, Seekers and Beaters. This real life version of the fictional game is often called "ground-Quidditch" or "Muggle-Quidditch" and it's basically the same game as in the books, minus the flying.

The IQA's mission: The International Quidditch Association, Inc, is a magical nonprofit dedicated to promoting the sport of Quidditch and inspiring young people to lead physically active and socially engaged lives.

See pictures of Texas Quidditch scrimmages on their Facebook page to see the fun in action.

Lisa is a youth coach, avid runner and overall sports enthusiast. She writes for Y!CN on golf, basketball, football, sports health and nutrition, interesting sports news and more.

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Updated Thursday, Oct 20, 2011