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Edinboro University ready to host wizardly Quidditch Tournament on campus April 28

Goalies, chasers, beaters and seekers to compete

04/20/2012

EDINBORO, Pa. – J.K. Rowling would be proud!

On Saturday, April 28, Edinboro University’s lawns will be taken over by the magic of Harry Potter, as the “Flying” Scots host a Muggle Quidditch Tournament. The Spring Snitch Tournament will include teams from the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Rochester, Carnegie Mellon University, SUNY Geneseo and, of course, host Edinboro University.

Actually, quidditch is a real and growing sport that was inspired by the game of muggle quidditch featured in the Harry Potter novels of J.K. Rowling. There have since been five World Cup Championships held in New York City and sponsored by the International Quidditch Association.

The game is played with seven players on each team: One keeper (goalie), three chasers, two beaters, and one seeker.

The three chasers try to score points for their team by getting the quaffle (a partly deflated soccer ball) through one of the three goals. The beaters use volleyballs and soccer balls to throw and hit the opposing team’s chasers. The seeker’s purpose is to try and catch the snitch, which is a student who wears a sock with a small ball inside.

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Whether or not spectators understand the rules, the game is great fun to watch, and especially enjoyable for the players.

Edinboro University’s tournament will begin at 11 a.m. on the lawns between Loveland, Doucette and Crawford Halls, and the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center, on the west side of campus.

The games are free and open for the public. Spectators are encouraged to bring along lawn chairs or blankets from which to better enjoy the tournament.

Edinboro’s Quidditch Tournament is a natural follow-up to last fall’s spectacular Potterfest, which was created by Philosophy Professor Corbin Fowler.    

The highly successful Potterfest is expected to return to Edinboro University and the surrounding communities in the fall of 2012.