Quidditch kicks off at Oxford University
The wizarding game from the Harry Potter series played on broomsticks, Quidditch, has taken off [ha haa...] at Oxford University.
Last Saturday the age-old university hosted a mini-tournament, with the players running about with brooms between their legs, trying to get a ‘quaffle’ into a hoop. The golden snitch is even involved although it only scores you an extra 30 points if you catch it, unlike in the books. This is mainly because it’s not a magic tiny ball with wings, more of a tennis ball, and therefore a lot easier to catch.
An adaptation of the game, to allow non-magical folk to play, called ‘Muggle Quidditch,’ has been played over the pond for some seven years. The US’s top institutions, including Harvard, Yale and Stamford have well established Quidditch teams.