The 9th US Quidditch Cup begins this weekend in South Carolina as 60 teams from around the country compete for the title.
A decade ago, in 2005, Muggles first brought Quidditch, the most popular sport in the wizarding world, to the masses of those who cannot fly on brooms, and are unused to posters where anyone moves. Begun at Middlebury College in Vermont, the first teams wore towels for capes, and rode whatever they could find–even a lamp. The first “World Cup” was held in 2007, between Middlebury and Vassar College, which was the second school to pick up the sport.
Now, a decade later, Quidditch–which has grown to have both American and International iterations–gathers for the 9th time in the US for our country’s “Quidditch Cup,” so renamed after last year. The now-international IQA World Cup will be held in Germany later this summer, just before Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is released. From a small subset of teams in the North East, Quidditch is now a game played across the world. Over the course of the next two days, 60 teams from across the US will play each other for the title.
This year’s matches will be held at Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia, South Carolina. The livestream is being hosted by the official US Quidditch Cup Website.
For those attending the event, be sure to check out the Quidditch Turns Ten display that will be open throughout the weekend to visitors. It’s a remarkable testament to fandom that the sport has grown exponentially the way it has, and has done so over the course of a single decade. On Sunday, one of our favorite bands here at W&W, Harry and the Potters, will be performing live at the park for all the fans in attendance.
For those who wonder which games are the ones to tune in for, EighthMan has a fantastic rundown of which games you should watch and why, as well as the rankings. We’ll be watching all weekend!