Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Village of Gettsyburg is seeking Quidditch teams for a charity tournament at its Homecoming Festival, Saturday June 27th.

Quidditch is well-known by Harry Potter fans as an exciting and action-packed game played hundreds of feet in the air by broom-riding witches and wizards. It has been translated into ground version for non-magical folk called Muggle Quidditch. This coed sport has grown in popularity over the last several years to the point that there is a movement to make it a professional sport. There is already a multinational governing called the International Quidditch Association (

A Quidditch team is comprised of seven members: three chasers, two beaters, one keeper and one seeker. The chasers score points by throwing the quaffle (volleyball), past the opposing team’s keeper and through one of three hoops. The beaters block chasers with bludgers (dodge balls). Once hit, the chaser drops the quaffle and must touch his/her team’s goal post before returning to play. While the main action is going on, the seekers attempt to catch the “golden snitch.” The snitch is a tennis ball in a sack attached to the back side of a fast runner. Catching the snitch counts as triple points and ends the game. And just as in the Harry Potter version, all players ride brooms.

Teams of any skill level are encouraged to register for the Gettysburg Homecoming Festival Tournament. Males and females of all skill levels aged 13 to 18 as of June 27 are eligible to play. There is an entry fee of $10 per player and all profits will go to the charity of the winning team’s choice. The tournament will take place on the Cardinal Center (Gettysburg School) ball field. More information is available by contacting the Gettysburg Village Office (937)447-2171. Registration forms are available at

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