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University casts Quidditch championship

November 6, 2014
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University casts Quidditch championship
The Grand Valley Grindylows play a Quidditch match on campus. Courtesy GVSU

Students from across the Midwest are descending on a university this weekend to compete in the sport first played in the magical world of “Harry Potter.”

The Midwest Quidditch Regional Championship will be played this Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Outdoor and Intramural Fields at Grand Valley State University in Allendale.

The Office of Student Life at GVSU and the nonprofit West Michigan Sports Commission are hosting the tournament, which is expected to draw nearly 600 students.

Quidditch

The university-level Quidditch matches are an adaptation of the sport played by “Harry Potter” in the fictional world created by J.K. Rowling.

Teams such as the Grand Valley Grindylows will try to score and capture the golden snitch during matches. A standard Quidditch match includes seven players, including three chasers, two beaters, a keeper and a seeker.

Teams

About 30 teams will participate for a chance to compete at the 2015 U.S. Quidditch World Cup in South Carolina. The teams hail from 12 states across the country: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Teams from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University will be in attendance.

Last year, Bowling Green State University took home the regional championship.

Spectators are welcome to attend the free event.

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