Muggles in Ottawa were treated to a scene straight out of Hogwarts this past long weekend.
Quidditch, the sport you know and love from the Harry Potter series, took on real, physical form in a tournament that played out in our nation’s capital. If you aren’t familiar with the books and movies, Quidditch is a full-contact sport that the magically-inclined play which involves throwing a variety of balls through their respective hoops. Points are earned for each ball that makes it through, although a team can win immediately by catching something called the “snitch”–a tiny gold ball with wings that flies around rapidly. And you do the whole thing while flying around on a broom.
Basically, it looks like this:
With the Harry Potter series being as popular as it is, Quidditch was eventually modified for the real world. Thus the Ottawa Black Bears took on the Boston Night Raiders at the University of Ottawa to see who would move on in Major League Quidditch (yes, that’s a real league).
As you likely expected, the game is significantly less magical when played in real life. Instead of whizzing around on brooms doing barrel rolls, players run around on a field clutching a pole tucked between their legs. The snitch, meanwhile, takes the form of a sock that is velcroed onto a neutral player who is released to run amok on the field about 17 minutes into the game.
Again, we’re not making this stuff up.
Much to our dismay, Boston swept Ottawa over three straight games. You can get a sense of what the sport looks like in the video above.