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Local Team Heads to New York City for Quidditch World Cup
Local Team Heads to New York City for Quidditch World Cup


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Today Eleanor Roosevelt High School students announced that they will be heading to New York City November 12-13thto compete in the annual Quidditch World Cup V.  Quidditch is the sport based on the fictional game coined in the Harry Potter series.  

The World Cup, held annually and sponsored by the International Quidditch Association, is a festival where invited teams compete for the Quidditch World Champions. Fox News described the World Cup as “a cross between the Super Bowl and a medieval festival.” This year, the Cup is being held on Randall’s Island in New York City.  It consists of two days of playing. The first day pits every team against a series of others. The highest ranking teams move to elimination rounds on Sunday until the top two teams compete in the finals on Sunday night.  Roosevelt’s team was invited for the first time this year to compete in the Division 2 competition.


In the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, the wizard characters play a game called Quidditch. The fictional game is played fifty feet in the air, with players riding enchanted broom sticks. In 2005, students at Middlebury College in Vermont started an intramural league for the sport they dubbed “Muggle Quidditch.” Since then, the International Quidditch Association was formed which currently has over 1000 teams from over 13 countries. The basic rules of the game remain the same, except the players remain safely on the ground and the “snitch” is a person – not a golden flying orb.

The Roosevelt team was started by Matthew Williams and Olivia Guerrieri in 2009.  They came up with the idea during class and realized how perfect the sport would be for the school, which is full of Harry Potter fans. They found a teacher sponsor and soon had permission from the principal. Two weeks later, the first meeting was packed with interested students and the first game was held at the end of the year.  They have evolved into a league where teams from each grade level compete over the course of the school year for the Roosevelt House Cup. 


Since the invitation in late October to the Quidditch World Cup, the traveling team has had four weeks to raise all its own travel expenses.


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