A Quidditch Premiere League is coming to the UK

Grab your broomsticks…

By Charlotte Brouwer, 16 November 2016
A Quidditch Premiere League is coming to the UK

Forget about football, the UK now has a Quidditch Premier League.

Yep. Quidditch has certainly come a long way since the Harry Potter books.

Dreamed up by author JK Rowling, Quidditch is played by witches and wizards who fly through the air on broomsticks.

But although originally a make-believe sport, Quidditch is already taken seriously all over the world.

Which is a bit surprising, really, as in its real-world equivalent, players hold a broom between their legs as they run around the pitch, chasing a tennis ball in a sock, pinned to a players’ pants.

Invented by two students in Vermont in 2005, Quidditch is now played by 20,000 players in 25 countries, some of which have university and college leagues. Although the league will be a first for the UK, other nations are already competing internationally.

There is even a biannual Quidditch World Cup (Australia beat the US at the Quidditch World Cup in Frankfurt last July, in case you were wondering), and a documentary called Mudbloods follows the UCLA Quidditch team on their path to the Quidditch World Cup in New York City.

Thanks to its popularity, a Quidditch Premiere League is now due to launch in the UK, with eight teams competing for the title of national Quidditch champion. The League will run from May to August, with tryouts in April.

Each of the eight teams will represent a different region of England; The London Monarchs will represent the capital in the national championships, alongside Southwest Broadside, Southeast Knights, Eastern Mermaids, Northern Watch, Yorkshire Roses, East Midland Archers and the West Midland Shredders.

The teams themselves are open to any player in the UK, so grab your broomstick from ASDA and get training!

Needless to say, the rules have been adapted somewhat to get around the whole not-being-able-to-fly thing.

The aim is still to throw a quaffle through hoops to score goals.

As in the novels, there are seven players per team on the field at a time: a keeper, who guards the hoops, three chasers, who try to throw a “quaffle” (a semi-deflated volleyball) through the hoops to score goals, two beaters, who throw “bludgers” (dodgeballs) at the opposing team, and one seeker, who attempts to catch the “snitch”.

Sadly, the elusive flying golden ball isn't quite so magical in reality; players have resorted to using a sock with a tennis ball inside it, attached to the snitch runner’s shorts.

Harry would be proud.