A Muggle-friendly version of Quidditch — a sport played by wizards in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series — will be played this weekend at Lacey’s Regional Athletic Complex.
Experience Olympia & Beyond — the area visitor and convention bureau — partnered with U.S. Quidditch to bring its regional Quidditch tournament here, according to a news release.
The tournament will feature teams from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The top team will qualify for the U.S. Quidditch Cup, which will be held in Texas this spring. (Believe it or not, there’s also a World Cup.)
U.S. Quidditch players also will be teaching youth quidditch on both days of the tournament. The event is free and open to the public.
So, how is quidditch played by Muggles, Rowling’s term for non-magical folk?
“Quidditch is played with seven players to a team all mounted on brooms,” the news release reads. “They score points with the quaffle (a volleyball) and the snitch, a neutral yellow-clad athlete who tries to avoid capture similar to flag football.”
It’s also described as a full-contact and mixed-gender sport, according to the release.
For more information about the tournament, go to the U.S. Quidditch website at www.usquidditch.org.