Quidditch: Harry Potter and the Wizardly Workout

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By: , – Theresa K. Brady, editorial intern Fitness Magazine
8/11/2011 6:00 AM   :  28 comments   :  9,251 Views

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Being a fitness fan, of course, one of the things that always intrigued me about Harry Potter was the sport Quidditch. The game once reserved for students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (for all you non-Harry Potter fans, this is the school that Harry and his pals attend) has made its way to the muggle (translation: non-magical) world. In fact, it’s quite the trend: More than 2,000 athletes will participate in this year’s Quidditch World Cup, taking place in New York City on November 12 and 13.
 
The Northeast appears to be the hot spot for what the International Quidditch Association (IQA) claims is “the fastest-growing sport in the United States.” According to the IQA, the most registered teams hail from New York (39), Masschusetts (22) and Pennsylvania (20). But “28 states and counting” have Quidditch teams, many of which are connected to colleges.  
 
Each team consists of seven players: one Keeper, one Seeker, two Beaters and three Chasers; of course, there is also a Snitch who is a neutral player. With feet firmly on the ground, as opposed to the high-flying version they play at Hogwarts, Quidditch becomes a combination of rugby, dodge ball and flag football.
 

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