Quidditch Olympics: Harry Potter 'Sport' To Be Played At Oxford As Olympic Torch Passes ByJul-09-2012
Quidditch may be a big sport in the wizard world, but it's going to take one Hagrid-sized show to turn the heads of Olympics brass.
A tournament taking place July 8-9 in Oxford, England, could be the next step towards making the sport, which was invented by J.K. Rowling for the Harry Potter books, into an actual Olympic event.
Billed as the Quidditch Summer Games, the event will feature five national teams representing the UK, USA, Canada, France, and Australia that will be competing as part of the Olympic torch relay celebration, held as the official torch passes through the town.
Though the sport was created by an English author, early handicapping by the Bleacher Report suggests the USA is the team to beat, mainly because of the depth of players available. Almost 150 different players were nominated for the team, and only 21 made it onto the final roster.
Quidditch as a real-life game debuted in 2005 at Middlebury College in Vermont, but has since expanded to roughly 300 universities and high schools around the world, according to BUToday.com.
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