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Quidditch for Muggles: Texas wins Quidditch World Cup

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Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, April 17 2013 1:30 p.m. MDT

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The University of Texas Quidditch team defeated the UCLA Bruins to win the 2013 Quidditch World Cup IV in Kissimmee, Fla.

The sixth incarnation of the tournament featured 80 teams and 1,600 players from around the world, including three teams from Canada, two from Mexico and a team from France.

Stylized from the popular Harry Potter book series, muggle (the Harry Potter term for non-magical folks) quidditch was invented by Xander Manshel and Alex Benepe at Middlebury College in Vermont in 2005.

Prior to Texas' win, Middlebury had won all five previous World Cups.

Each team has seven players on the pitch. Three chasers on each team are responsible for passing the quaffle (usually a volleyball) and throwing it through one of the opponent's three goals, which are guarded by the keeper. Two beaters on each team attempt to impede opposing team members by hitting them with bludgers (usually dodgeballs). Each team's seeker attempt to catch the golden snitch to end the game. The snitch is played by a cross country runner who is allowed to run anywhere, often running hundreds of yards away from the pitch.

By rule, every player is required to hold a broom between his or her legs for the duration of the game.

Ryan Carreon is a Web editor for DeseretNews.com. E-mail him at rcarreon@desnews.com

Read more about College Quidditch on The Mort Report Blog.

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