Quidditch World Cup takes place in Florida

By Emily Singer

The Sixth Annual Quidditch World Cup was held in Kissimmee, Fla. this past weekend, marking the first World Cup that Middlebury did not compete in. The Middlebury College Quidditch team ended its five-year winning streak after losing during the Northeast Regional Championship tournament in November, failing to qualify for the World Cup as a result.

Over 1,600 competitors took part in the weekend-long tournament, with 80 of the top Quidditch teams from across the world going head to head for the title of World Cup Champion. International teams hailed from Canada, France and Mexico.

At Sunday’s more competitive Division I championship game, number two ranked University of Texas, Austin beat third ranked UCLA with a final score of 190-80. On the Division II side, which the International Quidditch Association (IQA) classifies as more whimsical and less competitive, Sam Houston State University beat Loyola University 110-70 with a last-minute snitch-grab.

An afterparty for the World Cup was held at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Fla.

Quidditch was created at the College in 2005 by roommates Alex Benepe ’09 and Xander Manshel ’09.