Quidditch, a daring game of flying brooms, wizards and golden snitches originally only existed in J.K Rowling’s popular Harry Potter franchise. However, the magical competition has a real-life adaptation that has become an actual, recognized sports competition that includs event organizers, teams and equipment. It even comes with its own U.S Quidditch Association who creates the rules for the game. In fact, if you Google image search ‘quidditch’ the only photos that come up are of real life games with real life players, not even the scenes from the movies.
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According to CBS’s Money Watch, there are more than 200 colleges, community and professional teams spread across the U.S. Though teams of players aren’t flying around on brooms, they are equipped with them along with sweatbands, hoops, quaffles, bludgers, and the famous golden snitch. Among the normal gameplay similar to soccer or rugby, the players are running around the field, however, they are equipped with brooms. Now, to gain points or win, they must dunk quaffles or catch the snitch.
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An unusual (and nerdish) game isn’t different from many other sports, it’s just a bit more magical. Many love playing this sport and are competitive as they get down and dirty like any other sport to win for their team. Not only does it feed the fan’s need to make something of the Harry Potter world real, but it also helps local sports uniform, equipment and communities gain money and attention.
According to Money Watch, Savage Apparel stated that they have had a 20% increase in profit due to the increase of Quidditch. The major attention that Quidditch has been gaining has become a good income contribution to local sports companies and their community.
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