Life imitates Harry Potter

This weekend Middlebury College will be hosting the Intercollegiate Quidditch Tournament on its Vermont campus.

Quidditch, of course, is familiar to anyone who hasn't been hiding under a rock for the last decade as the sport invented by J.K. Rowling in her Harry Potter series. In the books it is played by seven players riding flying broomsticks, using four balls and six elevated ring-shaped goals.

At Middlebury this weekend, however, what will be on display will be "Muggle Quidditch," played on the ground without the benefit of magic.

The Intercollegiate Quidditch Association was founded at Middlebury in 2005. More than 180 colleges from around the country are now said to have registered teams.

School sending teams to Vermont this weekend include Princeton University, Vassar College, University of Rochester, Louisiana State University, University of Washington, McGill University, Amherst College, University of Massachusetts, Boston University, Emerson College, and Green Mountain College.

Still one question to be answered, as per the query seen on a Facebook page: Does one tailgate at Quidditch?

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