Quidditch is a real sport — and the major leagues are coming to Austin next weekend

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Quidditch is a real sport — and the major leagues are coming to Austin next weekend

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: The Werewolves of London quidditch team (in white and red) play the Radcliffe Chimeras during the Crumpet Cup quidditch tournament on Clapham Common on February 18, 2017 in London, England. Quidditch is the fictional game played by Hogwarts students in JK Rowling's Harry Potter novels. In 2005 two college students in Vermont created "Muggle Quidditch" to be played on a field for non-magical participants. The sport took off and is now played by hundreds of teams across the world with a global cup competition every two years. True to the original game two teams of seven players sitting astride "broomsticks". Each team has to advance the quaffle ball to one of three opposing hoops against bludgers who knock out the players. The game is won when the snitch (a tennis ball in a sock) is caught and whoever has the most points wins. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Any good Harry Potter fan knows that the world’s best fictional sport has actually become reality and it’s gained popularity over the last decade.

The sport, played on brooms in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, was adapted to a real-life full contact sport in 2005 and is particularly popular on college campuses. It’s somewhat of a blend of basketball, rugby and dodgeball (but with brooms). Now it’s on its way to becoming a professional sport, and Major League Quidditch is coming to Austin.

The Austin Outlaws, Central Texas’ major league team, will host a three-game series against their division rival, the Kansas City Stampede, at the Round Rock Multipurpose Sports Complex from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 10. The games are free and open to the public (even Muggles). 

The Outlaws are among Major League Quidditch’s most accomplished teams, with a 9-0 record last season and a second-place finish at the league championship. Tryouts are held every April, so if you want to join next year’s team, you better start practicing now. The team is made up of many current and former members of the University of Texas’ accomplished Quidditch team. Austin is also home to Texas Cavalry, a U.S. Quidditch Community team which won the U.S. Quidditch Cup this year.

Major League Quidditch is a 16-team league that runs from June 1 to Aug. 30 every year. This year’s championships will take place Aug. 12-13 in League City, featuring games between the top 12 teams in the league. 

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