France Sweeps Britain in European Quidditch Finals

France Sweeps Britain in European Quidditch Finals
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There are a lot of moments in Harry Potter that we’ll always cherish, but amongst them are the riveting scenes featuring the fictional sport of Quidditch. Invented by JK Rowling almost 20 years ago, Quidditch has been a game most muggles only dreamt could be real—and now that dream is a reality, reports The Guardian.

This past weekend, 12 different countries straddled their broomsticks in Sarteano, a hillside town in Tuscany, and battled for the number one title in the European Quidditch Finals. France came out on top with a score of 90-50, becoming the first official champions of the European Quidditch Games.

The fictional-turned-real-life sport now has an international governing body and teams in more than 20 different countries. With seven players on either side, five types of balls, and six hoops to score goals through, the game doesn’t end until the seeker catches the golden snitch, which in the nonwizarding world is attached to another player’s shorts.

Jan Mikolajczak, a player from Oxford University, stated that the real life version of Quidditch is surprisingly similar to the kind found in the books. He went on to say, “Other than the fact we’re not flying, it’s full contact and quite rough, just as it was in the books.”

France must now train hard for the Quidditch Global Games, scheduled for next year, with the location to be decided by the international governing body. Will you be watching as the players hop around on their broomsticks?

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Raine Winters

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Raine lives in Cleveland, Ohio and works as a freelance writer and graphic artist. From an early age she has harbored a love of reading and writing, and is lucky enough to incorporate both into her daily work routine. Raine is a lover of all things fantasy and horror related, has a soft spot in her heart for middle grade and young adult fiction, and spends most of her free time running, wakesurfing, or wrangling in her husband and three cats while they perpetrate a massive amount of mischief around the house.

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