Harry Potter's Quidditch "sweeps" US campuses

March 19, 2008

25 Middlebury College students are touring across 8 Northeast campuses, to "spread the gospel of intercollegiate quidditch."  Middlebury students have drafted the "earth-bound" rules of the fictional sport played by Harry Potter and his classmates at Hogworts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  More than 400 Middlebury students play the sport, which has spread to 65 other colleges in the US.  Players are required to keep a broom between their legs at all times, and chase after a rogue player (the "golden snitch") who runs randomly on and off the field.  Middlebury News Release