The Quidditch World Cup Is Happening Right Now, Nerds

Attention, super nerds: the sixth Quidditch Cup is taking place this weekend, and if this is the first you’re hearing about it you can probably rest uneasy knowing that you are not as big a Harry Potter fan as you originally thought.

More than 80 college quidditch teams will convene in Kissimmee, Fla., site of Quidditch World Cup VI or Irony Bowl VI, depending on your point of view. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the gravity-constrained brand of muggle Quidditch that was first played in earnest seven years ago at Middlebury College by students too awkward for lacrosse but not stoned enough for Ultimate Frisbee is spreading like bird flu — the International Quidditch Association (which is a thing) has more than 1,000 teams registered around the world. In terms of human delusion, that’s more than 7,000 people on this Earth who cannot move on with their lives now that J.K. Rowling is writing adult fiction.

This weekend’s games are being live-streamed here, so if you’re not squeamish about watching semi-grown people pretending that they’re wizards and witches in front of bleachers full of nobody, order pizza and dig in because you’ve got a full slate of Sunday quidditch.

Quidditch World Cup VI this weekend [CS Monitor]

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