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Quidditch

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J.K. Rowling Published New Harry Potter-Universe Content Online Today

Surprise! While J.K. Rowling is busy promoting her new book series, she secretly finished History of the Quidditch World Cup. And she just published the first half online for free. You should be able to read it here but it seems Pottermore has been overloaded. I’m not surprised. You may recall Warner Bros was able to convince the offer to continue the Harry Potter juggernaut on the big screen with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (she’s also working on an HP prequel for the London stage). I wonder if this story will be next? Either way, part 2 of History of the Quidditch World Cup will be published on Pottermore on Friday, March 21.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Pretend Quidditch

You know that meme that’s been making the rounds of Japanese children doing Dragon Ball Z-type moves? Well, we’ve moved onto Quidditch. Best idea ever. (via Kotaku

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There's An Apparate For That

Harry Potter and the Custom Quidditch Kit Marriage Proposal

Rachel was introduced to Harry Potter by her girlfriend, Jaquie, so she knew that when she wanted to pop the question, she’d be doing it in a certain style. Quidditch style, that is, with a custom made Quidditch set, complete with an openable-snitch containing an engagement ring. You can read the story of the proposal over at Custom Made, but click on for more pictures of the set.

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Not all that glitters is gold

This Necklace is Quidditch, Your Argument is Invalid

Three rings, two bludgers, a quaffle, a broom, and a golden snitch. That’s a game of quidditch.

Previously in Jewelry

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There's An Apparate For That

This Is How Hogwarts Students Get Drunk – Quidditch Beer Pong

Yeah, that’s right – Quidditch beer pong. Yeah, that’s right – Snitch for last cup. Yeah, that’s right - THERE ARE RULES. Bring on the butterbeer.

(via The FW)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Super Ladies in Sweaters, Now on Postcards

Hanie Mohd is back again with her lovely DC Ladies In Sweaters series. Send these to your friends, or anyone else who needs a postcard of awesome women superheros (doesn’t everyone, though?). (via Etsy.)

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There's An Apparate For That

Check Out These Olympic Quidditch Jerseys – Yes, That’s Right, I Said Olympic Quidditch

There are many obscure sports in the Olympics both Summer and Winter, and many more lobbying to be included in the games. Quidditch (which, if you’re new to the site, is the real life sport adapted from the fictional one played by witches and wizards in the Harry Potter series that replaces flying broomsticks with running with a broomstick between your legs, and a small flying ball that actively evades and hides from the player trying to catch it with an actual person running and hiding from other players) is not likely to be one of the sports accepted into the Olympic games any time soon, not least because of its niche appeal and comparative youth.

However, the home of this summer’s Olympic Games is England, which is also the home of the Harry Potter series, and so it should come as absolutely no surprise that the International Quidditch Association is planning an international Quidditch Exposition for the days in which the Olympic torch relay passes through Oxford, with teams of exemplary players chosen from four countries: America, France, Australia, and the United Kingdom. And, you can buy the jersey of the team of your choice, and they look pretty freakin’ rad.

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This is just like magic!

Will Quidditch Make An Appearance At The London Olympics?

They may not fly on their broomsticks but Muggles have been holding regular Quidditch tournaments since 2005. Based on the game Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling created, Muggle Quidditch is as serious as any sport for its competitors and even culminates in a Quidditch World Cup each year. Now, commissioner of the International Quidditch Association, Alex Benepe, is arranging a match to take place at the 2012 London Olympics. Can you imagine how many Portkeys they’re going to need? 

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This is just like magic!

Quidditch World Cup 2011 This Weekend In NYC

Remember how thrilling it was to read about the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? Did you know that since 2005, Harry Potter fans have modified J. K. Rowling’s magic game  so that Muggles could enjoy it? Regular tournaments are held all over the US and Canada on a weekly basis but this weekend, 95 teams descend upon Randall’s Island in New York for a two-day tournament marking the end of the quidditch season. Get your Sonorus spells ready to cheer on your favorites!

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Muggle Quidditch Is Struggling With Gender Equality

You might not expect a real-life game based on a fictional game in a fantasy book series would be dealing with real-life issues such as gender equality, but it is. Muggle Quidditch leagues are, apparently, dealing with a new ruling that states that every team must have a 4:3 ratio of male players to female and vice versa, and some are not dealing with it well. This is a bit surprising for two reasons: 1. Quidditch was always co-ed in the Harry Potter books and movies, placing absolutely no preference on males over females and regularly featuring female team captains and players in all the same positions, making a very clear statement that boys and girls are equally skilled and respected in Quidditch. 2. This game came from a book about a boy wizard.

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