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First Alberta Quidditch Games kick off in Calgary

The University of Calgary’s quidditch team hosted the first annual Alberta Quidditch Games Saturday at the Edgemont Community Centre which is adapted from the magical game played on broomsticks in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, the real-life version of the sport has recently gained popularity in Alberta with teams playing in the Alberta Quidditch Games include Central Alberta, Edmonton, and the University of Calgary on Saturday November 30, 2013.

Credits: Darren Makowichuk/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

KATIE SCHNEIDER | QMI AGENCY

The magic of quidditch has cast a spell on Calgary.

Mounted on broomsticks, fans around the world have embraced the fictional game played by wizards and witches in J.K. Rowling's famous Harry Potter series with a real-life version of the sport that has also taken off in Alberta.

And on Saturday, Calgary was the site of the first Alberta Quidditch Games that brought teams together from central Alberta, Edmonton, and the hosts, the University of Calgary.

The game was adapted in 2005 by Middlebury College in Vermont and is now played at more than 300 universities and high schools in North America, Australia and Europe.

The International Quidditch Association, founded in 2010, annually hosts a World Cup.

The U of C formed a team last year and on Saturday was thrilled to host and compete in its first tournament, said Laureen Yee, a coach and event organizer.

"This is the first ever tournament in Alberta so it's a really historical day for the sport in the province," she said.

"Muggle quidditch" is played with the same positions on the field as in the magical version in the Harry

Potter books - three chasers, two beaters, one keeper and a seeker - but with a few differences.

"The first rule of the game is that you have to have your broomstick between your legs at all times, and we're just running, obviously not flying," she said with a laugh.

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