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Quidditch for college muggles: Harry Potter's game a hit on some campuses

April 10, 2011 |  7:02 pm

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For college students who secretly ranked Hogwarts as their first-choice school, this is how quidditch is played.

The sport -- and its players want you to know, it is a sport, however foolish it may appear -- has spread to college campuses across the country in recent years, appealing to a generation that grew up with Harry Potter, his band of magical misfits and the high-flying game at which he excelled.

Quidditch was adapted by a group of students at Middlebury College in 2005 as a ground game that required only a field, a few varieties of balls and, of course, a broom for each player.

Since then, hundreds of American colleges have started quidditch teams, said Alex Benepe, commissioner of the International Quidditch Assn., the governing body that grew out of the ragtag team at the Vermont liberal arts college. Several Southern California schools have teams: Students at UCLA and USC have played for about a year; Occidental College in Eagle Rock has had a team for three years.

Read more: "A sweeping question for colleges that embrace quidditch."

-- Rick Rojas

Photo: Bruin Quidditch teammates including Asher King Abramson, center, prepare for a tournament at Cheviot Hills Park in Los Angeles. Credit: Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times

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