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Quidditch Global Games in Burnaby July 19

With the end of the FIFA World Cup, the spirit of international sports competition will carry on in Burnaby, the site of the 2014 Quidditch Global Games on Saturday, July 19.

The world's best quidditch teams will compete in the real-life, full-contact version of the sport depicted in the Harry Potter book and movie series. More than 120 players from seven countries and three continents will participate, representing Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The tournament will take place at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West, 3677 Kensington Ave., between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Opening ceremonies will run from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Admission and parking is free for spectators. Seating is limited and available on first-come, first-serve basis.

While unlike in the Harry Potter stories players will not fly around on brooms, all the other rules are essentially the same. There are seven players on each team who must run with a broom held between their legs at all times. Chasers try to score with the quaffle (volleyball) through the opponent's hoops, players hurl bludgers (dodgeballs) to temporarily knock opponents out of the game, a keeper defends the hoops and a seeker chases the snitch. In the books and movies the snitch is a magical, golden flying ball. Here a velcro tail is attached to the shorts of a very fast runner dressed in yellow. The game ends when the snitch is caught and the winning team earns an extra 30 points, equivalent to three goals.


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