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LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS: Quidditch players tag on to Games


“It has become far more serious and its growing popularity in the last year or two has really increased the quantity and the quality of players, and improved the game,” he said.

British player Angus Barry, who is studying philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University, said five official teams had emerged in Britain in the past year and there were another 10 or so playing that did not join tournaments.

“The Harry Potter aspect is there, but it is not an essential part of the sport. The sport would not have survived if it were just about Harry Potter. It stands on its own,” Barry said.

Spectators looked on with amazement as the players, some wearing goggles, rode their brooms across the field.

Not all were convinced quidditch would make the Olympics.

“It’s alright, but it’s a bit weird,” said 10-year-old Tom Bound from Oxford, a Harry Potter fan who was hoping — in vain — to see some of the film series’ stars at the match.

“I don’t think it’s for the Olympics. It’s probably better when the broomsticks actually fly,” added his mother, Emma Bound.

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