WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Get your brooms, bludgers, and snitches ready. The US Quidditch Northeast Regional Championship is coming to Warwick.
Mayor Joseph Solomon and other dignitaries announced the details of the event during a news conference on Tuesday morning.
According to the mayor’s office, the weekend-long tournament will feature Quidditch athletes from various teams from across the Northeast and it will take place the weekend of Oct. 26.
Teddy Costa is the founder of the Revolution Quidditch, a team he organized after noticing a lack of local options.
“Basically I was looking for a Quidditch team in the local Rhode Island area, I play in Boston in the summers with major league Quidditch that is a fantastic organization, but I didn’t want to drive to Boston every week, I wanted to start a team with the local talent in the area and put together a National championship-contending team,” Costa said.
The event will be held at the Bend Street Sports Complex and will be free for anyone to attend.
It will bring in 16 teams from all over New England and New York. But Costa said he’s not surprised at the number of teams since there is a huge interest in the sport.
“[There are] 180-200 total Quidditch teams throughout the U.S.,” he said. “So we can play any of those teams. We will travel a little bit to play some of the top talent in the country, so we are going to go down to New Orleans in December to an invitational tournament with some of the other best team.”
Although it is far from Hogwarts, Costa said Rhode Island is the perfect place for it to land.
“I’m really excited for it to come to Warwick,” Costa said. “It really is so fun, I’ve met so many good people. What I really love most about it is the strategy portion of it, it’s a thinking game but it’s happening a million miles per hour and for me, that is everything you want in a sport.”
The “muggle” version of Quidditch – based on the popular game in the Harry Potter books – was created in 2005 and is played in more than 40 countries.
The US Quidditch website describes the game as “a mixed-gender contact sport with a unique mix of elements from rugby, dodgeball, and tag.”
Unlike the books, the players don’t actually fly. However, the seven athletes on the field must play with brooms between their legs at all times.
“While the game can appear chaotic to the casual observer, once familiar with the basic rules, Quidditch is an exciting sport to watch and even more exciting to play,” the website said.