Happy birthday, quidditch!

Quidditch was founded on October 9, 2005 at Middlebury College by Xander Manshel and Alex Benepe. Looking for a variation on their normal Sunday activities, they gathered friends and laid the foundation for a game that has grown in leaps and bounds to become a widely respected, mixed gender sport. Today, over 8,000 players in nearly 40 countries play quidditch.

This website chronicles the rise of quidditch from the perspective of the organizers, players, and photographers who have shaped the sport into what it is today. From October 9-23, 2020, US Quidditch will be highlighting a different part of the sport’s history. New content will be posted every day. Special thanks goes to Alicia Radford, author of the book Quidditch Turns Ten. Much of the content on this website comes from Radford’s book, originally published in 2015. 

Photos by Shirley Lu, Chris Rothery, Nikki Smith, and Isabella Gong. 

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Part III

Part III

Photos by: Kat Ignatova, Kean Goh, and Isabella Gong. “And my bracket dies with the first game of the tournament.” The tweet from Matt Panico, captain of the Steel City Quidditch Club out of Pittsburgh, captured a seminal moment for the sport: Middlebury College would not be attending the sixth annual World Cup after going 0-3 in pool play at the Northeast Regional Championships in 2012. For the first time, in the 2012-2013 season, regional championships would be used to determine which teams...

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Part 2

Part 2

Left: A Michigan State University player. Until 2014 there were no restrictions on what counted as a player number. Top right: The Penn State Three Broomsticks prepare for a match. Although it was not always called by referees, World Cup IV was the first year that teams were not allowed to wear capes during gameplay. Bottom right: An Ives Pond seeker and chaser run out to start the game. In quidditch, each position is marked by a different colored headband. Seekers wear yellow, chasers wear...

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Part I

Part I

Photos by: Steve Mease "There was something about Alex Benepe and the others who were organizing this event that was special. In hindsight, it was really no surprise that he would take the idea, run with it, and make it something real and important in so many people's lives." Steven Mease Xander Manshel and Alex Benepe were floormates. Early in their freshman year in 2005, Xander started a tradition of Sunday afternoon bocce on the field outside their dorm. But one day he suggested they play...

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Introduction

Introduction

In 2005, a group of freshmen at Middlebury College in Vermont decided to adapt the game of quidditch from the Harry Potter novels for the real world. 15 years later, the sport has grown more rapidly than they could have imagined. Tens of thousands of athletes now play quidditch in nearly 40 countries. There have been four international championships, in Oxford, England in 2012, Burnaby, British Columbia in 2014, Frankfurt, Germany in 2016, and Florence, Italy in 2018. And in the United States,...

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