This fantasy game is becoming a popular sport in New Zealand

Publish Date
Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 11:00AM


Casting spells and fighting Voldemort isn't quite what this game is about, but a group of South Islanders are bringing the magic of Quidditch to life.

Yes, we are serious!! You can actually play Quidditch in real life! The rules are much like those in Harry Potter except of course players don't fly. They do however runaround with a broomstick between their legs.

Quidditch is a fantasy game that was invented by author JK Rowling in 2005 when the Harry Potter series began. It involves wizards flying around on broomsticks who score points by throwing, catching and shooting balls through hoops that float in the air.

In the adopted version by New Zealanders, players run around with broomstick look-a-likes between their legs. Each team consists of seven players, they have a keeper who is just like a goalie, three chasers, two beaters and a seeker.

And of course, there is the most important person on the field... the snitch. This is a person who runs around the field with a tennis ball inside a sock tucked into the back of their shorts.

Being a full-contact sport, this is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Seriously though, this is what dreams are made of. Where do we sign up??