For shame — France has beaten Britain in the inaugural European Quidditch Games.
The French beat the British by 90 points to 50 in the final of the two-day tournament, which was held in Italy. For Great Britain, quidditch proves yet another sport that has been invented in the country, but which we fail to succeed at in international competitions. Another trophy may have slipped through our hands, but the British quidditch team is at least giving us more to be proud of as a nation than our men’s football team.
When J K Rowling first invented the bizarre wizarding sport of quidditch, she probably never thought that humans would attempt to adopt it, given that in the Harry Potter books it is played out in an arena on flying broomsticks. Nevertheless, in spite of the obvious disadvantage we non-airborne muggles suffer, quidditch has become popular around the world over the last few years, and many countries, including the UK, have their own leagues.
The 2015 European Quidditch Games were held in the small Tuscan town of Sarteano and precede the Quidditch Global Games, which are due to take place in 2016. When played at an international level like this, the game can be gruelling. Competitors have to abide by a 170-page rulebook and the full-contact play can get rough at times — the French keeper even broke his shoulder. And just in case you’re wondering, yes brooms are still involved. “Most of us play on broomsticks provided by the tournament. A couple have brought their own because they’re more comfortable,” player Jan Mikolajczak told the Guardian.