COLLEGE PARK – The University of Maryland, along with hundreds of other colleges across the world, has adopted a sport that comes straight from a storybook: Quidditch.
Quidditch has been played by hundreds of witches and wizards in the magical world created by J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series.
The sport was adapted in 2005 to the non-magical world by students at Middlebury College in Vermont, who were looking for an alternative to bocce ball.
“Muggle Quidditch,” as it is known, has spread across the world and has found a home at the University of Maryland. The Maryland team is ranked second in the world and will travel to Florida to compete in the Quidditch World Cup in April.