04 Jul '11, 3am

Aussies set sights on 'Quidditch' world cup: In JK Rowling's hugely successful Harry Potter books and films, Qui...

SYDNEY - AUSTRALIANS, renowned for their sporting prowess in cricket and rugby, now want to win a world cup for running around on broomsticks - otherwise known as Quidditch. In JK Rowling's hugely successful Harry Potter books and films, Quidditch is a semi-contact sport played by wizards and witches - as popular in their world as football or cricket is in real life. The final installment of the series hits movie screens in July, but the crowd-pulling sport of Quidditch has only just arrived in Australia. 'Four universities in Australia launched Muggle Quidditch teams this year,' said Mr Justin Chau, who founded the Quidditch Society at the University of New South Wales. 'On my campus it kicked off immediately with over 200 people joining in.' The rules of Muggle Quidditch - or Ground Quidditch - mirror the game invented by Rowling, which is played on flying broomsticks. T...

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