So not only have people developed an actual sport out of the "Harry Potter" books fantastical athletic game, there's actually a world cup for the event. The Quidditch World Cup VI is ran by the International Quidditch Association (yup, that's real too) and one of the participating teams is none other than the University of Miami. So, ESPN, when is this going to get televised? I need this in my life. Now.
When Sean Beloff read the first Harry Potter book at age 8, he found himself wishing he could fly on broomsticks and play Quidditch, the fantasy series’ fictional team sport.
A dozen years later, his wish has become true, in a way. He doesn’t fly, but he’s playing the game nonetheless — as captain of the University of Miami Quidditch team. And this weekend, he’s leading the way as UM competes against 59 other teams at the Quidditch World Cup VI in Kissimmee.
“When I was a kid, I always thought how cool it would be if Quidditch could actually be real,” said Beloff, 20, a political science and international studies student.