16/02/2012 10:48 GMT

Muggle Quidditch Matches Take Universities By Storm As Keele And Leicester Battle It Out (VIDEO)

Muggle Quidditch is taking university sports to new heights after two universities announced their plans to engage in a duel.

Although chasing a snitch around a pitch may not be everyone's cup of butterbeer the game has flown to popularity in the US. In January, Oxford University students got their brooms out and swatted a ball around a field for a couple of hours, much to the delight of the undergraduates who finally felt they were living the Hogwarts dream.

Now, Leicester University has announced it will be teleporting its students to Keele University (by coach, not flying car), for what shall presumably be an out-of-this-world encounter.

The game will be the first in the UK to be played to official International Quidditch Association (IQA) rules (yes, they do exist).

Jack Hill, founder of Leicester's Quidditch club, said forty muggles had already signed up and the game had had a |"massive interest".

Magical Quidditch involves flying around on brooms, so to adapt it for muggle play, players grasp a broom between their legs and try to score points by shooting volleyballs through hoops.


The snitch - a magical golden ball with wings - is replaced by one poor person all in yellow with a tennis ball in a sock tucked into their belt. Players chase the snitch around the pitch and surrounding areas to score extra points and end the game.

The match is scheduled to take place on 10 March - all decided by sorting hat, of course.