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For anyone who loves Harry Potter, Quidditch has become a part of the everyday vernacular… well, sort of, but how many of us realized it was something you could ACTUALLY PLAY?
Well imagine my surprise on a recent holiday in Vienna, I am running through the park and minding my own business, when the friend I am with spots a group of people playing what looked like a game of Quidditch. As it turned out, that wasn’t just what it looked like, it’s exactly what it was!
My friend’s excitement was barely contained, I mean really, a thirty-something year old man reduced to being a kid in a candy store, but such is the power of JK Rowling. To explain in brief, the Snitch is a person with a ball attached to their back, there are multiple hoops, and for the most part you can make the game as long or as short as you like depending on how formal you want to be. You do have brooms (sticks), but unless you’re really been hitting the fairy dust then obviously ‘flying’ is running with said stick between your legs – which might sound silly, but boy is that a workout!
Turns out that people with a passion for Quidditch are also pretty speedy, so even a little practice run of this once fictional game will prove a comprehensive exercise session culminating in much laughter as well as a fair amount of sweating.
You will be pleased to know this wasn’t an experience limited to a corner of a park in Vienna either. Nope, there’s an International Quidditch Association and with more than 300 teams in over 20 countries, including the UK, so yes, you absolutely can get involved –just keep an eye out for those bludgers – sneaky little buggers those.
So, for anyone who thought to delay their New Year’s resolution until Spring and get in shape as the days slowly but surely get a little longer, here’s a new and inspiring challenge for you.
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