In anticipation of next month’s Quidditch World Cup in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we’ve been obsessed with all things Quidditch, all over the globe. For those of you who are not familiar with the game, played in our world by Muggles only, Mike Bushell of BBC lays it out for you in under three minutes as he joins European Quidditch champions, the Oxford Chimeras, for a game. You can view the video here.
Speaking of games, the University of Missouri teams will battle it out in the Spring Breakout Tournament this weekend, which will feature four of the Midwest World Cup teams. Learn more about the matchups here!
The IQA (International Quidditch Association) has also continued the introduction of the top teams that could be in the running to take the World Cup home with its sixth installment of the World Cup preview series, March to Myrtle.
A countdown for the World Cup has been posted on the IQA home page, and a list of the qualifying teams from across the world has been published as well. MuggleNet will be covering the World Cup in person at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex, which will begin on April 5. You can pre-order tickets for the Cup here until March 31, online beginning April 1, or at the event itself.
After reviewing the March to Myrtle installment series, which team do you think has the best shot at bringing home the Cup? Show your team pride by commenting below!
If you've ever been to a convention or Quidditch World Cup event with Harry and the Potters - the popular Wizard Rock band - you probably also saw one of the rocker brothers sporting a carrying case around his neck selling sandwiches of his own magical creation.
Yesterday while reporting on Day 1 at the Quidditch World Cup in Kissimmee, Florida I happened upon Joe DeGeorge and asked to try one of his famous snitch-wiches. He offered to fly it into my mouth.
Our friend Tanner Schroeder of Pop Wrapped actually took a video of me catching it and doing a bit of a victory dance! Check it out.
After the catch I conducted a brief interview with Joe about his snitch-wiches, how they are made, and where fans can find them online -- catchitinyourmouth.com. Watch it below.
The International Quidditch Association kicks off it's 6th Annual Quidditch World Cup today in Kissimmee, Florida. There are over 160 games scheduled for today's division 1 games with the top 32 teams battling Sunday for single elimination bracket play to determine the champion!
MuggleNet is on site and will be providing coverage throughout the weekend via our twitter accounts MuggleNet and MuggleNetLIVE. While you're following us, check out the IQA's twitter account QuiddWorldCup and MuggleQuidditch! We will also be posting videos and reporting game scores as the matches progress from across the action on the 9 fields! You can also check out MuggleNet's SnitchCenter for the most up to date information on the matches as they progress!
The Quidditch World Cup is one of the most exciting events to come from the Harry Potter fandom and we encourage you all to check it out! In case you can't make it to the event, you can view International Quidditch Association's LIVE webcast on Sunday during bracket play, including the semi-finals, and championship matches!
Also, if you're at the event, stop by and say hi to the MuggleNet staff covering the event!
The festivites don't stop at the World Cup! If you're attending the event, be sure to check out the official after party at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure! All About Group Travel, the offical travel company of the IQA, still has some incredible packages set for this weekend so be sure to check it out!
Daniel Radcliffe’s tendency to prank his fellow Harry Potter cast-mates often added levity to the set, but there was at least one time when his antics went a little too far.
Reportedly, Robbie Coltrane, who portrayed Hagrid in the films, was once a victim of a prank where the young actor changed the settings on his friend’s phone from English to Turkish. The joke seems harmless enough—except that Coltrane was left unable to make calls!
The infuriated actor had a hard time finding anyone on set who could change the settings of his phone back to English, and Radcliffe was left feeling understandably sheepish about what he had done. Coltrane remembers the event clearly:
Eventually we found a girl in the Harry Potter make-up department who was Turkish Cypriot. She phoned her mum and was chatting away in great detail until they sorted it out. I think Daniel was so upset at what had happened that he wrote me that note...'Dear Mr. Coltrane, I'm sorry I changed your mobile telephone into Turkish...
Have you ever been part of a prank gone too far? Let us know in the comments!
UPDATE: Feeling a bit upset about this whole incident our own Caleb Graves tweeted Soledad O'Brien this evening at which point she tweeted back this response:
I know. I take it back. I mean, it IS silly. But I shouldn't have said it. I take it back. I hope it becomes an olympic sport.
Candid all the way through, O'Brien has now apologized. Thanks! But do keep in mind this is a real sport - silly though it may seem.
Just this morning on CNN's program The Starting Point hosted by Soledad O'Brien, Muggle Quidditch got a major plug, but it wasn't exactly positive.
After a video compilation featuring gameplay from the past Olympics event, and happy testimonials from players and even IQA chairman Alex Benepe, O'Brien and co-hosts proceeded to mock the game - O'Brien saying "Wearing gold tights? That sport is never going to be an Olympic sport."
This flys in the face of what Alex Benepe and college kids worldwide have put together for the past few years very organically, without support from any big Potter players like Rowling or WB.
As we announced yesterday, the 2013 Quidditch World Cup will take place April 13-14 in Kissimmee, Florida. This news writer can only hope this international innitiative will get more respectful coverage in the future.
This just in, the Quidditch World Cup VI will be held April 13-14 in Kissimmee, Florida. The International Quidditch Assocation confirmed this on their Twitter. Prominent Quidditch player Matthew Ziff from the University of Miami broke the news first on his Twitter account shortly before the IQA.
Quidditch World Cup V was held at Randall's Island in New York in November 2011. MuggleNet's SnitchCenter was there to cover the event, and the highlights can be found here. Middlebury College defeated the University of Florida, 100-80, to win their fifth consecutive Quidditch World Cup.
Check back with MuggleNet for future details on the event.