July 8, 2012
In July of 2012, five national quidditch teams representing Australia, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and the US met at Cuttslowe Park in Oxford to compete in the first international quidditch championship of its kind. The tournament was part of the torch relay celebrations of the 2012 London Olympics, as was an additional exhibition match between the US and the UK that took place on July 9.
The winner of the 2012 IQA World Cup, at that time known as the Summer Games, was the United States Quidditch team. The host, the United Kingdom, didn’t make it to the quarterfinals.
Since five is an odd number, the teams first competed in a group stage. The first four teams would then move on to the bracket phase to find out who the world champion of 2012 would be.
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Ranking after Group Stage:
Ellie Darcey-Alden is the actress that played Young Lily Evans in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
It all started a few weeks ago when my dad saw an article in the local paper reporting that on July 8, Oxford would be host to the Quidditch Summer Games. Well, this sparked Dad's interest and he mentioned it to me and my younger brother Joseph. Not only did I then discover it was in Oxford, I also realized that it was less than 5 miles away in Cutteslow Park in North Oxford.
This was very exciting mainly because I love everything Harry Potter, but also because I had never realized that quidditch was actually played as a real sport.
After that, I was so excited that I tweeted about it and told everybody that the Quidditch Summer Games were happening in Oxford and that I would love to go and discover what it was all about.
Well, within a couple of hours, Keith from MuggleNet had tweeted me back saying how great it was that we were so interested. He explained how exciting Muggle quidditch is and really encouraged us to go and see for ourselves. He also put us in touch with Alex Benepe, who is the International Quidditch Association Commissioner and the organizer of the [S]ummer [G]ames. Alex was great; he gave us a very warm welcome to the sport, the IQA, and the event itself.
When we actually arrived at the opening ceremony, I did not quite know what to make of it. All the teams were in their international colors and were all taking it very seriously, I was so impressed. They started by playing every team's national anthem – this was very entertaining! We got given a program, which meant that we could see what times different teams were playing. When they started playing, it was all a bit confusing because there were so many balls in play at the same time, Bludgers being thrown and dropped, and it was quite a challenge to learn all the rules. Then after that when I realized that the Snitch was a REAL person, I got more confuddled. I thought it was a joke, but it really wasn't. It was great to see the teams have a go and really try their best. Okay, UK weren't the best, but don't forget that it was only their second time of playing a competitive match and they really did quite well. USA and Australia were BRUTAL. They were barging and pushing people out from their way. And they were tackling everyone (even girls) like they were in a full-on rugby match! And all the girls were just as tough!
As well as everyone taking it very seriously, there were also some very, very funny moments, which were fantastic to watch!!! Every player looked as though they were really enjoying the whole event; I particularly enjoyed the Snitch taunting the Seekers who looked absolutely exhausted.
After a very competitive final, the USA team were crowned champions of the [S]ummer [G]ames, lifting the trophy to deserved cheers and applause – applause that were in fact to congratulate everybody on a fantastic day of quidditch.
The following day, the USA and UK quidditch teams did a demonstration match at South Park, Oxford, as part of the Olympic Torch Relay Celebrations. Yet again, USA won, but UK haven't had that much experience so they did really well. After the demonstration had finished, all of the brooms had been left on the floor... so me, my brother Joe, and some of the players decided to have a run around on the brooms. We had the Beaters and even the Snitch joining in and playing a game with us!!! I hope that one day quidditch will be a standard sport in all schools... hopefully I can start a team of my own. It was really fun getting to know my new quidditch friends, and hopefully I will get to meet them again sometime. And I would really like to say a BIG thank you for making those days ones not to forget!