Quidditch games in Rock Hill free for fans

adouglas@heraldonline.comFebruary 3, 2014 

The upcoming International Quidditch Association’s Southern Regional Championship in Rock Hill will be free for spectators and feature a special activity where children can learn about the game of quidditch.

City officials announced this week that more than 20 collegiate teams will converge on Rock Hill later this month to compete in the sport, made popular by the Harry Potter books series. Quidditch is played by students at the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Harry Potter books. Real-life competitors who have joined the sport use brooms –– similar to the book’s game.

Rock Hill hosts the quidditch games on Feb. 15 and 16 at Manchester Meadows athletic facility on Dave Lyle Boulevard. A detailed game schedule has not yet been released.

The two-day competition will also feature an activity center “Diagon Alley,” based on the book series’ Diagon Alley. On the first day of the tournament, there will be a costume contest from 2 to 4 p.m. for those who want to dress like their favorite Harry Potter character.

Tournament organizers are holding an online sign-up now for referees and volunteers.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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