On Saturday, March 22, Queen’s University will host the very first Queen’s Quidditch Cup while also battling competitors from Fleming College, McMaster, McGill, and Carleton Universities.
** UPDATE ** According to the tournament’s Facebook event page, the 2014 Queen’s Quidditch Cup has now been cancelled **
The Queen’s Quidditch Club (QCC) has already competed in a number of such events since forming in 2011 – most recently at the Canadian Quidditch Cup in November, where they finished in fifth place.
The QCC’s event this weekend was certainly well timed, as Harry Potter author JK Rowling just published the first part of her “History Of The Quidditch World Cup” essay to the Pottermore website last week, with the second part slated to go online tomorrow.
The first release provided historical background about the tournament, how it works, and some accounts of a few of the more unusual tournaments in its history. Part two will reportedly feature anecdotes from some of the Quidditch matches held since 1990.
According to the Queen’s University event’s Facebook page, Saturday’s tournament will be held between 9am and 5pm on Nixon Field near the corner of University Avenue and Stuart Street. Parking in campus lots is free on weekends and paid parking is available at the Stuart Street garage directly below Nixon Field.
See also our 2011 article, prompted by the creation of the Queen’s Quidditch Club: “Queen’s University Now One Step Closer to Hogwarts” and the subsequent video narrated by Bryony Rowling (cousin of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling).
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