Quidditch soars into Green Hill Park with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Quidditch Tournament this weekend, Nov. 3-4
Green Hill Park plays host to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Quidditch Tournament this weekend, and Harry Potter fans flocked from all over Southwest Virginia (and beyond!) to be a part of the magic.
Young witches and wizards earned points for their houses, after being sorted by the Sorting Hat by trying their hand at a number of Harry Potter-themed games and quizzes: Wizard’s Chess, played on an almost life-size chessboard; Potions, where budding witches and wizards mixed their own brews; and Muggle Studies, O.W.L. Exams and N.E.W.T. Exams, where players tested their knowledge of all things Harry Potter.
The Glenvar Youth Boosters field was transformed into a campground for the Quidditch teams; area would-be players who aren’t yet college-aged got a chance to play Kidditch.
Dawn Karpoff, a Baltimore, Md. native who follows the International Quidditch Association, explains that Kidditch is a community outreach program for the college Quidditch players. Members from the team work with younger players in their own games. “Kidditch promotes not just exercise, but creativity and literacy too,” Karpoff says.
Teams from all over the Mid-Atlantic Region traveled to Roanoke County to show their talents at Green Hill Park. Participating teams–there were 21 in all–included Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Christopher Newport University, University of Richmond, UNC Greensboro and many more.
Here’s a video of the Villanova University team warming up before play: