Quidditch, a magical sport involving flying broomsticks and bewitched balls, was created by J. K. Rowling and exists within the fictional realm of her Harry Potter novels. But you don't have to be a witch or a wizard (or fictional, for that matter) to play the Muggle (ie, non-magic) version of quidditch, which has been taking the sporting world by storm since the first Quidditch World Cup was hosted at Middlebury College in 2008.
In a nutshell, quidditch is played like a Frankensteinian combination of rugby, dodgeball, and European Handball, with a healthy dose of comedic theater thrown in for good measure. (Because, hey: you're running around with a broom between your legs.) But don't get caught trying to tell a quidditch player that it's not a "real sport"-- there's no shortage of full-contact tackling. (To learn more about the International Quidditch Association, or IQA, click here
So! Let's celebrate the newest sport that's sweeping (wink wink) the nation in all of its ridiculous, fantastic, and sometimes brutal glory. Brooms up!