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It wasn't a love of Harry Potter that drove me to join a Quidditch team

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It wasn’t a love for Harry Potter that drove me to the sport.

Like nearly everyone else born in the 90s, I’d read the books and seen the films but was by no means a fan.

Instead, I got my first taste of Quidditch in January 2017 when a friend invited me along to a training session. I could vaguely remember the game in the film, but nothing more than Harry Potter was a seeker and there was some other things going on.

Once I got over the initial confusion over how the game works, I was hooked. It combined elements from three sports that I had played when I was younger: flag football, regular football and rugby – it was everything I was looking for in a sport.

Quidditch itself sounds pretty complicated on paper and looks like organised chaos but once you understand the basics, it’s one of the most fun games you’ll ever play.

Each team has six players on the pitch and everyone must carry a hollow plastic PVC broom – roughly about 1m in length – between their legs........

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