Second British Quidditch cup commences -- at Batman's house
Hundreds of Quidditch players flocked to Wollaton Hall and Park in Nottingham for the second British Quidditch Cup, the U.K.’s largest Quidditch tournament, according to the BBC. Scenes from Wayne Manor in The Dark Knight Rises were filmed at Wollaton Hall and Park.
The competition is made up of 23 teams, an increase from the 16 of the last tournament in 2013, armed with broomsticks and their own version of the Quaffle. According to QuidditchUK president Amy Maidment, the “muggle” edition of the game is best described as “rugby mixed with dodgeball.”
“We want people to discover what we do and see us as a legitimate sport rather than imitating Harry Potter,” Maidment told the BBC of the location, “so we put it in a public place to get that exposure.”
Although the game originated with the fictional sport in the beloved Harry Potter series, it’s become a sensation. The 2014 documentary, Mudbloods, documented the growth of the collegiate sport and one team’s quest to win the ultimate golden snitch at the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup. This year marks the eighth World Cup, as 80 teams from all over the United States will gather in South Carolina to compete.