U students now field not one but two teams for quidditch, the part rugby, part basketball, all magical sport inspired by the Harry Potter books. Though they are “muggles” (nonmagical folk, in the Pottersphere), the full-contact sport’s co-ed teams play while straddling makeshift “brooms” (typically, decorated PVC pipes) just as its fictional flying players do. And despite the sport’s origins, the players often take the real-world game quite seriously. The U’s Crimson Elite and Crimson Fliers usually practice at Reservoir Park, just west of campus, and any U student is welcome to come try the game before committing to joining the team. Visit “Utah Quidditch” on Facebook to learn more.
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