Broomstick magic hits the field

The Harry Potter-based sport of quidditch sweeps Surrey.




Photos by Boaz Joseph / The Leader

Quaffles, bludgers, snitches, hoops and brooms – those were just some of the pieces of equipment seen at the Quidditch Western Regional Championships at Sullivan Park on the weekend.

Over two days, six Canadian university teams vied for top scores in the game invented by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

It’s got elements of rugby, handball and other sports, with positions filled by a keeper, three chasers, two beaters and a seeker, each holding a broom between their legs during the action.

Quidditch is the only Canadian university-level sport that is co-ed, with at no more than four players from one gender of seven players on the field at a time.

The basic rules of quidditch, courtesy of UBC, can be found at http://uoquidditch.ca/how-to-play/

Just Posted

Three Delta organizations win Fraser Health award for seniors planning workshop

Deltassist, Ladner United Church and Delta Seniors Planning Committee were honoured for the project

Achieving for Delta pushes plan to provide more housing options

George Harvie to “completely re-engineer” permit process to help renters, seniors, first-time buyers

‘Rock show’ held in Surrey

Surrey Rockhound Club hosted a two-day show and sale of ‘Stones of the Fraser Valley’

Surrey-White Rock CFUW celebrating 60 years

Group to hold a speaker series on homeless youth

Secret supper clubs test appetite for cannabis-infused food ahead of legalization

Chefs are eagerly awaiting pot edibles to become legal in Canada

Giants hand Victoria their first lost of the season

Langley’s WHL team went head to head with the Royals for the second day in a row, beating them 3-2.

Students unhappy with SFU’s response after violent incident in class

Professor, students say a man threw chairs and hit a female student

Enbridge to begin building road to access pipeline explosion site in B.C.

An explosion Tuesday knocked out a 91-centimetre line

Man struck by car in Burnaby: reports

Pedestrian was taken to hospital

Andrew Scheer on revamped NAFTA deal: ‘I would have signed a better one’

Conservative leader says he wouldn’t have signed USMCA

Matheson will have NHL hearing after Canucks rookie Pettersson hit

The 19-year-old Swedish centre appeared woozy after the hit

Police looking into VPD-involved collision that sent 3 to hospital

The independent police watchdog has been notified

Police investigate after woman stabbed in Vancouver

Report came in about a ‘disturbance’ in the Killarney neighbourhood

Most Read