The Icelandic national Quidditch team will be competing in the World Cup tournament in Florence, Italy next summer. RÚV reports. This is the first time Iceland ever qualifies.
For those unaware, Quidditch is a sport invented by author J.K. Rowling for her Harry Potter novels. Although magic and flying broomsticks are required, fans around the globe have already made do by recreating the sport for anyone lacking magical skills.
According to Iceland‘s national team coach, Sigurður Skúli Sigurgeirsson, the sport is a mixture between handball, rugby and dodgeball.
On the pitch are four positions: three Chasers, two Beaters, one Keeper and one Seeker whose purpose is to grab the Golden Snitch. Although the Snitch is a tiny, golden thing that flies around the pitch in Harry Potter‘s world, it‘s an unallied person in the real world. "It‘s an individual who wears yellow clothes and a huge sock over his head that‘s got a tennis ball attached to it," Sigurður explained.
Official Quidditch rules declare that each team can only have up to four members of each sex on the pitch at once, as well as only having up to thirteen members of one sex in each team.
Last month the Icelandic team competed against Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Ireland and the Czech Republic, which is when it first got the Golden Snitch.
The Icelandic national team is expected to compete in the World Cup in Florence, Italy between June 27th to July 2nd next year. Over 500 Quidditch players from around the world are expected to take part.