It wasn’t the most well-known weekend sporting event, but it might have been the coolest: Last Saturday and Sunday, Lacey served as the battleground for the Northwest Regional Quidditch Championship.
Rules for the sport are adapted straight out of J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter series. Sure, in this version players don’t really fly on broomsticks, and the snitch is a yellow-clad player rather than a tiny magic ball, but hey, it’s hard to deny that the tournament was among the area’s most unique events in a while.
Held at the Lacey-Thurston Regional Athletic Complex, the February 17–18 games included over 60 athletes, officials, and volunteers. Three community teams from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington competed to win a spot in the annual U.S. Quidditch Cup, which will take place in Texas this April.
The Nomads from Boise, Idaho took the top spot last weekend. Second place went to Bellevue’s Rain City Raptors.
The sport, which is full contact, competitive, and mixed gender, has been played in the states (by Muggles, at least) since 2005 and has since spread to over 300 colleges, high schools, and community teams around the country.
If you missed the games this year and can’t make it out to Texas for the Cup, be sure to cheer on our Washington teams next year as they take another stab at Quidditch glory.