Monday, January 23, 2017

The History of Swedish Quidditch

By David Jonsson 

Two NGBs, three rulebooks, and around half a million moose Sweden’s relationship with quidditch could best be described as “it’s complicated.” But if your eyes are sharp, you may spot Swedish quidditch players trying to navigate the frozen wastes of the far north on their newly-acquired brooms. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Two-Halves Snitching: A Postmortem

By Nathan Ross

Quidditch games have always ended when the snitch has been caught, but will that always be the way the game is played? The inaugural Vancouver Winter Fantasy tournament made history earlier this month by being the first tournament to ever test out a potential “two halves rule” where only one team’s seeker is active per half. 

Velociraptors QC Take Home the Gold at Northern Cup

By Ashara Peiris

On the weekend of Nov. 12-13, the UK’s northern regionals were held in Durham for the second time. The newest community team, Velociraptors QC, eased their way to victory as expected, eventually triumphing 160*-30 against Durhamstrang — last year’s runners up — to take home the gold medal. Tornadoes QC — a rebranding of Taxes QC — took home the bronze medal and the final European Quidditch Cup (EQC) spot in overtime against last year’s bronze medallists Loughborough Longshots. So what did we learn?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Final Showdown: Dutch Quidditch Cup Preview

By Rein Anspach

Editor’s Note: Rein Anspach is the captain and president of the North Sea Nargles, and the Quidditch Nederland Teams Director.

On Jan. 22, the Dom Tower Dementors, the North Sea Nargles, the Rotterdam Ravens, and the Wageningen Werewolves will battle at the Dutch Quidditch Cup (DQC) for the one Dutch spot at the European Quidditch Cup (EQC), making Quidditch Nederland (QNL) the very last European NGB announcing their qualification rankings.

As there are only four teams, all teams will play each other once, with the top two teams facing off in the finals and the bottom two teams battling for third place.

Friday, January 20, 2017

International Weekend Wrap-Up - January 7-8 and 14-15

Contributions by Lena Mandahus, Alicia Mills, Cameron VomBaur, Chula Bruggeling, and Yeray Espinosa Cuevas. There is a lot going on in the world of quidditch on any particular weekend, and most of us only see the stories immediately relevant to our regions. However, it can be very interesting to look outside of our own bubble every once in a while and take a look at the rest of the global community. To that end, each week the Quidditch Post collects information about tournaments and events that happened during the weekend around the world. After a bit of a break for most quidditch regions, we are now returning to our regular schedule of International Weekend Wrap-Ups. This installment will cover two weeks of events instead of one, due to the lower frequency of events this time of year. We cover the Czech Republic’s First Prague Quidditch Derby, the German Winter Games, the Andalusian League in Spain, the Tegan and Sara Invitational in USQ West, and Canada’s Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them.

Favorites Look to Hold Serve at Four US Weekend Tournaments

The second half of the USQ season picks up quickly this coming weekend with four tournaments across three regions, featuring teams from five different regions. Our writers go around the country with an eye on what to watch out for.

Horns Up for Harambe Memorial Championship
By Audrey Wheeler and Kenny Stowe
Editor’s Note: Audrey is the President of Florida State University and President for the Florida Quidditch Conference. Kenny is a player for Florida’s Finest Quidditch Club

Date: January 21
Number of Teams: 7 (1 unofficial)
Host: University of South Florida (USF) Quidditch
Location: Tampa, Florida

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Turkish Quidditch Cup III: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Kamil Urgun, Can Kaytaz, Kaan Bolat

Editor’s Note: Kamil Urgun, Can Kaytaz, and Kaan Bolat play for METU Unicorns.

On Oct. 15-16, Turkish Quidditch Cup (TQC) III took place at Bilkent University, Ankara, where, after Gazi Black Bears dropped out at last minute, 13 teams challenged each other for two of Turkey’s three European Quidditch Cup (EQC) spots. The final match was postponed, and METU Unicorns and ODTÜ Hippogriffs met again at Bilkent University on Oct. 30 to compete for first place.