Thursday, October 27, 2016

QuidditchUK Southern Cup 2016 Preview

By Jack Lennard, Ashara Peiris, and Fraser Posford

The first of the QuidditchUK (QUK) regionals kicks off this weekend with Southern Cup 2016 in Southampton. Not only will this decide the first three UK teams to qualify for the 2017 European Quidditch Cup (EQC) in Belgium, it will also decide the first 16 teams to qualify for the 2017 British Quidditch Cup (BQC) - offering intrigue and excitement at both the top and bottom of the tournament. Here, we outline the key things to look out for - players to watch, storylines to follow, teams that will qualify for EQC, and the lasting impact the tournament could have on quidditch in the UK.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

IQA Incorporation Rejected

The Quidditch Post has learned through a document provided by an internal source that the International Quidditch Association has had its application to become a charitable incorporated organisation rejected by the Charity Commission, the regulator for such bodies in the United Kingdom.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Teams Council Formed to Give Everyone a Voice in Quidditch Canada

By Nathan Ross

Editor’s Note: Nathan Ross is the Simon Fraser University representative on the Council. All genders assumed in this article are from the public identifications from Facebook.
For all the complaints that Quidditch Canada (QC) is not transparent enough of an organization, the first steps to fix that are underway. This comes after the backlash Quidditch Canada received last season regarding border restrictions; in particular, the open letter by McGill Quidditch that was published on the Quidditch Post on Sept. 20, 2015 offered several proposals to improve QC.

Five Lessons From Southampton's Battle Royale

By Ashara Peiris

Following on from the success of last year’s “Battle of Four Armies,” Southampton Quidditch Club (SQC) decided to take the reins in running a tournament, inviting some of the best teams in the UK and wider Europe to compete in SQC: Battle Royale. Whilst some last minute dropouts meant that the event couldn’t be as ambitious as originally planned, it was still a highly successful tournament. 

Open Letter From Yeray Espinosa Cuevas, Former President of Asociación Quidditch España (AQE)

I first discovered quidditch in Europe in March or April 2014, when I was on the Erasmus Programme in Poland. I had heard some things before on television about the old “World Cups” in the US, but that was all. I met a woman online whose boyfriend was involved in Spanish quidditch and I asked them to get me involved. Then I met the, at the time, developing Spanish quidditch community. It had the Catalonian teams, with Barcelona Eagles being the most well known, but the rest of the Spanish teams were scattered throughout the country. Development in the Catalonian region was growing, with the Nightmare Grims starting to play, but it was not the same for the other regions of Spain.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Quidditch Nederland Makes Plans For First Formal League

By Rein Anspach

Editor’s Note: Rein Anspach is Quidditch Nederland’s Teams Director, as well as the North Sea Nargles’ President.

In earlier seasons, the Dutch quidditch community met semi-regularly for friendly matches and only played each other competitively at tournaments. This season, for the first time, they will have the opportunity to compete with each other through a more formalised league structure.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Queen’s Reign Supreme at Fall Classic

By Arjun Patel

UTSC Quidditch hosted its yearly Fall Classic tournament at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus on Saturday, Oct. 8. Participating teams were: UTSC Phoenix, McMaster Marauders, Lionel-Groulx (LG), University of Toronto (UofT) Centaurs, Queen’s Quidditch, and Ryerson Quidditch. Apart from Lionel-Groulx, this was the first tournament of the season for all the teams. This tournament also marked the official comeback of McMaster Quidditch after a year-long hiatus, and marked the first time Lionel-Groulx played against any of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) teams.

Figure 1: Fall classic first half tournament format.