Brooms at USQC9

Athletes competing at US Quidditch Cup 9 will play on custom made Everlour brooms from Peterson’s Broomsticks. Used at eight regional championship events this year, the brooms are yellow with black grip and have the commemorative “Quidditch Turns Ten” logo on the end.

The other gameplay equipment is as follows:

Brooms: Peterson’s Everlour
Note: Teams may NOT elect to provide their own brooms – all players must use the USQ provided Peterson’s Everlour brooms for all games at the event.
Quaffles: Baden Matchpoint Size 5 Volleyballs
Bludgers: Regulation 8.5 inch Dodgeballs
Hoops: Peterson’s
Snitch Shorts: Peterson’s

Want to own one of the these brooms? US Quidditch is selling our stock of clean, used brooms onsite at US Quidditch Cup 9. Our game-used brooms are $15 each and are available for pick-up only on Sunday, April 17 after 2:00pm at the USQ merchandise tent. Please note that not all brooms will be available at that time, as games will still be going on. USQ will have clear pick-up instructions posted online and at the merchandise tent. Limited quantity available! Pre-orders close Thursday, April 14 at 5:00pm EST or until we sell out, whichever comes first. If online pre-orders don’t sell out, attendees may stop by the USQ merchandise tent on Saturday, April 16 to place a pre-order in person.

Broom pre-orders have closed. A limited number of used USQ brooms will be available to purchase at the USQ merch tent.

Those wishing to purchase a brand new USQ broom may do so through Peterson’s Broomstick here.

For full information on how to purchase a broom, click here.

Photo by Kevin Peterson.

#MyQuidCupJourney – the Chaser

#MyQuidCupJourney gives a firsthand account of what it takes to compete at the highest level. Part of our national championship since World Cup VII in 2014, it showcases the best in the sport. Featured here is Lee Hodge, third-year chaser for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch, along with Erin Mallory, chaser for District of Columbia Quidditch Club, head referee, and formerly with Maryland Quidditch.

The accompanying quote, “What you call pressure, I call pure adrenaline” speaks to an athlete’s constant chase of a challenge. Hodge himself admits he loves high-pressure matches, which he prepares for through film analysis and going to the gym five times a week. Mallory echos Hodge’s dedication and drive. A superstitious player, she listens to the same pump-up playlist and does the same warm-up before important matches.

Both Hodge and Mallory will put their training to the test in April.For many others, too, US Quidditch Cup will be the final exam assessing their athletic prowess and preparation.

Photo by Sofia de la Vega.

Harry and the Potters to perform at US Quidditch Cup 9

The official house band for US Quidditch’s national championship is returning for US Quidditch Cup 9! Harry and the Potters has been a part of quidditch since World Cup IV in 2010. Their show at US Quidditch Cup is scheduled for Sunday, April 17 in the afternoon. The exact time will be announced in early April.

In addition to music, they also will bring their sandwich-making skills to the US Quidditch Cup. Be on the lookout for the Golden Snitchwich: a peanut butter and Golden Graham sandwich that you can catch in your mouth, just like Harry Potter did in his first quidditch match. This blast of protein and carbs is the perfect combination for players looking for a boost of energy now and later. Free Snitchwiches for life are offered to the first seeker to catch the snitch in their mouth. (Editor’s note: not a real offer! please don’t try this in a real match!) More at catchitinyourmouth.com.

Since 2002, brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge (Harry Potter, Year 7 and Year 4 respectively) have released 3 full length albums and played nearly 800 shows in libraries, rock clubs, art spaces, bookstores, basements, backyards and pizza places all over the world. Their high energy live show has been legend for nearly a decade since Pitchfork placed the band in their Best Live Shows of 2005 list noting, “the greatest rock and roll tour of the year took place this past summer in public libraries across America… The Decemberists wish they could lit-rock like this.”

They are hailed as the founders of the wizard rock, a sub-genre of music boasting nearly 1000 bands playing songs about the Harry Potter books. In 2005, they co-founded the Harry Potter Alliance, a non-profit organization that has pioneered fan activism. They were profiled in the 2008 documentary, We Are Wizards and they appear on a Trivial Pursuit card in Sweden.

Follow Harry and the Potters online at their website, on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

Photos by Nicole Harrig.