'Bludgers,' 'quaffles' invade San Diego Central Library for Quidditch clinic

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Do you fancy yourself a chaser or a beater? Maybe a keeper? We know, everyone wants to be a seeker.

Children ages 9 - 17 can find out, as the San Diego Library partners with US Quidditch to offer a Quidditch tutorial Tuesday, giving fans of the mixed-gender contact sport from the Harry Potter novel series.

The July 18 event will take place at San Diego Public Library's Central Branch (330 Park Blvd.) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. as a unique way to expose middle and high schoolers to the sport and help kick off San Diego Comic-Con, beginning Wednesday, July 19, and running through Sunday, July 23.

Organizers say participants will test their strength and endurance on the field, dodging "bludgers," scoring with the quaffle, and trying to catch the golden snitch.

Local professional players will be on hand to show everyone the basics of Quidditch and host a match between teams.

So this all makes a little more sense, US Quidditch describes the game as "played with seven players to a team all mounted on brooms. They score points with the quaffle (a volleyball) and the [golden] snitch, a neutral yellow clad athlete who tries to avoid capture similar to flag football."

Sound exciting? You can register you child for the event here. Spaces are limited.

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For those interested in the sport's real-world origins, US Quidditch began in 2005 with a small group and has since spread to more than 300 colleges, high schools and community teams around the nation. Official teams include clubs at big-name schools such as the University of Texas; University of California, Los Angeles; and University of Florida.

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