“Brooms Up!” Chestnut Hill College's Quidditch Team to Compete in Two Events in New York City

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Chestnut Hill College, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will send their Quidditch team to test their skills against other schools on the East Coast and beyond when they compete in a Quidditch match at the Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park, New York City on October 3, 2010 and at the Intercollegiate Quidditch World Cup on November 13-14 in Dewitt Clinton Park.

Harry Potter fans rejoice! This fall there are several events to get wizards and Muggles ready for the first half of the final Harry Potter film installment. Chestnut Hill College's Quidditch team will be participating in two events this fall on the East Coast that are a must-see for Harry Potter fans.

  • Chestnut Hill will compete in a Quidditch match at the Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park, New York City on the Joust Field, October 3, 2010 at 11:30 a.m.
  •     The College Quidditch Team will compete at the 4th annual Intercollegiate Quidditch World Cup on November 13-14 at Dewitt Clinton Park, Central Park, 52nd Street and 11th Avenue, New York City.

Muggle (or for those unfamiliar with the books, non-magical people) Quidditch, the wizarding sport played on broomsticks in the beloved Harry Potter series has leapt off the pages of the fantasy book and onto college campuses. Quidditch is a game that is a cross between football, dodgeball, rugby, as well as a game of hide and go seek, although all elements from J.K Rowling 's tale are fully represented, including riding broomsticks. The "Golden Snitch," the flying ball that was Harry's job as a seeker to capture, is now a track runner with the ability to run all over the campus; Quaffles can still score points, and players can still get bludgered. Muggle Quidditch, created in 2005 at Middlebury College, Vt., has since become a popular nationwide sport, with more than 400 colleges and 300 high schools with teams in the United States and over 13 countries that are a part of the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association (IQA) membership.

Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park
The Chestnut Hill College Quidditch team will play a demonstration match and then a public match at the Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park on October 3, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. After the match, members of the team will be available to answer questions and interact with guests at the Unicorn forum from 12:30 p.m. - 1p.m.

The Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park brings to life the customs and spirit of the Middle Ages. The Park is transformed into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags where performers, guests and festival goers dress in medieval costume. Visitors are greeted by authentic medieval music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters. The afternoon concludes with a thrilling joust between knights on horseback. More than 40,000 people attendthe fair each year.

Intercollegiate Quidditch World Cup

Chestnut Hill College will be one of more than 57 teams competing in this year's Intercollegiate Quidditch World Cup taking place November 13-14 at Dewitt Clinton Park, Central Park, 52nd Street and 11th Avenue, New York City. The Intercollegiate Quidditch World Cup, now in its fourth year, is similar to the World Cup tournament featured in the Harry Potter book seriess, with teams from all over the country competing. In 2009, Chestnut Hill College swept the Philadelphia Bracket and placed fifth in the third annual Quidditch World Cup held at Middlebury College. In 2007, the College team placed third defeating Princeton University, Louisiana State University, Emerson College, and Ives Pond before falling to Vassar College in tournament play.

This year's World Cup was moved to New York City's Central Park to coincide with the premier of the final Harry Potter film installment and to accommodate the increasing number of schools entering the competition. Harry Potter's favorite game comes alive at this two-day tournament with participants and guests decked in capes, hats, and other magical garb celebrating all things Harry Potter.

Members of the Chestnut Hill College Quidditch team are available to demonstrate the basics of the game for the media. Please contact Lisa Mixon, media relations manager at Chestnut Hill College for more information.

About Chestnut Hill College
Chestnut Hill College is a four-year coed Catholic college in the Ignatian tradition that offers a traditional liberal arts undergraduate program as well as accelerated undergraduate degrees, master's and doctoral programs. The College has been rated by US News & World Report as among the best master's universities in the North, as among the best Northeastern colleges by The Princeton Review, and has been classified as selective by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Since 1924, the College has offered a rigorous curriculum that provides students with a broad background in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The goal of Chestnut Hill College has been to prepare students for life's challenges by helping them to grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and socially.

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