NYC Quidditch Cup attracts unusual spectators
Last year, the Quidditch World Cup in Middlebury, VT gathered somewhere around 22 teams from across the country, two live owls, one crepe-making stand, numerous chemistry professors performing “magic” on the sidelines, several a cappella groups, two hilarious improv comedy groups, and hundreds of fans.
With the recent announcement of the move of the cup to New York City, the International Quidditch Association (IQA) has opened up the cup for many more teams to attend. In addition to the increase in teams, however, comes an increase in spectators from some unusual arenas.
The Feminist Majority Foundation recently put the World Cup on their calendar, citing Quidditch’s uniqueness as a coed contact sport. They are coming with a political agenda: to support the induction of Title 9 3/4 into the Quidditch rulebook, overwriting the current gender clause stating that at least two women must be present on every team.
“With Title 9 3/4, the IQA will use the growing popularity of real-life Quidditch to challenge the way our world thinks about gender in sports and athletics.”
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