This is how the members of Indianapolis Intensity, a Major League Quidditch team, spend their summers. From June to August, these athletes compete against 15 other teams—14 in the United States and one from Canada—for the championship. It may be born from fantasy, but those who play take it seriously, and spend hours practicing, just like in any other sport.
Unlike most other athletic pursuits, though, Quidditch is fairly new. The game itself is only a little over a decade old, and MLQ is even younger—this is just the league’s fourth year. Since MLQ is the highest level of competition for the game, it’s difficult to get on the team. But if you’re a Muggle who’s really serious about Quidditch, give it a shot—tryouts are this month.
And if you settle in at Broad Ripple Park’s baseball diamond for one of the Intensity’s games this summer but can’t quite grasp it, don’t worry—some players’ families don’t, either, and they’ve been watching for a while. Just sit back and enjoy the magic.