A guide to Quidditching, a magical new photo meme

Last week, the University of Texas won the Quidditch World Cup. Muggle Quidditch, that is.

Inspired by the Harry Potter books, Muggle Quidditch combines netball, rugby and hide-and-seek, and is mostly played by American college students. It makes about as much sense as any other sport, except for the rule that all players must hold a vestigial, flightless broomstick between their legs at all times.

Since the first Muggle Quidditch World Cup in 2007, the sport has become surprisingly popular. This year 80 teams traveled to Florida to compete, along with halftime entertainment in the form of Wizard Rock (“wrock”) bands such as Harry and the Potters. But for the less athletically inclined, there’s always “Quidditching.”

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Following on from photo memes like plankingmilking, and Vadering, Quidditching involves taking photos where the participants look like they’re flying on a broomstick. Reminiscent of the recent Japanese meme for Dragon Ball Z photos, this is pretty simple to do. All you need is a camera, a broomstick, and the ability to jump. 

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So far photos are turning up everywhere from Japan to Russia—which is more than you can say for “real” Quidditch, unfortunately. 

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On the bright side, some people have accidentally taken a Quidditching photo… while playing Quidditch. 

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Since the entire generation of current college students grew up with Harry Potter, it’s surprising that a meme like this didn’t show up earlier.

But our favorite Quidditcher so far is Vine user Jackson Holland, who created this stop-motion video where he appears—kind of—to fly for real. 

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Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor