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Quidditch Is Now ‘Quadball’ — And A Tournament Is Coming To Chicago

The rebranded sport will have a 12-team, all-day tournament in the Dan Ryan Woods.

Local adult club team Chicago United Quadball will host its own tournament on Oct. 15.
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AUBURN GRESHAM — A sport inspired by quidditch from the world of Harry Potter is bringing its magic to Chicago for a national tournament.

The Chicago United Quadball team will host a round robin tournament 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Dan Ryan Woods, 8411 S. Western Ave. Details about the game sites are online.

The tournament, called Trick Or Beat: Boo.0, will have 12 teams — including Chicago United, local club team Boom Train and Columbia College Chicago — and all are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes, organizers said.

Quidditch was brought to life in the Harry Potter books and first seen in the 2001 film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” The game was grounded and first played by students at Middlebury College in Vermont in 2005.

In December, the organizing leagues of the sport, U.S. Quidditch and Major League Quidditch, distanced themselves from their roots in quidditch, citing trademarking and anti-trans remarks by author J.K. Rowling. The sport is now known as quadball.

Quadball is “a full contact, mixed-gender sport with elements of rugby, basketball, dodgeball and flag football,” organizers said.

The event is free, but donations to Chicago United Quadball, via PayPal to @chicagoquidCUQC, are encouraged, organizers said.

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