'It's organised chaos': Players battle it out in British Quidditch Cup video

With poles instead of broomsticks between their legs, some players have battled it out in a sport usually reserved for witches and wizards, and described by one enthusiastic participant as "organised chaos".

The British Quidditch Cup is a tournament which draws its inspiration from the magical Harry Potter universe created by author JK Rowling, with modifications to allow for the limitations of ordinary mortals, known in her books as "Muggles".

Instead of flying through the air on magical broomsticks, these competitors run around the pitch holding on tightly to their poles.

Instead of flying through the air on magical broomsticks, these competitors run around the pitch holding on tightly to ...
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Instead of flying through the air on magical broomsticks, these competitors run around the pitch holding on tightly to their poles.

"It's a mixed gender, multi-national sport – it's played in over 20 countries worldwide," said Tom Heynes, a player for the Velociraptors team, during the weekend tournament in the central English county of Staffordshire.

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"It's basically a mix of rugby, dodgeball, little bits of handball thrown in there. The best way to describe it is organised chaos. It's just a bit hectic on pitch but it's fantastic."

Teams are made up of seven players who try to score by throwing a ball through hoops while seeking the snitch – a small, winged golden ball in the Harry Potter books but on this pitch a tennis ball in a yellow sock dangling from the back of one of the players.

Some 32 teams from across Britain took part in the weekend event, organised by QuidditchUK.

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 - Reuters

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