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Broomsticks aground, Quidditch cup comes to NYC

Broomsticks aground, Quidditch cup comes to NYC
Harvard Hortails' Billy Gorman celebrates with his team mates in the Quidditch match against University of Richmond during the 4th annual Quidditch World Cup held at Dewitt Clinton Park Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (/ AP)

More than 40 broomstick-riding teams are competing in the two-day Quidditch world cup tournament in New York City.

Long a fictional fixture of the Harry Potter novels and movies about teenage wizards, the sport features players who fly on broomsticks. But in real life, the rules have been adapted to a ground game for "muggles" - humans without magical powers.

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Teams from around the world that competed in a Manhattan park Saturday with rules similar to the sport created by J.K. Rowling in her books. The matches call for chasers, beaters, keepers, seekers and a snitch. Goals must be score and the snitch caught.

The tournament continues Sunday.

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Online:

International Quidditch Association: http://www.internationalquidditch.org/

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