QUIDDITCH, a sport inspired by the Harry Potter franchise, has managed to take its first big step on Malaysian soil with the inaugural Asian Quidditch Cup.
It is a sport steadily rising in popularity, driving many Harry Potter fans to try playing the game.
Organised by Damansara Dementors’ founder Andrew Kasimir and co-founder Charmaine Goh, the first edition featured three teams – the Dementors and Subang Chimeras from Malaysia as well as the Australian National University Owls (ANU Owls).
The teams showed excellent sportsmanship and team spirit, throughout the two-day tournament, which saw round-robin matches played on the first day before the finals on the second day.
But it was the ANU Owls that ultimately rose to victory after a crushing win over Damansara Dementors in the finals with a scoreline of 120-10.
ANU Owls player Merryn Christian explained her love for the sport, complimenting its complexity which allowed any player to make a difference.
“It’s the most fun I’ve ever had. It’s very competitive yet there is a large feeling of camaraderie among players,” said Merryn, who admitted to being a big Harry Potter fan.
The players also appreciate how the sport incorporates elements from other sports such as the tackles in rugby, basketball and dodgeball.
“It is a combination of many sports, making it more physical than it appears to be at first,” said Subang Chimeras player Alvin Ong, who was also a big fan of the franchise.
Currently, Malaysia has only two quidditch teams, both of which featured in the tournament.
Andrew founded the Damansara Dementors in 2013 and is actively trying to promote the sport as well as encourage more teams to participate in next year’s Asian Quidditch Cup.
“We are expecting five teams to participate in next year’s tournament.
“We may have teams join in from countries such as South Korea or Vietnam,” Andrew said.
While only one team could be the victor, the atmosphere was friendly and new bonds and friendships were made over the course of the competition.
ANU Owls team captain Oscar Cozens said, “We are obviously very happy with our win today, but what I feel is also important is that we are coming to a developing Quidditch nation.
“From the two days we’ve played quidditch here, we’ve already witnessed a lot of growth between the two Malaysian teams,” he added.