A historical union between UWE and the University of Bristol has brought Quidditch to Bristol. The UWE society was created during the summer and it wasn’t long until UoB launched a sister society.

Quidditch players Sam Senior (left) and Jack Williams (right) // Credit: Brizzlepuffs
Quidditch players Sam Senior (left) and Jack Williams (right) // Credit: Brizzlepuffs

“The whole concept of going together was to help us get Quidditch in Bristol off the ground”, says the president of Brizzlepuffs, Tom Ower. “It seems to be a great relationship at the moment. Hopefully, they won’t try to go independent anytime soon!”

Quidditch appears to be the fastest growing mixed sport in the world with over 20 teams in the UK and 200 around the world. “It’s a sport with a very friendly community, but at its core, a competitive fast-paced game that keeps players coming back.”

Real-life Quidditch is based on the fictional sport of the same name from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The only key difference being the inability to actually fly. Players still use brooms however, and the infamous magical Golden Snitch is replaced by a neutral player dressed in gold. It’s certainly quirky, but looks like great fun.

By Yuliya Kosharevska