Peru: The world’s next power in Harry Potter sport Quidditch?

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With Peru facing a truly depressing defeat yesterday in the World Cup qualifying tournament, Peruvian sports fans need something to lift their collective spirits. Luckily, a new interview in El Comercio has revealed that Peru has the potential to become one of the world’s Quidditch hotspots.

Quidditch, for those that don’t know, is a fictional game from the Harry Potter book series. It’s a game that’s played while flying on broomsticks, wherein players attempt to score goals and gain points. In the Harry Potter universe, there’s even a Quidditch World Cup– it’s as important to witches and wizards in the books as soccer is worldwide to we non-magical people.

El Comercio interviewed Williams Rojas Ramirez, the 27-year-old president of the Peruvian Quidditch Federation. Rojas Ramirez, who lives in Chorrillos, has been working on adapting Quidditch for everyday play for several years, going so far as to personally design the broomsticks that he and his teammates use during matches. Unfortunately, they aren’t flying broomsticks, but El Comercio points out that Rojas Ramirez and company seem to have so much fun playing that it doesn’t matter.

The Federation’s promoters, however, want to highlight that it’s not just a game for Harry Potter fans. “We’re not a Harry potter fan club […] If you like Harry Potter, that’s great, and you should play. But even if you don’t like Harry Potter, you can play. Actually the majority of teams really aren’t Harry Potter fans, and that’s actually our goal– that not just fans of the series play, but everyone,” Rojas Ramirez told El Comercio. He firmly believes that everyone can love Quidditch if they just give it a try.

Interestingly, as Rojas Ramirez reminded El Comercio, Peruvian Quidditch teams in the Harry Potter books are actually talked about as being some of the best teams in the world. According to the Federation’s Facebook page they will be hosting an introduction to Quidditch in the Parque el Olivar in San Isidro on Sept. 22. Peruvian fans of the series want to bring Quidditch to the mainstream.

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