An inaugural Quidditch World Cup Tournament will be held at the LSU Lab School campus on Sunday, April 17, at 3 p.m.
Four “muggle” quidditch teams are comprised of 82 students from 8th – 12th grade who belong to the Lab School’s new Quidditch Club. The club was organized by high school sophomores Anne Wheeler, founder and president, and Samantha “Sam” Prather, captain. The LSU quidditch team assisted the high school students by sharing the essential tools and rules of college quidditch, which the sophomores later modified for high school students.
“Muggle” quidditch is adapted from the popular “magical” quidditch sport popularized by the Harry Potter book series by J. K. Rowling.
“The Quidditch Club encourages physical activity and literacy in our country’s youth,” Wheeler said. “But equally important is the fellowship it encourages among students. Quidditch helps bring people together, who might not normally interact, in a healthy and educational environment.”
“A lot of parents have come up to me saying, ‘They (the students) aren’t doing this anymore.’,” said Catherine Cummins, making text-messaging motions with her hands.