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Ten quidditch teams, along with many volunteers and fans, gathered during the Delaware Park Flurrious Winter Festival last Saturday for the Second Annual Ives Pond Invitational tournament.

Quidditch is a full-contact, high-paced game based on the sport of the same name from the wildly popular Harry Potter book series. As the sport approaches its sixth season, participation is higher than ever and International Quidditch Association commissioner, Alex Benepe, only wants it to keep growing. So much so as to call upon the 10 quidditch teams in attendance to help multiply the number of quidditch players by 10.

The nine college teams and one high school team braved the snow and cold for a day of fierce competition. The represented colleges included Ottawa, Pitt, Carleton, Edinboro, Syracuse, Geneseo, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, and, of course, Ives Pond, which draws students from all Buffalo-area universities. The high school team is the WEQL Griffins, a regional high school team based in Allegany.

The tournament kicked off at 10 a.m. after Benepe addressed the crowd. Much larger and warmer than last year's tournament, which took place in whiteout conditions, the day went off without a hitch.

Pitt took first place in the tournament after a victory over Ives Pond with a final score of 90-50. Pitt was undefeated throughout.

Running around on broomsticks, the quidditch players caught the attention of many visitors there to enjoy the Flurrious festival. Whether it left them confused or just plain amused, the tournament was a hit.

For more information on muggle quidditch, visit the IQA website at www.internationalquidditch.org.

Anna Hyzy is a junior at City Honors.