Yesterday we went to the US Quidditch World Cup 9 and it was so much fun.
Bud was aghast at all of the money I spent on tee shirts, brooms & food, but come ON. How often do you attend a Quidditch cup?
I learned a lot about the difference between magical playing & human playing, but it's still quite similar. The brooms have recently been replaced with sticks - still called brooms - because turns out the straw bits were chafing & then the naked end of the brooms - the ones with screws sticking out - were injuring players. Ouch.
June & Truett both got new-style brooms - June's is purple with a purple grip & pink lettering, Truett's is green with a navy grip & gold lettering. It was so fun to customize them, & last night while I was putting them to bed Truett sighed, "I love my new broom. I only wish it could fly."
We ate corndogs, snow cones & funnel cake. Bud even got into it - in his usual gregarious Texan kind of way, leaning over and picking the brains of anyone who would talk to him :) He of course enjoyed the strategy portion of the tournament, while I was secretly hoping JK would ghost into the crowd. It's a fun mix of sport, and HP geeks like me.
We came home tired, a bit sunburned, and so happy. I'm hoping next year it's close enough for us to attend again. Have you ever been? Also - side note - I adore that this sport is still in it's early stages. Parking was a breeze (and free), people were incredibly friendly, and you can still play even if you're not an absolute athletic maniac. It was wonderful.