Call it the “Harry Potter Effect”, if you will!
Who knew Quidditch would take off and become so popular ?! Ali Markus, manager of The Intensity, Indianapolis Quidditch Team, explains how this fierce competition works, as she returns to play for the first time in almost TWO YEARS this weekend in Indianapolis!
Indianapolis Intensity is hosting a three-game series against the Cleveland Riff to kick off the 2021 season at Riverwood Park on Saturday, June 26. The matches, which will start at 1 p.m., are open to the public and pay what you think is worth. Tickets are available here.
No competitive Quidditch matches at any level have been played in the United States since March 2020. MLQ teams last played in August 2019 at the League Championship in Richmond, Virginia. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of the entire 2020 season.
The MLQ resumed in 2021 with a 35-page book of health and safety guidelines, including a Covid code of conduct, setting up video trials, and suspending cross-border matches with Canadian franchises. No team can compete in 2021 unless all of its participating athletes are fully vaccinated or the daily case rates in the county or metropolitan area are below a certain threshold.
Quidditch is a mixed full contact sport played by more than 600 teams in 40 countries. The rules, originally adapted from the Harry potter series of books, incorporates a mix of basketball, rugby and dodge ball elements.
Founded in 2015, the MLQ is the highest level of quidditch in North America. The league is home to 15 franchises and an expansion testing team in the United States and Canada and runs from June through August. The teams recruit star players from local college and adult Quidditch programs.
Indianapolis is one of the most successful teams in the league. The Intensity won four of the five North Division titles and reached the MLQ Championship final in 2017. After losing in the quarterfinals in 2018 and 2019, the team are looking to regain their winning streak in 2021.
Teams vie for the chance to win the Benepe Cup – the league trophy named after real-life Quidditch founder Alex Benepe – at the 2021 MLQ Championship in Howard County, Md. On August 21-22. The top four teams from each of the three divisions qualify for the event.
About the Major Quidditch League
Quidditch is a competitive, full contact, mixed sport practiced by athletes around the world. Major League Quidditch set out to create a high-intensity environment for North America’s top athletes to hone their skills and compete for one of our sport’s greatest honors: the Benepe Cup.
Want to learn more about Major League Quidditch?
Visit mlquidditch.com or contact us at [email protected].