University of Miami Quidditch Team Wins Swamp Cup, Out-Nerds Competing Florida Schools

Here's the good news: One University of Miami sports team is currently ranked among the best in the nation after a dominating win at a regional tournament this weekend.

The bad news: It's the UM Quidditch team, so you can't exactly trash talk about it.

In Gainesville last weekend, Muggle Quidditch of University of Miami competed in the sport of wizards against teams from seven Florida schools, including University of South Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, and University of Florida. Quidditch is, of course, the once-fictional sport in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, which un-magical fans have adapted for real-life play.

UM Quidditch is actually ranked first in the world, according to the International Quidditch Association, which is apparently a real thing with a website and everything. Above, you can watch footage from last year's Swamp Cup match pitting UM against Ringling College.

Over 40 college and university teams are registered with the IQA; below UM, University of California Los Angeles and University of Rochester rank second and third, respectively.

Way to go, you mighty Miami muggles.

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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' former arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University and moved to Florida in 2004. She joined New Times' staff in 2011.
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