Hundreds Come to Rockford for Quidditch Tournament

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Hundreds of people are filling up Rockford's hotels and visiting our businesses this weekend all while taking part in a Harry Potter inspired tournament.

Saturday kicks off the two day International Quidditch Association's Midwest Regional Championship. Quidditch is a game the wizards play in Harry Potter, but it's become a very popular game on college campuses. If you've never seen the movies or read the books it's hard to explain, but it’s kind of a mix of rugby, dodgeball, basketball, and flag football while riding on a broomstick. Teams from 12 states are taking part this weekend vying for a chance to compete at the IQA World Cup in Myrtle Beach.

"We're going against a lot of great competition here and there's a lot of teams here that have grown so much, like we have too, so it's always just good going against people that are good teams and some teams are even better than us and it's just good seeing that diversity here and being able to go against the best teams.” Amber Harmon, a Quidditch player from Central Michigan University, said.

Rockford also hosted 10 quidditch teams in April. This weekend teams are expected to fill 400 hotel rooms and bring in $73,000 for area businesses.

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