MANCHESTER is to host Britain’s Quidditch Championship this weekend.

The activity, inspired by the wizarding world of Harry Potter, has continued to increase in popularity with hundreds of players from around the country mounting their broomsticks.

The tournament, hosted by the University of Manchester, has been called the Cottonopolis Cup and will welcome six teams.

The sport can be described as a mixture of lacrosse, rugby and dodge-ball, with the main influences coming from the books written by J K Rowling.  

Teams from around the country, predominantly made up of University students, will gather in Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield on Saturday.

The teams involved are: Chester Centurions, Liverpuddly Cannons, Manchester Manticores, Preston Poltergeists, Queen’s University Belfast and the Sheffield Squids.

How to play Quidditch:

Each team is made up of seven people with only four players of the same gender allowed on one team.

There are four positions in a game of ‘muggle’ Quidditch, these are: Keepers, Chasers, Beaters and Seekers.

There are three types of balls in a game of Quidditch, including: The Quaffle, Bludgers and The Snitch.

Ultimately, the object of the game is to score more points than your opponents, with each ball worth more points.

The championship takes place on Saturday and is from 8am to 5pm.

To keep up to date with the championship or to get your team involved, visit their Facebook page or the university’s website.

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