Time Out Melbourne

Victorian Quidditch Association: Come and Try Day

This event has finished

The fierce sport Harry Potter plays at Hogwarts has taken wings among Melbourne Muggles

Quidditch speed demons the Melbourne Manticores are scoring with quaffles, bludgers and stopping the snitch (a super-fast person) every Saturday. JK Rowlings' fictional game has been adapted to real-life grounds across Melbourne with chasers, beaters and keepers in a competitive match organised by the Victorian Quidditch Association – and there are associations across Australia, for those who have been in the dark.

Founder of the VQA is 23-year-old Emily Davies from Wandin, who had joined in a mock game that was held at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at the IMAX and later stumbled across the International Quidditch Association. She registered her interest at starting a team, learned the rules with some friends and started up a Facebook page. "The first year was a bit hit and miss with mostly the few regulars showing up," she admits, "but then last July we got asked to compete in the 'Quidditch Olympics' in Oxford, England. We competed against England, France America and Canada and got bronze."

Davies, together with teammates Kat Young and Michael Butera, got a squad together for the National Championships QUAFL at the University of Sydney in December 2012. "We were expected to come last against the force of the many NSW rivals but we ended up surprising them by coming fourth out of 12 teams," she says. "This year we've had such a huge amount of interest that we could no longer accept players into the Melbourne Manticores. We now have the Blackburn Basalisks, the Wrackspurts and the Monash Muggles – these three teams are accepting new members.

Emma Morris is a certified Quidditch Head Referree from Mount Waverley. "I got into it because I have always loved Harry Potter," says the 24-year-old, "but many of our players don't actually like Harry Potter – they just love the sport. Within three weeks of my first 'Come and Try' day I travelled to Canberra for Quidditch Camp. I'm in the process of becoming internationally certified and joining the Referee Development Team for the International Quidditch Association."

To join a team, join the Victorian Quidditch Association group on Facebook – young and old are equally welcome. "We'll update you with upcoming events and put you onto our captains to start playing," says Davies.

'Come and Try' days are the first and third Saturday of each month. They also hold workshops for "safe tackling" and similar.

More sports & sporting events and outdoor activities in Melbourne? Sign up to our Weekend Planner

By Jenny Valentish   |  

Victorian Quidditch Association: Come and Try Day details

St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 3004

Price FREE
More free events

Date Sat 04 May 2013

Open 11am

Alexandra Gardens map

Report a problem with this page

Restaurants and bars nearby


173m - One cannot live on art alone, so after filling your mind with the wonder of...

Fatto Bar and Cantina

217m - Located on the terrace at Hamer Hall, Fatto offers simple Italian dishes for...

Sake Restaurant & Bar

220m - Saké is Sydney chef Shaun Presland ’s contemporary Japanese restaurant...

The Tea Room

220m - The Tea Room is part of the NGV serving a dozen kinds of cuppa including...

More restaurants and bars nearby

Other venues nearby

MPavilion 2015

59m - Remember last year’s inaugural MPavilion: the highly versatile stainless...

NGV International

182m - The NGV is a grand modernist building where major blockbuster shows are...

Melbourne Arts Walk

217m - The Arts Centre Melbourne unveiled its Melbourne Arts Walk in December 2013,...

Hamer Hall

217m - Fifty thousand admirers turned up to the reopening of Arts Centre...

More venues nearby
Petit Piknic

Petit Piknic

Melbourne's got the most fun, family-friendly Sunday session at Piknic Electronik

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus

Get the Time Out weekend planner. Straight to your inbox, every Thursday.
Read more