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Montreal hosts Quidditch Canada Eastern Regional Championships

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WATCH ABOVE: Quidditch is now a competitive full-contact sport and its popularity is growing across Canada. On Saturday the Eastern Regional Championships were held in Lachine – Feb 27, 2016

LACHINE– Straight from the pages of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter saga and into Montreal, Quidditch Canada is holding its second Eastern Regional Championships at the Lachine Soccerplex Catalogna.

Quidditch is now a competitive full-contact sport and its popularity is growing across Canada.

14 teams from Ontario and Quebec are competing to be the best in the East. The winners are moving on to face the Western champions.

“It’s a lot more physical and fast-paced than people usually expect it being,” said Claire Hutchinson, Director of Communications for Quidditch Canada.

The first Quidditch team started in Vermont, Oregon. The trend then spread throughout the United States of America.

McGill University was the first to embrace the sport and create a team in Canada.

“Montreal is the birthplace of Quidditch,” added Hutchinson.

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The trend grew and there are now over 30 Quidditch teams in Canada. The game is played worldwide by over 400 teams.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to learn to respect each other’s abilities on the field and play together as a team,” said Hutchinson.

The championships will be running until Saturday at 8 p.m., continuing tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

There’s no admission cost, however donations are accepted.

Quidditch Canada will be sending a national team to play at the 2016 World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany this July.