Macarthur's Muggle Quidditch team for every Tom, Dick and Harry

Brooms up: Brendan Guy, Ben Towers, Michael McDonald and Natalie Fairall gave Muggle Quidditch a go in Campbelltown last week. Picture: Chris Lane
Brooms up: Brendan Guy, Ben Towers, Michael McDonald and Natalie Fairall gave Muggle Quidditch a go in Campbelltown last week. Picture: Chris Lane

THE players aren't wizards, the broomsticks don't fly and the quaffle is usually a volleyball.

Muggle Quidditch, adapted from the fictional sport of quidditch played in the Harry Potter series, has leapt from the pages of JK Rowling's books and on to sporting fields around Sydney.

And it's not just for witches, wizards and Potterheads.

Arfy Papadam, of Currans Hill, says anyone can play the game, which has been described as a mix of European handball, dodgeball, football and lacrosse.

He's started up a local team, called the Macarthur Weasleys, so players don't need to travel into the city for games.

The sport has taken off among university students — many of them members of Harry Potter fan groups — but there are few opportunities to play in Sydney's western suburbs.

"We're all geeks so we're just looking for other geeks to play quidditch," Mr Papadam said.

"A lot of it is to do with the social aspect and we've got people coming from different areas.

"A lot of people are playing because they might be geeks who are really into Harry Potter.

"But then, on the other side, you've got people who are really sports-minded — and then you've got other people in between."

Mr Papadam said each game was played by two teams who had to run with a broom between their legs at all times.

Volleyballs and dodgeballs replace quaffles and dodgers, and a neutral player dressed in gold replaces the magical object known as the golden snitch in the novels.

"It's a bit of an alternative sport for people who might not be interested in football or any of the other mainstream sports so it's something a bit different, and it's a lot of fun," he said.

Mr Papadam recruited new team members at Saturday's Free Comic Book Day event at HJ Daley Library in Campbelltown.

The event featured an official Sydney Quidditch League match between the Macquarie Marauders and the UTS Opaleyes.

Details: Visit Facebook.com/MacarthurQuidditch.

Muggle Quidditch facts

- There are more than 20 Muggle Quidditch teams in Australia and hundreds of teams across the United States;

- The sport was created in 2005 at Middlebury College, Vermont.

- There are generally seven players on each team, including three chasers, two beaters, one keeper and one seeker. Three circular goals are placed at each end of the field.

- Australia finished third in the 2012 Quidditch Summer Games at Oxford, UK, competing against muggles from the US, Canada, Britain and France.

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