Even Dolores Umbridge couldn’t keep the UNC Quidditch team off the field this year.
And now the team is headed to the World Cup.
Hot off the heels of winning the Minerva Cup, the UNC Quidditch team fought its way through the Mid-Atlantic regionals to qualify for the World Cup.
The team managed to clinch one of 10 spots after placing sixth in the mid-Atlantic regional tournament that was held on Saturday and Sunday in Leesburg, Va.
With this being the team’s first official year in the International Quidditch Association, it has started strong by placing in the World Cup, which will be held April 5 and 6, 2014, in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Dylan Meyer, a junior and current president of the club, expressed pride in advancing through what he considered to be the most difficult region.
“(I am) incredibly excited, especially because mid-Atlantic championship, I think … that we had by far the hardest pool to go through,” Meyer said. “We pulled through that pool and got ourselves in a position to make it through our brackets into the World Cup.”
Clay Ballard, a junior and vice president of the team, emphasized how quickly the team has achieved success.
“I am super excited — this is a great year for UNC Quidditch. We have surprised so many other teams because we’ve just really came out of nowhere,” Ballard said. “But we knew this year that we were going to be really good competitors.”