As any Harry Potter fan will tell you, Quidditch is just one of the wondrous things author J.K. Rowling devised for her magical books. But unlike many of those things, Quidditch, with its quaffles and snitches, has been brought to life. The Guardian brings us a glimpse of a match at Oxford:
To onlookers it may have seemed outlandish and bizarre, but to these mostly teenage Oxford students it was the realisation of a dream. For Quidditch, the game they grew up reading about in the pages of Harry Potter books, is no longer a fictional activity played by witches and wizards in the air. It is a fast-paced and disconcertingly rough team sport that is played firmly on the ground and results in very real cuts and bruises.
You can read about real life Quidditch here.