In a magical twist of events, Team Australia took home the 2016 Quidditch World Cup and dealt Team USA their first ever defeat.
Quidditch, which was once a fictional game in best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s immensely popular Harry Potter series, is now not just limited to books.
The International Quidditch Association World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, is a very real competition.
The tournament held on July 23 and 24 was the biggest Quidditch World Cup to date with 21 teams from all over the world taking part in the event. While many of the teams, like Australia, are widely recognized and rank as one of the best in the world, the teams from Brazil and South Korea were both new to the game and drew the most intrigue from the masses.
The Australian team, named after the fictitious creature Dropbear, caught the Golden Snitch and won the game 150-130. On their Facebook page, the team wrote:
“We are the Dropbears. We came here to take the fight to America. We came here to show the international Quidditch community what we're made of.
"And we did it. This team went from strength to strength over the past 4 months. The Australian Quidditch community could not be prouder.”
The Australian media praised the victorious team and said they brought “joy to Aussies and Harry Potter fans the country over.”