UEA’s Norwich Nifflers have progressed to the British Quidditch Cup finals. In mid March, they will compete with 31 other British teams.

Quidditch is a variation of the magical game depicted in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. It can be summarised as a gender-inclusive contact sport played on broomsticks.

The aim is for one of the three ‘Chasers’ to get the ‘Quaffle’ through one of three hoops, the ‘Beaters’ to throw ‘Bludgers’ at the opposing team, the Keeper (who is pretty self-explanatory) to prevent opposing team’s players scoring, and the Seeker. The Seeker’s role is to capture the Golden Snitch, a tag attached to a neutral player who can run anywhere. Capturing the Snitch ends the game, and often secures a definite win.

Emma Jones, Captain of the team, said she was “extremely proud” to have reached the finals. “We have worked hard to get here, and are working even harder to show what we’re really made of.

“At the end of the day, if everyone comes off the pitch with a smile on their face, that’s what it’s all about for us,” she said.

The finals will take place in Rugeley, Staffordshire.