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      Bringing Quidditch to life

      The fictional sport of Quidditch was first introduced to the world through the Harry Potter books.

      Now the game is being brought to life ... locally.

      KHQA's Kristen Aguirre introduces you to the Southeast Iowa Horntails, the Tri-States' very own Quidditch team.

      Craig Carter was always a fan of the Harry Potter books. So when he found out that the game of Quidditch was actually being played, he knew what he had to do.

      "I was just Googling just randomly for Quidditch and I came across the IQA and I was watching some videos, and I thought this is awesome, I want to try it," Carter said.

      Carter formed the Southeast Iowa Horntails two years ago. Since then, the team has played matches against other college and community Quidditch teams but they've never been in a formal tournament, until now.

      "The tournament we're hosting is going to incorporate four teams," Carter said. "We're going to be playing from 10 o'clock a.m. until 7 o'clock p.m. and it'll be right here in Keokuk High School."

      "We're looking forward to it," Alexis Roberts, Horntails co-captain, said. "We're looking forward to getting on the field with the IQA and making ourselves known."

      Quidditch may not be recognized as a "real" sport by some people, but to those who play it, the game is as hardcore as it gets.

      "You play this once and you're going to be shocked," Carter said. "We had a player play seeker for us once and he came up to us once and said 'Quidditch isn't real,' so we took him to Illinois State University. After the first match he was like 'this is real.'"

      "It's more of an accepting sport," Roberts said. "We don't really judge. If you can't throw the ball then you have another talent you can bring to the field."

      But if you still don't think Quidditch is a sport, here's your opportunity to learn more.

      "Come out and try it because your real sports, that you consider real, which I'm sure are but they use one ball and they get breaks in between," Roberts said. "But if you want to play a real sport, come out and play Quidditch. I challenge you."

      So don't knock the game until you've tried it and come out and seek what Quidditch is all about.

      The Southeast Iowa Horntails will have its Quidditch tournament this weekend at the Keokuk High School soccer field.

      For more information on the event you can check out the teams Facebook page.