(April 21, 2009)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Fictitious Harry Potter Sport Quidditch Comes to Life at Centenary

SHREVEPORT, La. — Muggles will attempt to catch the snitch while holding on to their flying brooms during the Centenary Quidditch Tournament Saturday, April 25 on the Jones Rice Intramural Fields beginning at 11 a.m.

Centenary's first quidditch tournament will bring the fictitious sport to life as seven teams vie for the coveted top prize of tickets to the latest installment of the Harry Potter films, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

Originally played by wizards darting about on broomsticks, the game is now taking root on college campuses around the country and has adapted into a real-life game that is a cross between soccer, dodge ball, and rugby. First played in 2005 by students at Middlebury College in Vermont, the game has become so popular with students that there is an official league, the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association, rules and more than 200 teams.

The tournament is free and open to the public. For more information, call Patrick McCuller, Assistant Director of Student Involvement at 3189.896.5117.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.