Quidditch World Cup won’t come to Austin after all

Silicon Valley Skrewts' Willis Miles IV, right, leads his team to the quaffles at the center of the field during a scrimmage against the University of Ottawa Quidditch team at the Quidditch World Cup in Kissimmee, Fla., Friday, April 12, 2013. Quidditch is a game born within the pages of Harry Potter novels, but in recent years it's become a real-life sport. The game is a co-ed, full contact sport that combines elements of rugby, dodgeball and Olympic handball. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Silicon Valley Skrewts' Willis Miles IV, right, leads his team to the quaffles at the center of the field during a scrimmage against the University of Ottawa Quidditch team at the Quidditch World Cup in Kissimmee, Fla., Friday, April 12, 2013. Quidditch is a game born within the pages of Harry Potter novels, but in recent years it's become a real-life sport. The game is a co-ed, full contact sport that combines elements of rugby, dodgeball and Olympic handball. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The international governing body of Quidditch, the fictional-turned-real sport inspired by the Harry Potter book series, has withdrawn a proposal to bring the game’s World Cup to Austin. The event will instead be held in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

U.S. Quidditch officials said they had to decline Austin’s bid after city officials informed them they would not be able asses the ability to provide financial support until after a bid was secured. It was also not known whether event organizers would have been allowed to charge spectators.

The Travis County commissioners were to consider a proposal Tuesday that would bring the Quidditch World Cup to Northeast Metro Park soccer fields. Under the proposal, the International Quidditch Association would have been able to charge a fee to spectators to enter the normally free-to-enter public park.

Due to time restraints, Quidditch officials said they could not wait any longer for the outcome of the decisions. They said city support and tickets cover roughly 80 percent of the event’s costs.

Made popular by the book series, Quidditch was adapted so muggles could play. The event was expected to bring about 3,000 spectators and 1,500 athletes to Central Texas.

Despite being passed over, Austin has expressed interest in bidding on future events, Quidditch officials said.

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