Inside the Quidditch World Cup
Joyce Park stashed this in The Sporting Life
Stashed in: Harry Potter
Considering the origins, seems quite violent. That being said, I bet current pro sports had similarly humble origins.
Thinking about it, baseball in particular seems like a organized variant of "hit the rock with a stick"
I refuse to believe this "Quidditch" is a real word. You made the whole thing up, Joyce, and you're not fooling me.
"Hit the rock with the stick" seems less violent than "Tackle the guy with the rock".