Chester's very own quidditch team are preparing to do battle with their broomsticks at the British Quidditch Cup.
Chester Chasers will go head to head with teams from across the United Kingdom, all vying to steal the crown from reigning champions Radcliffe Chimeras, in Nottingham on March 7 and 8.
The team of University of Chester students and graduates formed in September 2013 and competed at the inaugural British Quidditch Cup (BQC) just four weeks later.
Chester Chasers captain Henry Parkes is looking forward to playing in the knockout tournament of the sport conceived by author J K Rowling in her renowned Harry Potter series.
He said: “This is our second time going to the BQC. We attended the first one only a month after we formed, and as expected we unfortunately left the tournament without a single victory under our belts.
“However, things have changed. Last year our team’s numbers peaked at 20 or so people whereas this year we have approximately 35 people who attend practices, of which 20 will come with us to the BQC.
“We are very excited to go to the tournament and show how far we have progressed since we formed 18 months ago now.”
Henry added that the team has already had plenty of practice this year, with matches against teams from Bangor, Manchester and Leeds.
British Quidditch Cup director James Burnett said of the contest: “British Quidditch Cup is going to be the biggest thing to hit quidditch this side of the Atlantic, with the highest level of competition ever seen amongst UK teams.
“As both a sporting tournament and a flagship for the quidditch community, I’m excited to be at the helm in the evolution of quidditch.”