If you think about it, the characters of Batman and Harry Potter have a lot in common. Both were orphaned at a young age. They both have a huge responsibility to use their talents and skills to save the world from destruction. Gary Oldman has starred in both film franchises.
Now we can add one more thing to the list. Batman just hosted a quidditch tournament at his house.
OK, so obviously Batman wasn't really there, but his house was, or at least the estate used for Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. Wollaton Hall in Nottingham, England hosted the second British Quidditch Cup on Sunday, which included 23 teams competing in a real-life version of the beloved sport featured in the Harry Potter books and movies.
"We want people to discover what we do and see us as a legitimate sport rather than imitating Harry Potter, so we put it in a public place to get that exposure," QuidditchUK President Amy Maidment told BBC News regarding the location of this year's event.
If you know anything about quidditch, you know that the players are really meant to be flying around on broomsticks. Unfortunately, us muggles don't have the ability to do that, so the players just run around on poles as they play this sport that's "like rugby mixed with dodgeball," Maidment told BBC News. The Southampton Quidditch Club won the whole shebang this year.
Unfortunately, neither Bruce Wayne nor Batman made an appearance during the British Quidditch Cup this year, so there wasn't much of a real-live collision of fantasy worlds and fandoms. Wouldn't it be something else to see Batman fly around in some contraption, competing against Harry Potter to grab the Golden Snitch? Ah, if only dreams really came true.
But perhaps Bruce was just lurking in some wing inside his mansion watching the tournament or working on some new Batgear down in the Batcave. We all know that's more his style anyway.
[H/T MTV News]