From Hogwarts to UCLA, quidditch is the next great college sport

Former UCLA film student Farzad Sangari has released a trailer for his upcoming documentary "Mudbloods," which follows UCLA's team to the Quidditch World Cup.

On university campuses around the world, students are gathering to form bonafide quidditch leagues straight out of JK Rowling's "Harry Potter" series. Yes, they ride broomsticks. No, they don't fly, however much they want to. But could Quidditch become the next great intramural sport?

Former University of California, Los Angeles film student Farzad Sangari is working on "Mudbloods," a documentary about UCLA's quidditch team, and on Thursday released an incredibly interesting trailer for the film that left us wanting more.

The documentary follows UCLA's co-ed team as they prepare for the 2011 quidditch World Cup, and shows a hardcore, full-contact game that results in bruises and bloodshed.

It's amazing to think that a game created for a fantasy series of books and films could take off so drastically in such a short time. According to the US Quidditch Organization, there are now over 300 universities, high schools and community quidditch teams throughout North America, Australia and Europe, and the organization has put on around 25 sanctioned events every year since its inception in 2010. That's a lot of chasers, beaters, keepers and seekers playing a fantasy game adapted for us muggles in 2005.

Sangari's film "Mudbloods" will be released in full this October. You can preorder it in instant streaming and HD download DVD for $12.99 on the official "Mudbloods" movie page.

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I wish they had quidditch when I went to school. Video screenshot by Anthony Domanico/CNET

(Via io9.)

 

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