‘Mudbloods’ explores real-life Quidditch

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College athletes have adapted Quidditch, the wizarding sport from the “Harry Potter” series, into a real club sport. Photo courtesy of Mudbloods

You can hope and pray for a Hogwarts acceptance letter all you want, but the sad fact is, it's probably not going to come. That's why one group of students is taking matters into their own hands by transforming a beloved sport from the “Harry Potter” book series into a game they can actually play—and seriously compete in.

It's been nearly 10 years since students at Middlebury College in Vermont adapted the wizarding sport of Quidditch, created by author J. K. Rowling, into a collegiate club sport for, well, non-magical folk (also known as "muggles," whereas "mudbloods" are magical people with muggles for parents and grandparents, like Hermione Granger).

Now, the just-released documentary "Mudbloods" is offering a behind-the-scenes look at just what it takes to compete in a fictional sport at the collegiate club sport level.

Which, as you might expect, looks a little bit like a group of Harry Potter fans running around clutching brooms between their legs.

But filmmaker Farzad Nikbakht is careful about toeing the line between mockumentary and heart-warming underdog story—not an easy juxtaposition to pull off. He follows the highs and lows of the UCLA Quidditch team with empathy, carefully chronicling their ascent from targets for other campus athletes to serious athletes to contenders for the 2011 Quidditch World Cup in New York—ones you can't help but start rooting for. Watch the trailer below and the entire film at mudbloodsmovie.com.

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