Attention Muggleborns! Your time has arrived.
For anyone who fell in love with J.K. Rowling’s incomparable Harry Potter novels and wished they were real (because, let’s face it — Hogwarts is so much cooler than any school we’ve ever been to), there’s a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel that’s bringing at least a sliver of the Harry Potter universe to real life.
Mudbloods, a documentary released earlier this year about intercollegiate Quidditch teams, follows the journey of the scrappy and promising UCLA Quidditch squad as they train up for the 5th Annual Quidditch World Cup back in 2012. The film, directed by Farzad Sangari, highlights exactly what it means to live out your Potter-fueled dreams, and the highs and lows that come with that journey.
Started as an official IRL sport in 2005 at Middlebury College, Quidditch began as a hobby for its Middlebury founders Xander Manshel and Alex Benepe but it quickly snowballed into something much grander. As it currently stands, the International Quidditch Association (IQA) and U.S. Quidditch (USQ) host thousands of intercollegiate and community teams across six continents.
Mudbloods follows UCLA Quidditch founder and team captain, Tom Marks, tracking the daily routines and struggles of transferring a fictional sport into reality. “My [older brother] would always call me a ‘Mudblood’, and I never knew what it meant,” laughs Tom in the film. “And finally one day he told me, ‘It means you come from a non-magical background, but you have magical powers because you started a Quidditch team.’ And I thought, ‘You are the biggest dork ever.’ But then again . . . I play Quidditch, so.”