This is not your mother’s college sports team. Your cool aunt’s, though, maybe.
Whether there’s one on your current campus, at your alma mater, or maybe at your dream school, student Quidditch clubs are popping up all around the country, and there’s nothing imaginary about the competition. The broom-borne game—created by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series—is now a full-fledged co-ed contact sport, and the new documentary Mudbloods looks at how the once-fictional game became a phenomenon.
Directed by former UCLA film student Farzad Sangari, Mudbloods follows a team of Quidditch players at UCLA as they compete in the Quidditch World Cup held in New York City. The doc takes a close look at the pioneers of the sport, the athletes who ensure it’s no joke, and the skeptics and fans who have their own opinions about the real-life proliferation of Harry Potter’s fictional pastime.
Sangari’s film made its world premiere at the AFI DOCS festival in June and will be available on demand and in limited theatrical release via Bond/360 this October.
Below, watch EW’s exclusive trailer for Mudbloods: