Mudbloods: A Documentary About Real-Life Quidditch Players

Published 08/08 2014 08:00PM

Updated 08/08 2014 08:05PM

Item: Real world Quidditch was founded in 2005 at Middlebury College. The documentary itself is described as being “. . . a cross between Friday Night Lights and Dodgeball.” It showcases the passion behind the community—which has been slowly legitimizing itself over the years by building itself up around a beloved franchise and universe. Here’s proof of how people have taken it upon themselves to bolster their numbers and create an actual Quidditch World Cup, where 94 teams competed for the title.

Why it Matters: While Harry Potter may be a worldwide phenomenon, niche sports aren’t so much. They’re called niche for a reason, because they stay fairly small and exist in tight-knit communities that support the growth potential but rarely see it happen. However, as niche groups gain momentum they are slowly garnering more support and mainstream attention due to the popular demand of “underground content.” As viral videos surrounding niche events and sports floods the Internet, mainstream followers begin to appear, turning something that once had very little momentum into a full-blown movement.

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