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Skydivers Give Us The Closest Thing to Watching an IRL Quidditch Match

Sadly, we non-magic folk haven't been able to recreate the look or feeling of flying on brooms and trying to score a goal with the Quaffle while dodging Bludgers--until now. A group of skydivers did just that recently when they jumped out of an airplane with broomsticks, an inflatable ball and a miniature version of the Quidditch goal hoop--and the results are, as Ron Weasley would say, wicked.

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Potterheads Rejoice! You Can Now Have Your Very Own Collectible Quidditch Set

Love Harry Potter? Well, then you probably also love quidditch and wish you could take to the sky on your broom and hurl some bludgers at some chasers and seekers! Sadly, you can't do that (well, you could - but it'd be on the ground), but you can have your very own quidditch set!

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Things We Saw Today: Quidditch Beer Pong Puts a New Spin on a Fandom Favorite

Did you know Quidditch Beer Pong is a thing now?! Well, thanks to the handy creators of Unofficial Quidditch Pong, you can now own the materials to make your next party that much more thrilling. (Technically, they're sold out right now--but this is kind of a great way to have fun while engaging in your favorite Harry Potter game, right?)

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Things We Saw Today: Kate Mara is All of Us In This New The Martian Trailer

This trailer for Ridley Scott's The Martian is an incredibly well done in-universe look at the crew of the Ares 3. It's incredibly rich with details about each of the crew members, including Kate Mara as nerdy astronaut Beth Johanssen.

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Muggle Consolation Prize! Unofficial Quidditch Beer Pong Sets Now Available

♫ Weasley is our king. ♫

If college-level Quidditch isn't for you, there's no need to permanently hang up your broom! Quidditch beer pong guidelines have been flying around the Internet for years, but if you're as un-crafty as I am, setting up your very own pitch just got a lot easier.

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Things We Saw Today: The Making of Game of Thrones‘s Dragons

My BABIES.

Contrary to popular belief, video effects reactors Pixomodo did not hatch a set of eggs in a funeral pyre to create the dragons we see on Game of Thrones every season. They did this instead.

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Mudbloods Director Farzard Sangari and Chaser Ali Cottong Talk About Real-Life Quidditch

Brooms up!

If you haven't heard of Mudbloods, don't let the title fool you—it's a surprisingly heartfelt and fascinating look into the world of collegiate-level Quidditch, which is a real sport that has nothing to do with magic. Our review of the documentary went up on Wednesday, but we also got the chance to speak with both the director Farzad Sangari and one of the former UCLA players, Ali Cottong, about the world they tried to capture together on film.

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Review: Mudbloods Documentary Shows You An Amazing New Side to Quidditch

Brooms up!

A whole generation of Harry Potter fans can probably still remember the heartbreak they felt in childhood upon realizing that Hogwarts isn't real and they weren't going to get sent a letter in the mail informing them of their supernatural wizarding powers. There are ways to pretend otherwise, of course, but only one such method involves running, jumping, and brutally body checking your opponents as a crowd of onlookers cheer for you. Ladies and gentlemuggles: welcome to Quidditch.

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Trailer for Mudbloods Documentary Looks Deeper Into the Phenomenon That Is Real-Life Quidditch

Accio awesomeness!

A new documentary called Mudbloods by former UCLA film student Farzad Sangari digs deeper into the quickly growing phenomenon that is quidditch IRL.

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J.K. Rowling Published New Harry Potter-Universe Content Online Today

It's lev-i-O-sa!

Surprise! While J.K. Rowling is busy promoting her new book series, she secretly finished History of the Quidditch World Cup. And she just published the first half online for free. You should be able to read it here but it seems Pottermore has been overloaded. I'm not surprised. You may recall Warner Bros was able to convince the offer to continue the Harry Potter juggernaut on the big screen with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (she's also working on an HP prequel for the London stage). I wonder if this story will be next? Either way, part 2 of History of the Quidditch World Cup will be published on Pottermore on Friday, March 21. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Things We Saw Today: Pretend Quidditch

Things We Saw Today

You know that meme that's been making the rounds of Japanese children doing Dragon Ball Z-type moves? Well, we've moved onto Quidditch. Best idea ever. (via Kotaku

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Harry Potter and the Custom Quidditch Kit Marriage Proposal

There's An Apparate For That

Rachel was introduced to Harry Potter by her girlfriend, Jaquie, so she knew that when she wanted to pop the question, she'd be doing it in a certain style. Quidditch style, that is, with a custom made Quidditch set, complete with an openable-snitch containing an engagement ring. You can read the story of the proposal over at Custom Made, but click on for more pictures of the set.

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This Necklace is Quidditch, Your Argument is Invalid

Not all that glitters is gold

Three rings, two bludgers, a quaffle, a broom, and a golden snitch. That's a game of quidditch. Previously in Jewelry

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This Is How Hogwarts Students Get Drunk – Quidditch Beer Pong

There's An Apparate For That

Yeah, that's right - Quidditch beer pong. Yeah, that's right - Snitch for last cup. Yeah, that's right - THERE ARE RULES. Bring on the butterbeer. (via The FW) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Things We Saw Today: Super Ladies in Sweaters, Now on Postcards

Things We Saw Today

Hanie Mohd is back again with her lovely DC Ladies In Sweaters series. Send these to your friends, or anyone else who needs a postcard of awesome women superheros (doesn't everyone, though?). (via Etsy.)

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Check Out These Olympic Quidditch Jerseys – Yes, That’s Right, I Said Olympic Quidditch

There's An Apparate For That

There are many obscure sports in the Olympics both Summer and Winter, and many more lobbying to be included in the games. Quidditch (which, if you're new to the site, is the real life sport adapted from the fictional one played by witches and wizards in the Harry Potter series that replaces flying broomsticks with running with a broomstick between your legs, and a small flying ball that actively evades and hides from the player trying to catch it with an actual person running and hiding from other players) is not likely to be one of the sports accepted into the Olympic games any time soon, not least because of its niche appeal and comparative youth. However, the home of this summer's Olympic Games is England, which is also the home of the Harry Potter series, and so it should come as absolutely no surprise that the International Quidditch Association is planning an international Quidditch Exposition for the days in which the Olympic torch relay passes through Oxford, with teams of exemplary players chosen from four countries: America, France, Australia, and the United Kingdom. And, you can buy the jersey of the team of your choice, and they look pretty freakin' rad.

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Will Quidditch Make An Appearance At The London Olympics?

This is just like magic!

They may not fly on their broomsticks but Muggles have been holding regular Quidditch tournaments since 2005. Based on the game Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling created, Muggle Quidditch is as serious as any sport for its competitors and even culminates in a Quidditch World Cup each year. Now, commissioner of the International Quidditch Association, Alex Benepe, is arranging a match to take place at the 2012 London Olympics. Can you imagine how many Portkeys they're going to need? 

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Quidditch World Cup 2011 This Weekend In NYC

This is just like magic!

Remember how thrilling it was to read about the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? Did you know that since 2005, Harry Potter fans have modified J. K. Rowling's magic game  so that Muggles could enjoy it? Regular tournaments are held all over the US and Canada on a weekly basis but this weekend, 95 teams descend upon Randall's Island in New York for a two-day tournament marking the end of the quidditch season. Get your Sonorus spells ready to cheer on your favorites!

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Muggle Quidditch Is Struggling With Gender Equality

this exists

You might not expect a real-life game based on a fictional game in a fantasy book series would be dealing with real-life issues such as gender equality, but it is. Muggle Quidditch leagues are, apparently, dealing with a new ruling that states that every team must have a 4:3 ratio of male players to female and vice versa, and some are not dealing with it well. This is a bit surprising for two reasons: 1. Quidditch was always co-ed in the Harry Potter books and movies, placing absolutely no preference on males over females and regularly featuring female team captains and players in all the same positions, making a very clear statement that boys and girls are equally skilled and respected in Quidditch. 2. This game came from a book about a boy wizard.

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8 Real-Life Things That Harry Potter Fans Have Wrought

Power Grid

With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 being released later this week, effectively putting an end to the franchise itself (until the BBC miniseries in 2024, of course), we thought we’d take a look at the group of fans who prove that even when Warner Bros. have stopped making billions off of it, the Potter legacy will live on.

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