When it comes to fandom, there may be no property more ardently beloved than 'Harry Potter' -- at least by those who grew up with the slew of books, films, and merchandise that hallmark the franchise. Given its immense impact on devotees, it's no surprise that J.K. Rowling's wizarding world has spawned no end of fan-created follow-up works, including everything from fan fiction to real world theme parks. And so it is with 'Mudbloods,' a new documentary from director Farzad Nikbakht that follows the translation of Quidditch -- the popular Potter sport played on flying broomsticks -- from pages in a book to players on the field.
Though "real world" Quidditch is played on the ground (though still on broomsticks), 'Mudbloods' follows the frenetic action of the game in such a way that the field almost falls away, showcasing players who seem to truly fly in pursuit of their World-Cup-winning dreams. It's a 'Harry Potter' story of the best kind but the greatest aspect is that -- for once -- it isn't all about Harry.
The documentary follows a UCLA-based team of players competing hard to take the top spot in the collegiate-level finals. And while Quidditch as a real life sport seems comical at first, the game quickly proves itself to be just as physical and fun as any other athletic past time sports fanatics enjoy. The film does a great job of balancing the fan-love aspects of Potter with the fast paced action and excitement of sports, pleasing enthusiasts of either (or both!) in its surprisingly touching look at a world of would-be broomstick heroes.
'Mudbloods' is currently available in limited release and on VOD. Check out the film and if you enjoy watching all the Quidditch action, look for a local team near you!
Review by Brad Harris, 10/19/14