Quidditch isn't just for the magical folk.
The sport made up and made famous by the "Harry Potter" series is now a recognized and regulated sport in the United Kingdom with the Quidditch Premier League's (QPL) launch Tuesday morning.
Dreamed up by author J.K. Rowling, quidditch is a mish-mash of soccer, basketball and rugby, but played while flying through the air on a broomstick and avoiding a nasty knockout by a bludger. Its "muggle" — that's nonmagical, for anyone not in the know — version was created in 2005 in Vermont by a pair of college students, and now its played around the world in local and collegiate leagues. Instead of flying, players run around a field with a broomstick between their legs, but still dodge those "nasty little buggers."
The QPL organizes its leagues by geographic region, namely North and South. Some teams include the Eastern Mermaids, the Southeast Knights, the Yorkshire Roses and the West Midland Revolution.
Teams will hold tryouts for 30 slots on its roster for the 2017 season, according to QPL's website, though only seven people can be on the pitch per team during gameplay. And no more than four players of the same gender can be on the pitch at any given time to ensure the game is mixed gender. That inclusiveness prompted Vice to dub the game "the world's most progressive sport."