Taking a page from Hermione Granger’s Society for Protection of Elvish Welfare, a grassroots organization of Harry Potter superfans, the Harry Potter Alliance, have been been fighting a four-year war against their own Voldemort — except in this case, Voldemort is Warner Bros., the movie studio that owns the rights to their beloved four-eyed hero. But after a four-year campaign, the HPA has finally succeeded in winning its longest battle yet: to get Warner Bros. to stop working with vendors who use child labor in the production of Harry Potter-branded chocolate. Keep reading »
Have you ever found yourself blowing off studying because it’s an ABC Family Harry Potter weekend and you haven’t seen the second half of the fifth movie in like forever? What if you could combine your love of the boy who lived and your desire to graduate before you hit thirty? For students at California State San Marcus, that dream shared only through Tumblr in the middle of the night can come true. The college is now offering a Potter themed study abroad trip to the land of Rowling. Read more on College Candy…
We’ve all seen wizards playing quidditch on broomsticks in the “Harry Potter” films, but these days, quidditch is a very real sport on college campuses across the world. The new documentary “Mudbloods” explores the root of the sport’s growth from a fantasy on a book page to a real-life hobby with its own World Cup. In the film, we meet quidditch heroes like Alex Benepe, commissioner of the International Quidditch Association, Tom Marks, the lovable captain of the UCLA quidditch team, and Katie Aiani, a “Harry Potter” super fan. As viewers follow the UCLA team on their journey to the World Cup, we learn that quidditch is about so much more than athletics. Quidditch has created an earnest, inclusive community that encourages fans of all stripes to join in on the fun – the kind of people that we all wish we could be friends with. Whether you’re an epic “Harry Potter” fan or just love a good underdog story, you’ll fall in love with these big-hearted players. After the jump, my discussion with director Farzad Sangari and Ali Cottong, one of the UCLA quidditch players featured in the film.
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As if we didn’t already love J.K. Rowling enough, the Harry Potter author has gone and reminded us why we adore her so. Keep reading »
Quidditch isn’t just played in “Harry Potter” — it’s become a real-life sport on college campuses all over the U.S. “Mudbloods,” a documentary hitting limited theaters and On Demand in October, will explore the intense subculture that compels people to run around on a field with a broom between their legs at a competitive level. The filmmakers will follow the determined UCLA Quidditch team as they try to make it to the Quidditch World Cup (an actual thing!) in New York City. From the looks of it, quidditch is tough, and the players’ happy attitudes are what get them through. The movie looks totally intriguing and oddly inspirational. [io9]