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Grab your broomsticks, there's now a Quidditch Premier League in the UK

Ellie Walker-Arnott

Forget football, the UK now has a Quidditch Premier League. And, yes, we are talking about that sport on broomsticks off of Harry Potter. 

Quidditch has come a long way from JK Rowling's wizarding world. Obviously the rules have been adapted somewhat to get around the whole not-being-able-to-fly thing, but it's now a real-life competitive sport played by thousands of people around the world. The sport is mixed-gender and full-contact (broken noses, we hear, aren't uncommon). There's a World cup and everything (Australia won this year, if you're interested). 

Now, because of its popularity in the UK, the Quidditch Premier League has been established, with eight teams competing to top the table.

The London Monarchs will represent the capital in the national championships, alongside Southwest Broadside, Southeast Knights, Eastern Mermaids, Northern Watch, Yorkshire Roses, East Midland Archers and the West Midland Shredders. The teams themselves are open to any player in the UK, so grab your broomstick and get training. 

Just a couple of words of advice: don't turn up with an actual broom - Quidditch players use PVC pipes instead - and don't draw a lightning bolt on your forehead either. It's not the done thing. 

London is currently home to two Quidditch teams: London Unspeakables and The Werewolves of London. Click the links to find out more.  

In other news, Eddie Redmayne and JK Rowling are walking the red carpet in London's Leicester Square tonight for the European premiere of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

And former Harry Potter star Emma Watson is shaking up Disney princess Belle


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