Minneapolis to get major league Quidditch team

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP)- Minneapolis will soon be home to a major league Quidditch team. The sport was inspired by the “Harry Potter” book series and is gaining popularity among Muggles around the world.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that the Major League Quidditch expansion team in Minneapolis will hold tryouts in April.

Quidditch began as an intramural sport at a handful of high schools and colleges. More than 500 teams in 39 countries are now trying to emulate the fictional magical sport.

Players run around with poles instead of brooms between their legs while they try to score with a volleyball “quaffle,” avoid dodgeball “bludgers” and catch a person acting as the “golden snitch.”

Luke Zak founded the University of Minnesota’s Quidditch team. He calls it a “full contact, mixed-gender sport on brooms.”