If in some point of your life you have ever come across anything related to J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter you might also recognize the word mudblood. It refers to regular people performing magical acts. And in some way that describes perfectly what this documentary is about. Regular college kids playing the magical game of Quidditch.
The books about Harry Potter were a huge success and left behind a world of enthusiastic fans with great imagination. Hawaii Internation Film Festival embraced this and held a free screening of Mudbloods at the IBM Building Courtyard in Ward Village, Honolulu. It was not truly magical screening. Before the movie there was a jelly bean competition, a very popular form of candy from the books. Contestants had to pick a bean, eat it, and then guess what it was supposed to taste. The audience were treated to some really nice facial expressions as the contestants tried everything from soap to earwax. They even served pumpkin juice to those who were thirsty. In case you did not know that is the orange juice of the magical community. The screening was introduced by the director himself, Farzad Sangari, who also stayed to answer questions after the screening.
In the film we get to follow the Quidditch team at UCLA and their road to the world cup in New York. It tells a compelling story about how hard it can be to be accepted for what you do and all the prejudice that you meet along the way. But at the same time it stresses that it is still Harry Potter and it is still not too serious. All though emotions get pretty heavy around the world cup.
One thing a believe struck everyone in the audience is how much fun they had and how it did not seem as silly as one could imagine. Two teams running around with broomsticks and throwing balls through hoops might seem pretty odd at first. But they managed to turn it in to playable sport and after having seen Mudbloods I would say that they managed to turn it in to not just something playable but also something that is fun to watch.
Check out the clips below for highlights from the screening and the trailer for the documentary.