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Harry Potter fans bid for Quidditch league

Students at the University of Nottingham want to establish a British Quidditch league based on the JK Rowling stories.

The sport is already popular in universities in the United States but has yet to be taken seriously in this country.

In the Harry Potter books the trainee wizards fly on broomsticks. In reality the Nottingham students hold a broom between their legs and throw a ball with their free arm.

Law student George Carter said: "I set up a Facebook group and was surprised by the interest. We've got 150 members.

"I think it's time it came over to these shores especially as Harry Potter is from Britain."

Warwick University is apparently keen to take on the University of Nottingham in a challenge match.

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