Tournament will run in the UK from May to August 2017

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A new Quidditch Premier League is set to launch in the UK for Harry Potter fans.

Quidditch is a sport invented by JK Rowling in her Potter books. In the books and films, players compete by trying to get balls through hoops while riding on flying broomsticks. A real-life version has become popular in recent years, with a Quidditch World Cup held biannually since 2005.

The UK Quidditch Premier League will launch next summer, consisting of eight teams. It will run from May to August 2017. Try-outs begin in April.

The eight teams involved in the league will each represent a different region of the country. The team names have been announced as: the London Monarchs, Southwest Broadside, Southeast Knights, Eastern Mermaids, Northern Watch, Yorkshire Roses, East Midland Archers and the West Midland Shredders.

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“The Quidditch Premier League is an exciting opportunity and development,” said director Jack Lennard. “It’s an opportunity for the sport to grow and gain prestige on a greater level nationally and internationally than ever before.”

“And most importantly, it’s an opportunity for more people in more places to find out about this incredible sport.”

A spokesperson for the league said: “The best 30 players will be chosen by that team’s manager, and they will form that team’s 2017 roster. 21 players from those 30 will be selected for each fixture, providing some flexibility and strategy, as well as allowances for fatigue over the course of the season.”

Meanwhile, Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them hits cinemas this week. Read the first reviews.