Brazilian duo glide through Sao Paulo streets with broomsticks for Muggles


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SAO PAULO (Reuters) – On the famous crowded streets of the Brazilian megalopolis of Sao Paulo, two men have invented a new way to get from point A to point B – and they raise a lot of eyebrows in the process.

On a recent Saturday, Vinícius Sanctus, 39, and Alessandro Russo, 28, could be seen hurtling down the city’s main arteries on a pair of brooms, each attached to a single motorized wheel.

In motion, the contraptions look eerily like the brooms used by witches and wizards of the Harry Potter universe, depicted in the famous books by British author JK Rowling and later depicted in a series of blockbuster films.

To steer, the duo simply lean in the direction they wish to travel. While it takes a bit of practice at first, the brooms, which can reach top speeds of 60 kilometers per hour (37 mph), are useful for everyday city life, they say.

“In fact, I tell my friends that now I only go to the bakery with my broom. But this is not a joke. I actually do that, ”said Russo, whose waistcoat and golden tie wouldn’t be out of place at Hogwarts, the school of wizarding Potter attended. “I use my broom for transportation these days. And it’s so much fun.

So far, Muggle’s brooms – non-magical people – have largely been limited to personal use, but Russo and Sanctus plan to market and sell the brooms, which cost around 4,000 reais ($ 740) each. Hopefully, they say, people can play a game using the brooms that closely resemble Quidditch, the dominant sport in Rowling’s wizarding universe.

“Our end goal is to sell the brooms to the world and maybe create a new variant of Quidditch,” Russo said. “And it will look a lot like the one played in the Harry Potter movies.”

Reporting by Leonardo Benassatto; Writing by Gram Slattery; Edited by Rosalba O’Brien

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