A new sport is casting its spell on one north Texas high school.

At a time when budgets are tight, and districts are cutting, Keller students want Quidditch added to the roster. Yes, the same sport played in Harry Potter.

When you think of high school sports, you probably don't think of JK Rowling.

"People don't really grasp that it's a legit sport. But, everybody thinks, especially at Keller high school, that it's really cool," said Brooklyn George, on of the group's co-founders.

George and Kati Polaski asked Keller High School history teacher, David Clemmons, about creating a Quidditch club. He says it only took him a day to decide to sponsor it, along with another faculty advisor.

"I thought it would be fun. I knew that there were some really rabid Harry Potter fans in the school. So, we just decided to see if it would go," said Clemmons.

Now the club has 80 members and four teams. If you're a Harry Potter fan, you already know the names: Slytherine, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff.

"Where else can you play muggle Quidditch?" laughed George.

Now, the club want to see the sport sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League (UIL). That would make Quidditch the 14th official high school sport. It's a designation gymnastics, water polo, and lacrosse are still trying to get.

"{Quidditch}'s getting people who may not have played sports before to play sports, and be physically active," said Polaski.

It's basically the same game you see in the movies, with a few tweeks. First off, no flying. However, everyone has to 'ride' a broom. In other words, the can only handle the ball with one hand.

They use the same balls: the quaffle, the bludger, and the golden switch. But, part of the fun of the snitch is it's unpredictability. So, they strap it on a player. Tuesday, that was sophomore Brian Haywood.

"Our snitch is a person running around in all gold with a tennis ball in a sock tucked into a flag football belt," explained Polaski.

Then two 'chasers" try to catch him. You could probably say those three get the most cardio.

"It is pretty intense. A lot of times I feel scared and sick to my stomach," explained Haywood.

It's because of the intensity of the game, that the players want it recognized as an official high school sport.

"Mostly, we just play ourselves, although we've been ready for a year and a half to play other people.

Clemmons says it's difficult to schedule games against other schools when Quidditch isn't a UIL-sanctioned sport. Earlier this month, a group of the club's members went to Austin to talk with the UIL.

"We felt like it was kind of a long shot when we first started," said Clemmons.

The UIL didn't say yes, but it also didn't say no. If it's accepted, Texas would become the first state to recognize Quidditch as an official high school sport. Clemmons expects other clubs around the US would soon push for Quidditch in their states.

"The UIL committee just wants to know how many people in Texas are really interested in playing Quidditch," said Clemmons.

So, the members are running a petition drive to bring back to the UIL. They hope to get people from at least 200 Texas schools to sign.

"You know, this is an up-and-coming sport," said Polaski.

Mark Cousins, UIL athletic director, explained that new activities are voted on by the legislative council each year in October. However, a committee would have to approve it first. They base their decisions on how much support the activity has.

"Ultimately, that is something that'll be voted on by our superintendents, and will be dependent on the growth of the activity," explained Cousins.

Cousins said he hasn't heard anything about Quidditch being added to the list.