To steer, they simply lean in the direction they wish to travel. While it takes a bit of practice at first, the broomsticks, which can reach top speeds of 37 mph, are useful for day-to-day urban living, they say. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli
So far, the brooms for Muggles - non-magic people - are largely limited to personal use, but Russo and Sanctus have plans to market and sell the broomsticks, which cost about 4,000 reais ($740) each.
In the famously traffic-choked streets of Brazilian megalopolis Sao Paulo, two men have invented a novel way of getting from point A to B - and they are raising a lot of eyebrows in the process. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli
On a recent Saturday, Vinícius Sanctus, 39, and Alessandro Russo, 28, could be seen coasting down the Sao Paulo's main thoroughfares on a pair of broomsticks, each one attached to a single motorized wheel.
"Actually, I tell my friends that now I only go to the bakery using my broom. But it's not a joke. I actually do that," said Russo, whose waistcoat and golden tie would not be out of place at Hogwarts, the school of magic attended by Potter.
"Our final goal is to sell the brooms to the world and maybe create a new variation of Quidditch," said Russo. "And it'll look a lot like the one played in the Harry Potter movies." REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli
Friends Vinicius Sanctus and Alessandro Russo ride electric monowheels called 'nuvem' (cloud) inspired by the Harry Potter series, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli