Quidditch World Cup

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The Quidditch World Cup is an international league where each nation participating competes by playing Quidditch. The Quidditch World Cup has been held every four years since 1473.


[edit] Recorded World Cups

[edit] 1473 Quidditch World Cup

The first ever Quidditch World Cup was in 1473, though actually all the nations that attended were European. The final was contested between Flanders and Transylvania. During the match, all 700 known fouls were committed[1] (and several new ones subsequently created), including the Transfiguration of a Chaser into polecat, the attempted decapitation of a Keeper with a broadsword, and the release of a hundred vampire bats from underneath the robes of the Transylvanian Captain.[2]

[edit] 1994 Quidditch World Cup

Ireland flattened Peru in the semi-finals to set up a meeting with Bulgaria. The British nations didn't fare well; England were beaten 390 to 10 by Transylvania, Scotland lost to Luxembourg, and Wales lost to Uganda.[3]

The 422nd Quidditch World Cup final was held on 22 August, 1994 in England, between Ireland and Bulgaria. Ireland wore green robes with each player's name embroidered in silver on their back. They call flew Firebolt broomsticks and Leprechauns served as the team's mascots. Veela were Bulgaria's mascots and they played in robes of scarlet. Irish Chaser, Troy scored the first goal of the match. After another two Irish goals, Ivanova registered Bulgaria's opening score. Then Ireland's Seeker Aidan Lynch was fooled by Viktor Krum's Wronski Feint, but managed to continue play after the aid of some mediwizards. Fifteen minutes later Ireland had stretched their lead to 130-10, when their Chaser Mullet was fouled by the Bulgarian Keeper, Zograf, and was awarded a penalty. This led to anarchy, with another penalty being awarded to Ireland and referee Hassan Mostafa being distracted by the Veela. Quigley sent a Bludger towards Krum which broke his nose. Lynch then spotted the Snitch, but was beaten in the race for it by Krum. Despite this, Ireland still ran out the victors. The final score was 170-160. The Irish team performed a lap of honour before being presented with the Quidditch World Cup in the stadium's Top Box (Lynch had to be supported by Moran and Connolly).[4]

[edit] Known competing teams

  • Bulgaria (runners-up in 1994)
  • England
  • Flanders
  • Ireland (tournament winners in 1994)
  • Luxembourg
  • Peru (semi-finalists in 1994)
  • Scotland
  • Transylvania
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Wales
  • India
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • United States

[edit] Riot

Shortly after the final match at the World Cup, a riot broke out as Death Eaters began attacking the tents of wizards and witches as well as a Muggle family. They levitated, tormented, and humiliated Mr. and Mrs. Roberts. Various Ministry officials such as Arthur Weasley tried to help the Muggles.

In the chaos that erupted, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley ended up wandering in the woods, where they ran into Draco Malfoy. He taunted them over the fact that the Death Eaters would target a Muggle-born like Hermione if they found her. Also during this time, Barty Crouch Jr. managed to break out of his father's Imperius Curse, steal Harry's wand, and cast Morsmordre. When the Death Eaters spotted the Dark Mark in the sky, they fled, something Lord Voldemort scorned them for upon his return in the following year.

[edit] Behind the scenes

  • The mathematics relating to the Quidditch World Cup are contradictory. If the Cup is held every four years and Harry is attending the 422nd match, it should have started in 310 rather than 1473. It is perhaps possible that early in the origins of the Cup, the competition was played more often than every four years. If this is the case, it seems that the Quidditch World Cup could possibly have been held annually until 1862 (the 389th World Cup), after which it was held every four years, correctly placing the 422nd Quidditch World Cup in 1994. But calculated correctly, beginning in 1473 and occuring every four years, the World Cup Harry attended should be the 131st, and it should have been held in the summer of 1993, before he began his third year at Hogwarts.
    • Furthermore Mrs. Weasley mentions in her letter to Harry that "Britain hasn't hosted the Cup for thirty years"[5]. Although the Cup is supposedly held every four years, thirty is not a multiple of four. It is possible that Mrs. Weasley is making a generalization.
  • The Quidditch World Cup seems to corresponds to the muggle Football World Cup, which takes place every four years, is hosted by a different nation at each occurence, and has the best players from many countries participating in it. Furthermore, British nations frequently disappoint at this tournament, despite characteristic high hopes.
  • A wizard (Archie) attendant at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup declined 'male-appropriate' attire- thus high-lighting gender-role rules in Muggle culture.

[edit] Additionl Canon

[edit] The Games


[edit] The Films


Posters and Programmes from the 422en Quidditch cup






  • In the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry appears to support Bulgaria; however, in the book Harry, along with all the others, supports Ireland. and also, Ron appears to be wearing both colours (possibly as a split decision between the Irish "team" and the Bulgarian "seeker")



[edit] References

  1. J. K. Rowling, PS 11
  2. J. K. Rowling, QA 8
  3. J. K. Rowling, GoF 5
  4. J. K. Rowling, GoF 8
  5. J. K. Rowling, GoF 3