The Quidditch World Cup
Quidditch Tournament information




Fixtures v each team



Different country every four years


Gold with a rotating globe on top


Ireland (1994)

Behind the scenes
First appearance

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Mentioned only)

Latest appearance

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Daily Prophet)

The Quidditch World Cup (also called the World Cup or World Championship)[1] has been held every four years since 1473. The competition sees Quidditch teams representing countries around the world compete for the World Cup.

Recorded World CupsEdit

14th centuryEdit

Only European teams competed in the tournament.


This was the first ever Quidditch World Cup. Only European teams participated. The final was contested between Flanders and Transylvania. During the match, all 700 known fouls were committed (and several new ones subsequently created), including the Transfiguration of a Chaser into a 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]

Known ParticipantsEdit

15th centuryEdit

Only European teams competed in the tournament.

16th centuryEdit

Only European teams competed in the tournament.

17th centuryEdit

Non-European teams compete in the tournament for the first time.[2]

20th centuryEdit

Argentina and Brazil reached the quarter finals.[2]


Britain hosted the World Cup in either 1962 or 1966.[3]


The American National Quidditch team participated in the Quidditch World Cup. Maximus Brankovitch III was their captain and Seeker.


Canada's Quidditch team wins the World Cup. A bitter disappointment for Scotland, whose Seeker Hector Lamont missed catching the Snitch by millimeters. In a post-match interview, Hector famously lambasted his father (‘Stubby’ Lamont) for not giving him longer fingers.


The 422nd World Cup was organised by the International Quidditch Association. Its official sponsors were Butterbeer, Pumpkin juice, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Nimbus 2001.[4]

Ireland flattened Peru in the semi-finals to set up a meeting with Bulgaria. The Bulgarians had won the last twelve Eastern European Championship and had a "rock solid defence". Ireland were another defensively strong team, but they also managed to score as many points as nearly every team in the World Cup.[4]

The British nations didn't fare well; England were beaten 390 to 10 by Transylvania, Scotland lost to Luxembourg, and Wales lost to Uganda.[5]


The stadium built for the 422nd World Cup took a Ministry of Magic task force a year to construct, and could hold one hundred thousand spectators.[4]

The 422nd Quidditch World Cup final was held on 22 August, 1994 in England, between Ireland and Bulgaria. Ludovic Bagman provided the match commentary. Ireland wore green robes with each player's name embroidered in silver on their back. They all 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).[6]


Draco: "Granger, they’re after Muggles. D’you want to be showing off your knickers in midair? Because if you do, hang around…they’re moving this way, and it would give us all a laugh."
Harry: "Hermione’s a witch."
Draco: "Have it your own way, Potter. If you think they can’t spot a Mudblood, stay where you are."
Draco Malfoy taunting the trio during the Death Eater riot[src]

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.


  • Transylvania defeated England, 390-10
  • Luxembourg defeated Scotland
  • Uganda defeated Wales
  • Semi-final: Ireland defeated Peru
  • Final: Ireland defeated Bulgaria, 170-160

Known participantsEdit


American National Team
Gianni Fedele (Captain) Debbie Muntz Robert Green
  Greg Ruczinski Troy Duvall  
Keeper Seeker
Ralph Heidelberger Ariel Singleton

Australian National Team
Matthew Echunga Maria Monteith Kenneth Hastings
  Kelly Whakkaarangapawarau Kylie Meadows  
Keeper Seeker
Jonny Nuhaka Lucy Karoonda

Bulgarian National Team
Vasily Dimitrov Clara Ivanova Alexei Levski
  Pyotr Vulchanov Ivan Volkov  
Keeper Seeker
Lev Zograf Viktor Krum

English National Team
Edric Vosper Avery Hawksworth Keaton Flitney
  Dawn Withey Indira Choudry  
Keeper Seeker
Denison Frisby Blythe Parkin

French National Team
Mathilde Mallard Josephine Marat Hildegarde Lafarge
  Alain Lacroix Ninon Saucet  
Keeper Seeker
Bastien Janvier Cybèle Peltier

German National Team
Kurt Todt Kursten Blijk Igor Brand
  Katrina von Glockenspieler Elena Eldritch  
Keeper Seeker
Hermann Wiel Konrad Weiss

Irish National Team
Mullet Troy Moran
  Connolly Quigley  
Keeper Seeker
Barry Ryan Aidan Lynch

Japanese National Team
Noriyuki Sato Yoshihiro Suzuki Ryotaro Tanaka
  Minaka Takahashi Keiko Takahashi  
Keeper Seeker
Tamotsu Iwamoto Shizuka Watanabe

Nordic National Team
Olaf Andersen Lorre Gustafson Peter Hansen
  Asgard Pettersson Asgeir Knutsen  
Keeper Seeker
Martin Helstrom Tina Lundstrom

Spanish National Team
Carmen Garcia Chavelle Arbelo Cartaya Ana de Lebron
  Vasco Santini Tiago Montoya  
Keeper Seeker
Sendelina Felino Iñigo Fuente Marrero


The Quibbler headline.[src]

During the Death Eater regime over Britain in 1997-1998, the Quidditch World Cup was reportedly cancelled. This resulted in a number of death threats directed to the British Ministry of Magic.[7] It's unknown if after the Battle of Hogwarts, the de-corrupted Ministry (now led by Kingsley Shacklebolt) still managed to organise the World Cup in time.


Behind the scenesEdit

  • 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 occurring 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, in chapter 3 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Mrs. Weasley mentions in her letter to Harry that "Britain hasn't hosted the Cup for thirty years". Although the Cup is supposedly held every four years, thirty is not a multiple of four. It is possible that Mrs. Weasley is meaning thirty times in every fourth year or has rounded for simplicity.
  • 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 occurrence, 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.
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry appears to support Bulgaria; however, in the book, Harry, along with all the others, supports Ireland. Also, Ron appears to be wearing both colours (possibly as a split decision between the Irish "team" and the Bulgarian "Seeker")
  • In the film adaptation, Fudge does the commentary instead of Bagman and Winky because their roles are omitted from the film version.
  • The actual World Cup match is not physically seen in the film adaptation of The Goblet of Fire.


Notes and referencesEdit

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.