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Quidditch Through the Ages

Chapter Eight:
The Spread of Quidditch Worldwide

Synopsis and links by Michele L. Worley
Notes by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley

First US edition: pages 38 - 46

In which the history of Quidditch on various continents is discussed.

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

This chapter is the source of much of the Lexicon's information about Quidditch teams outside Britain.

GRENOUILLE: I cannot go with you to the market today, Crapaud.
CRAPAUD: But Grenouille, I cannot carry the cow alone.

"Grenouille" is French for "frog", while "crapaud" means "toad". Frog and Toad are the main characters in Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad stories, written for children just learning to read.

Malecrit, the name of the "French wizard" who wrote the play in which those characters appear, translates as "badly written".

Characters introduced in this chapter:

Characters returning in this chapter:

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

  • unnamed captain of the Transylvanian team, released a flock of a hundred blood-sucking vampire bats from beneath his/her robes during the 1473 Quidditch World Cup

  • unnamed Chaser (Flemish or Transylvanian), transfigured into a polecat during the 1473 Quidditch World Cup

  • unnamed herbologists (both witches and wizards), travelled to New Zealand in the seventeenth century to research magical plants and fungi

  • unnamed Keeper (Flemish or Transylvanian), whom another player attempted to decapitate with a broadsword during the 1473 Quidditch World Cup

  • unnamed members of a Quidditch team from Cork, Ireland, in 1385

  • unnamed members of a Quidditch team from a village in Lancashire, in 1385

  • unnamed Quidditch spectators forming a mob in a village in Lancashire, in 1385

Settings and locations:

Exceptional character moments:

  • Abraham Peasgood's reaction to having his Quaffle explode soon after emigrating to the Americas was to invent the game of Quodpot.


Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • none

Strictly British:

  • none

Timeline/Calendar of the Chapter:

  • 1385
    An Irish team from Cork soundly defeated a Lancashire team in Lancashire, and had to flee the village afterward.

  • Early 1400s
    Ingolfr the Iambic, a poet in Norway, wrote a verse about pursuing the Snitch.

    About the same time, the French wizard Malecrit was writing his play "Hélas, Je me suis Transfiguré Les Pieds", in which one of the performers is a Keeper.

  • 1473
    First ever Quidditch World Cup.

  • 1601 - 1700 (seventeenth century)
    At some point in this time period, non-European teams began to compete in the Quidditch World Cup (presumably not long before 1652, see below).

  • 1601 - 1700 (seventeenth century)
    Quidditch reached North America in the early part of the seventeenth century.

  • 1601 - 1700 (seventeenth century)
    Quidditch was introduced to New Zealand, inspiring Maori artists to depict matches.

  • 1652
    The European Cup was established.

  • 1701 - 1800 (eighteenth century)
    Quidditch was introduced to Australia.

  • 1701 - 1800 (eighteenth century)
    Abraham Peasegood invented Quodpot after emigrating to the United States.

  • 1970s
    The Moose Jaw Meteorites were threatened with disbandment owing to post-match antics.

  • 1986
    The Patonga Proudsticks held the Montrose Magpies to a draw.

  • 1993
    The Sweetwater All-Stars defeated the Quiberon Quafflepunchers.

  • 1994
    The Toyohashi Tengu was narrowly defeated by the Gorodok Gargoyles.


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