Gazetteer of the Wizarding World
Diagon Alley - London - England - United Kingdom
Location: Map of Diagon Alley
"Tuesday. Hot. That lot from across the marsh have been at it again. Playing a stupid game on their broomsticks. A big leather ball landed in my cabbages." - Gertie Keddle, 11th Century (QA3).
Eight hundred years ago, a group of witches and wizards used an damp stretch of nettle-filled ground called Queerditch Marsh as a place to play a new game they had invented. This game involved broomsticks and a "big leather ball." Soon they added a couple of heavy rocks, bewitched to try to knock players off their brooms. The whole business was observed by a witch named Gertie Keddle who wrote about what she saw, in badly spelled Saxon, in her diary.
Over the centuries that followed, the sport evolved and changed, and though the spelling of its name changed, it was always a homage to its birthplace. Eventually "Queerditch" became "Quidditch" and all but took over the wizarding world (QA3, QA6). Queerditch Marsh itself has since been made Unplottable (RC), and Gertie Keddle's diary is now in the Museum of Quidditch in London (QA3).
France - Europe
Location: Map of European Quidditch Teams
Quidditch-related places can mean any number of things, but here are some of the big ones:
The six stadiums we know of by name, all set on deserted moors
There are over 40 cities and a dozen countries specifically mentioned as having Quidditch teams; this link will take you to a list by continent.
Historical Quidditch sites:
- Kent, where the Golden Snidget was first used in a game
- The Modesty Rabnott Golden Snidget Reservation, set up to protect the birds
- New Zealand, where seventeenth-century Maori art depicts Quidditch matches
- Norway, where verses were being written about the sport in the 1400s
- Queerditch Marsh, where the game was first invented
- Yorkshire, where the game was being played by the twelfth century
Miscellaneous Quidditch-related places:
We specifically know of six Quidditch stadiums in Britain (more...)
"Everything was suffused with a mysterious golden light, which seemed to come from the stadium itself...." (GF8)