So who won the 1966 Quidditch World Cup?
According to Rowling’s history of the event on Pottermore, it was Australia:
In 1971 the ICWQC appointed a new International Director, Australian wizard Royston Idlewind. An ex-player who had been part of his country’s World Cup-winning team of 1966, he was nevertheless a contentious choice for International Director due to his hard-line views on crowd control …
However, according to the list of Ministers for Magic, it was England:
First Muggle-born Minister for Magic, his appointment caused consternation among the old (pure-blood) guard, many of whom resigned governmental posts in protest Has always denied having anything to do with England’s 1966 World Cup Win. Left office after contracting mysterious illness (conspiracy theories abound).
Of course, the reference for Leach may be talking about just a lesser win in one of the matches of the tournament but not winning the Cup Final.
Yeah, we’re going with that.
UPDATE: The answer to this confusion is easily sorted out. Neil Ward, an old friend of mine from the early days of Potter fandom and author of several essays here on the Lexicon, posted on Facebook in response:
The second reference is to the Muggle football World Cup, which was won by England in 1966.
He goes on to say:
Incidentally, the name Nobby may be a nod to Nobby Stiles, who was a famous football player of that era and part of England’s 1966 squad.
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the match in question:
England pressed forward and created several chances. In particular, with five minutes gone, Bobby Charlton struck the post and sent another shot just wide. With 11 minutes of extra time gone, Alan Ball put in a cross and Geoff Hurst swivelled and shot from close range. The ball hit the underside of the cross bar, bounced down – on the line – and was cleared. The referee Gottfried Dienst was uncertain if it had been a goal and consulted his linesman, Tofiq Bahramov from the Azerbaijan , who in a moment of drama indicated that it was. After non-verbal communication, as they had no common language, the Swiss referee awarded the goal to the home team. The crowd and the audience of 400 million television viewers were left arguing whether the goal should have been given or not.
England’s third goal has remained controversial ever since the match. According to the Laws of the Game the definition of a goal is when “the whole of the ball passes over the goal line”
So there’s my nerdy US-centric non-sports upbringing coming through. It never occurred to me that there is more than one “World Cup”, and the only other “Nobby” I’ve ever heard of is a character in Discworld.