"Brevis Birch, meanwhile, blamed the Tornados' narrow defeat on a bout of sleeping sickness...."
-- match report in the Daily Prophet (DP2)
Brevis is the Latin word for "short" (Wikipedia).
Birch is an English surname, may come from a place called Birch in Essex, which is derived from Old English bryce meaning "breaking, agricultural land" or birce meaning "birch trees" (Internet Surname Database).
Sleeping sickness, also known as African trypanosomiasis, is transmitted by the tsetse fly and more or less impossible to contract outside of sub-Saharan Africa (Wikipedia). -BB
Although the date printed on the second Daily Prophet Newsletter (DP2) is 8 February 1999, the timeframe for this event is 1992-1993.
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