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Nikola Vassileva

"....thrown to Vassileva — ouch! Even the Brazilians groaned in sympathy there as a Bludger hit Vassileva hard in the throat."
-- match commentary, Bulgaria v Brazil, 11 July 2014 (Pm)

Nikola Vassileva

Nikola Vassileva was a Chaser on Bulgaria’s National Team at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.

Vassileva and Chasers, Stoyanka Grozda and Bogomil Levski, were members of the Bulgarian side in the 2014 Quidditch World Cup (Pm).

  • They had quite an easy first match against New Zealand as Kiwi Chaser Dennis Moon was sent off after a collision with Levski (Pm).
  • They played only 42 minutes against Norway due to Seeker Viktor Krum's early catch of the Snitch (Pm).
  • The semi-final against Japan was a very difficult match but Bulgaria eventually won by 610 points to 460 (Pm).
  • Bulgaria were the winners of the tournament, beating Brazil by 170 points to 60. Vassileva scored the second of Bulgaria's two goals during the match (Pm).

Other canon notes and references

As his teammate Viktor Krum, born 1976, was the oldest player at the tournament (Pm), Vassileva must have been born after 1976.

Commentary

Etymology

A unisex form of NicholasNikola comes from the Greek Νικολαος (Nikolaos) "victory of the people", derived from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and λαος (laos) "people" (Behind the Name). In Bulgaria, Nicola is typically a masculine name; the feminine version is Nikol.
Vassileva (Bulgarian: Василева) means "daughter of Vasil", which comes from Basil and the Greek name Βασιλειος (Basileios) and βασιλευς (basileus) meaning "king" (Behind the Name).

Notes

Because Nikola is on the Bulgarian Quidditch team, we are making an assumption here that Nikola is a man, which is the Bulgarian usage. However, the name is originally Greek and is used for males and females in different cultures.

From the Web

Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore: History of the Quidditch World Cup

Screenshots of the Daily Prophet's coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup: http://imgur.com/a/AXutv

Pensieve (Comments)

  • rambel

    In Bulgaria Nikola is masculine name. Feminine Bulgarian form of this name is Nikol.

    • Thanks for letting us know! I’ll edit it right away.

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      • rambel

        In fact name and surname of this character contradict themselves, because name is masculine and surname feminine. In Daily Prophet’s reports as first appear surname, so we can assume this character is female. Therefore should be called Nikol Vassileva not Nikola Vassileva.

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