"....thrown to Vassileva — ouch! Even the Brazilians groaned in sympathy there as a Bludger hit Vassileva hard in the throat."
-- match commentary, Bulgaria vs Brazil, 11 July 2014 (Pm)
Other canon notes and references
A form of Nicholas, Nikola 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).
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. The surname Vassileva is in a female form, so the player's gender is confusing.
Lexicon list of Chasers
From the Web
Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore:
- History of the Quidditch World Cup
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup reports
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup final
- The Daily Prophet
Pottermore enhanced reading experience: Quidditch World Cup
Screenshots of the original Daily Prophet coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore: Imgur archive
Harry Potter Wiki: Nikola Vassileva