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"With panic in the stadium and blood now flowing freely from both humans and creatures, it was perhaps understandable that the Nigerian Sasabonsams (vampiric, spindle-legged creatures) became crazed. As they wreaked havoc upon crowd and organizers, the rumor that the Haitian team had brought Inferi as their mascots was proven true. The crowd stampeded as Inferi moved freely through the stadium, attempting to capture and devour anyone who tripped."
-- Daily Prophet, "Disastrous Opening Ceremony" Quidditch World Cup 2014 (Pm)

Sasabonsams are “vampiric, spindle-legged creatures” native to Nigeria.

  • The Nigerian National Quidditch team uses them as mascots.
  • At the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, the Sasabonsams became frenzied due to the spilled blood of other mascots and fans being attacked by Inferi (Pm).

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Etymology

Myths of the Sasabonsam, a vampire-like being, originated in West Africa.

Notes

Sasabonsams are vicious, blood-thirsty, uncontrollable creatures, so why would a Quidditch team choose them as mascots? Oh wait, it's Quidditch ...  witness this comment from Rowling's interview with Raincoast Books:

Q: What do you most like about Quidditch?
JKR: That would probably be the violence. (RC)

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"Sansabonsam" from Harry Potter Wiki

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