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The Quidditch World Cup

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"They'll be talking about this one for years."

- Ludo Bagman

GF8

The spectators take their seats, Harry meets Winky (house elf for Barty Crouch), the Malfoys, and Mr. Oblansk (the Bulgarian Minister for Magic). The pre-game show features the Bulgarian and Irish team mascots, followed by the introductions of the teams, and the game begins. Ireland takes an early lead and eventually wins despite repeated Bulgarian fouls and Krum catching the Snitch. Fred and George win their bet with Bagman.

Calendar and Dates

The entire chapter takes place on the day of the Quidditch World Cup - one week before the first day of term at Hogwarts.

Interesting facts and notes

'And now, please greet - the Irish National Quidditch Team!'

"The Irish Quidditch team players are all named after people I have known. 'Moran', 'Troy', and 'Quigley' are good friends." (JKR)

Exceptional character moments

Viktor Krum, who chose to catch the Snitch and end the match in a time and manner of his choosing. Compare this to Harry's feelings upon learning about Horcruxes for the first time.

Memorable lines

Ron pulled out his Omnioculars and started testing them, staring down into the crowd on the other side of the stadium. "Wild!" he said, twiddling the replay knob on the side. "I can make that old bloke down there pick his nose again... and again... and again...."

The crowd didn't want the veela to go. Harry was with them; he would, of course, be supporting Bulgaria, and he wondered vaguely why he had a large green shamrock pinned to his chest. Ron, meanwhile, was absent-mindedly shredding the shamrocks on his hat.

"And that, boys," yelled Mr. Weasley over the tumult of the crowd below, "is why you should never go for looks alone!"

"You can speak English!" said Fudge, sounding outraged. "And you've been letting me mime everything all day!" "Vell, it vos very funny," said the Bulgarian minister, shrugging.

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