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Ballycastle Bats 

"To the jubilation of a packed crowd of black-clad Bat fans last night, Ballycastle beat League leaders, the Tornados...."
-- match report in the Daily Prophet (DP2)

Ballycastle Bats 

The Ballycastle Bats are a Quidditch team hailing from Ballycastle in Northern Ireland. They are considered to be Northern Ireland’s most celebrated team (QA7).

robes: black with scarlet bat on the chest
home: Ballycastle
mascot: Barny the Fruitbat (QA7, Pm)

The Bats won the Quidditch League twenty-seven times, making it the second most successful team in league history (QA7). Fans of the team usually wear black (DP2).

Their fruitbat mascot Barny appears in the advertisements for ButterbeerBatty says: I’m just batty about Butterbeer! (QA7, Pm).

Captain (1990s): Finbar Quigley (DP2).

The Bats beat league leaders, the Tutshill Tornados, following some suspicious Bludger work by team captain Quigley (DP2).

Commentary

Notes

Ballycastle, in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, has hurling and Gaelic football teams listed in its Wikipedia entry, and even mentions Quidditch (Wikipedia).

Although the dates printed on the Daily Prophet Newsletters are:

  • DP1: 31 July 1998,
  • DP2: 8 February 1999,
  • DP3: 1 June 1999 and
  • DP4: 1 October 1999,

the timeframe for these events is 1992-1993.

From the Web

Writing by J K Rowling on Pottermore: The Daily Prophet

Pottermore features:

Harry Potter Wiki: Ballycastle Bats

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