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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).

Team notes

robes: black with scarlet bat on the chest (QA7)

hometown: Ballycastle, Northern Ireland (QA7)

mascot: Barny the Fruitbat (QA7)

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


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).

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

While reading the book Flying with the Cannons, Harry Potter watches a photo of Cannons Beater Joey Jenkins hitting a Bludger at one of the Chasers on the Ballycastle Bats team (GF22).



Related images:

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

Lexicon map of Quidditch teams in Britain and Ireland

Lexicon list of British and Irish Quidditch teams

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.

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