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Disastrous Opening Ceremony Leads to Questions about Quidditch World Cup Security


“You would need the brains of a Billywig not to foresee an immediate bloodbath if both were crammed tightly together in tepid, brackish water.”
-- Magizoologist Rolf Scamander's comments to the Daily Prophet, 12 April 2014 (Pm)

Disastrous Opening Ceremony Leads to Questions about Quidditch World Cup Security

Article appearing in the Daily Prophet on 12 April 2014 (Pm).

Inadequate research and planning by the Argentinian Council of Magic before the 2014 Quidditch World Cup tournament meant that the "magnificent exhibition of the diversity of the magizoological world" degenerated into a bloodbath of fighting between opposing teams’ incompatible mascots. More than 300 crowd members were injured by crazed or attacking creatures, which included Dukuwaqa (Fiji), Selma (Norway), Curupira (Brazil),Sasabonsam (Nigeria) and Inferi (Haiti) (Pm).

Notes and interesting facts (Pm):

  • The Haitians felt that Inferi would make good mascots....
  • Angry fans tried to jinx Norway's Seeker during their first match in retaliation for the attack on other mascots by the Selma.
  • The Selma itself was later blamed by the Norwegian fans for their team's poor performance on the Quidditch pitch.
  • A team mascot bite influenced the outcome of the USA v Jamaica fixture.
  • 10,000 Portkeys were needed to transport the spectators to the Opening Ceremony.



In spite of being partly to blame for the ill-fated team mascot event, the Argentinian Council of Magic was still able to hold the first match of the tournament the following day.

From the Web

Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore:

Screenshots of the original Daily Prophet coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore: http://imgur.com/a/AXutv

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