“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)
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).
- 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:
- History of the Quidditch World Cup
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup reports
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup final
Pottermore enhanced reading experience: Quidditch World Cup
Screenshots of the original Daily Prophet coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore: http://imgur.com/a/AXutv