“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 (QWC)
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.
It is noted that the Haitians felt that Inferi would make good mascots….
10,000 Portkeys were needed to transport the spectators to the Opening Ceremony (QWC).
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 (QWC).
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.
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