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"The only all-witch team currently playing in the Quidditch league have been attracting new fans every match."
-- from an article in the Daily Prophet (DP1)

Holyhead Harpies 

The Holyhead Harpies are a Quidditch team based on Anglesey in Wales, founded in 1203 (QA7).

robes: dark green with a golden talon on the chest (QA7)
home: Holyhead, North Wales

The Holyhead Harpies only hire witches on their team (QA7, DP1, Pm).

Widely considered to be "one of the finest games ever seen", the team's most famous victory was the 1953 defeat of the Heidelberg Harriers in an exciting seven-day match (QA7).

Team Members

Fans

  • Horace Slughorn is a fan of the Harpies and receives free tickets to matches from Gwenog Jones, who was a former member of his Slug Club at Hogwarts. (HBP4)
  • Ginny Weasley had a poster of Gwenog Jones on her bedroom wall in The Burrow (DH7, Pm).

Commentary

Etymology

In Greek mythology, a Harpy is a female monster with a bird shaped body and human face (Wikipedia).

Notes

Holyhead is a seaport city on the west side of the Island of Anglesey (Ynys Môn) in North Wales. It has two football teams listed in its Wikipedia entry, but no Quidditch team is mentioned (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 those events is 1992-1993.

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