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"A display from the team mascots will precede the match."
"Oh that's always worth watching. National teams bring creatures from their native land, you know, to put on a bit of a show."
-- Hermione Granger and Mr Weasley (GF8)

"A magnificent exhibition of the diversity of the magizoological world"
-- description of the mascot-themed opening ceremony of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup - before the bloodbath (Pm)

Quidditch Team Mascots

Team mascots are a traditional part of the game of Quidditch. At Quidditch World Cup tournaments, team mascots put on a display prior to the final match (GF8, Pm).

The competition between teams to bring exciting and/or dangerous mascots is intense. In 1995, the ICWQC put forward a motion to restrict the size and address safety concerns about mascots. However, this was defeated by a huge majority. No Quidditch supporters worldwide wanted this traditional part of the game to be altered (Pm).

Known team mascots:

  • augurey - Liechtenstein National Team mascot 2014 is "Hans the Augurey", who was famously abducted by some American team supporters (Pm)
  • bat - Ballycastle Bats have the Butterbeer icon "Barny the Fruitbat" as their mascot (QA7)
  • curupira - Brazilian National Team mascot 2014, whose antics delighted the crowd (Pm)
  • dragon - the Banchory Bangers tried to capture a Hebridean Black for their team mascot (QA5)
  • dukuwaqa - Fiji National Team mascot 2014 and contributor to the disaster of the Opening Ceremony (Pm)
  • hoo-hoo - Japanese National Team mascot 2014 (Pm)
  • inferi - Haiti National Team mascots 2014 and contributor to the disaster of the Opening Ceremony (Pm)
  • leprechauns - Ireland National Team mascots 1994 (GF8) and the mascot of the Kenmare Kestrels (QA7)
  • phoenix - Moutohora Macaws team mascot (New Zealand) is named "Sparky" (QA8)
  • river genie - Ivory Coast National Team mascot 2014, whose speciality is formation dancing over water (Pm)
  • sasabonsams - Nigerian National Team mascots 2014 and contributor to the disaster of the Opening Ceremony (Pm)
  • selma - Norwegian National Team mascot 2014 and contributor to the disaster of the Opening Ceremony (Pm)
  • troop of performing trolls - Norwegian National Team mascot prior to 2014 (Pm)
  • veela - Bulgarian National Team mascots 1994 and 2014, who are both beautiful and terrifying (GF8Pm)
  • yumbo - Senegal National Team mascots 1998, whose arrest almost caused their team to withdraw from the tournament (Pm)

Commentary

From the Web

Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore: History of the Quidditch World Cup

Screenshots of the Daily Prophet's coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup: http://imgur.com/a/AXutv

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