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"He was a great Beater.... the Wimbourne Wasps won the league three times in a row while he was with them."
-- Ron Weasley about Ludo Bagman (GF9)

Wimbourne Wasps

English Quidditch team from Wimbourne in Dorset, founded in 1312 (QA7)

robes: thick horizontal stripes of bright yellow and black, with a picture of a wasp on the front (GF7QA7)
home: Wimbourne

  • Ludo Bagman, Beater c.1980 (GF7, GF9GF27)
  • The Wasps took their name from an incident that occurred during a match against their traditional rivals, the Appleby Arrows, in the mid-seventeenth century. A Beater flying past a tree on the edge of the pitch noticed a wasps' nest among the branches and batted it towards the Arrows' Seeker, who was so badly stung that he had to retire from the game. (QA7)
  • Their fans call themselves the "Stingers" and buzz loudly to distract opposing Chasers taking penalties. (QA7)
  • The match against the Holyhead Harpies, which took place on Exmoor, was subject to a Ministry of Magic Masking Fog ten minutes before the start of the game. The Wasps won against the Harpies, 150-300. (DP2)

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Notes

There is not a place called "Wimbourne" in Britain, only the similarly spelled town of Wimborne Minster, which is in East Dorset. It has a football and a rugby team listed in its Wikipedia entry, but no Quidditch team (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimborne_Minster).
team names Wimbourne Wasps
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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