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2014 Quidditch World Cup
Event information
Location

Patagonian Desert

Date(s)

12 April to 11 July, 2014

Participant(s)
Description

Various countries compete for the Quidditch World Cup in 2014

"[I aim] to win the World Cup before I die."
Viktor Krum's fulfilled life ambition[src]

The 2014 Quidditch World Cup is an international Quidditch sporting event occurring in 2014.[1] It was the 427th edition of the World Cup.[2][3] The Cup took place in Argentina, in the remote Patagonian Desert. Bulgaria won the Cup against Brazil.

Group phase

The group phase began in 2012.[3] Liechtenstein caused a serious upset in the qualifying stages by winning the group over China, which had been the runners-up in the previous World Cup.[1]

The sixteen countries that qualified are as follows: Brazil, Bulgaria, Chad, Fiji, Germany, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, USA and Wales.[1]

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Viktor Krum in his Bulgarian Quidditch uniform, in 1994.

Nigeria and Norway entered the tournament as the two highest-ranked teams in the group phase.[1] It is also the first year that the USA is thought to have a reasonable chance of reaching the final.[1] Moldova, which has consistently produced excellent Quidditch teams and supporters, and the winners of the previous World Cup, failed to qualify this year due to an outbreak of dragon pox at their training camp. This left Moldovan players and supporters "heartbroken".[1]

Much interest has been generated by the return of Seeker Viktor Krum to the Bulgarian National Quidditch team. Krum had retired following the team's narrow defeat in the final against Egypt, in the 2002 Quidditch World Cup. Krum, aged 38, is considered old for a Seeker, but his return has caused quite a buzz, and increased support from those whose own countries have not qualified.[1]

Pre-Cup controversies

Promising to be exciting as ever, the 2014 Quidditch World Cup was not without its controversies, even before opening matches began.

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Gwenog Jones

There have been rumours that Haiti was using Inferi to intimidate opposing teams, which were initially dismissed by the ICWQC as "malicious and baseless".[1]

Accusations that Polish Seeker Bonawentura Wójcik was famous Italian Seeker Luciano Volpi Transfigured were only disproven when they attended a press conference together.[1]

A further incident occured when Brazilian manager José Barboza insulted the Welsh Chasers by calling them "talentless hags" — Welsh manager Gwenog Jones promptly threatened to "curse the face off" him, and Barboza issued a statement insisting that his original remark had been taken out of context.[1]

Opening Ceremony

For the opening ceremony, the Argentinian Council of Magic planned it to be mascot-themed. Crowds cheered in the stadium on 12 April, 2014 as teams displayed their mascots with pride:

Strangely, Norway brought a Selma instead of the usual troll. Norwegian manager Arnulf Moe explained this by saying that the Selma represented the "steely determination and ferocity of the Norwegian players".

Inferius (Concept Artwork)

Inferi

The ceremony went well, with the Ivorian Genies dancing, until disaster struck. The Norwegian Selma and Fijian Dukuwaqa clashed in the small space of the lake. Handlers had to plunge into the waters to contain the mascots, but were hampered by the Brazilian Curupiras, who thought the handlers were harming the Selma and Dukuwaqa. With panic in the stadium and blood flowing both from humans and creatures, the Nigerian Sasabonsams grew crazed and joined the fray. Previous rumors of Haitian Inferi proved true, as they joined in to attack the stampede, devouring those who tripped.

In the end, 300 casualties from shock, broken bones, and bites resulted from the disastrous opening ceremony, one being an infected Sasabonsam bite on Jamaican keeper Kquewanda Bailey. Although the Argentinian Council of Magic has been ashamed by the record number of injuries before the matches even started, one source of pride is the 10,000 Portkeys transported for the ceremony, another record.

Tournament bracket

  First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                     
Flag of Côte d'Ivoire  Ivory Coast 100  
Flag of Norway  Norway 340  
  Flag of Norway  Norway 20  
  Flag of Bulgaria  Bulgaria 170  
Flag of Bulgaria  Bulgaria 410
New Zealand Flag  New Zealand 170  
  Flag of Bulgaria  Bulgaria 610  
  800px-Flag of Japan  Japan 460  
800px-Flag of Japan  Japan 350  
Flag of Poland  Poland 140  
  800px-Flag of Japan  Japan 270
  Flag of Nigeria  Nigeria 100  
800px-Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 160
Flag of Nigeria  Nigeria 400  
  Flag of Bulgaria  Bulgaria 170
  720px-Flag of Brazil  Brazil 60
Flag of Jamaica  Jamaica 230  
American Flag  USA 240  
  American Flag  USA 450
  Flag of Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 290  
Flag of Chad  Chad 330
Flag of Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 470  
  American Flag  USA 310
  720px-Flag of Brazil  Brazil 420  
720px-Flag of Brazil  Brazil 100  
Flag of Haiti  Haiti DQ*  
  720px-Flag of Brazil  Brazil 460
  Flag of Wales 2  Wales 300  
German Flag  Germany 100
Flag of Wales 2  Wales 330  
*Disqualified (90 points + illegal capture of the Snitch).
NB: There was a play-off between the semifinals losers to determine third place; Japan beat the USA 330 to 120.

First Round

Norway vs. Ivory Coast

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Sunday Prophet article on the match

On 13 April 2014, Norway played against Ivory Coast, winning 340 to 100. Ivory Coast seemed not up to their usual level, and were easily beaten in two hours by Norway. Norwegian Chaser Lars Lundekvam was twice the target of jinxes from wizards still angry about the disaster at the opening ceremony in the crowds, and the match had to be halted twice as security wizards tried to find out the source of the jinxes. Ivorian Chaser Elodie Dembélé scored 7 of Ivory Coast's 10 goals. In the end, Norwegian Seeker Sigrid Kristoffersen beat Sylvian Boigny to the Snitch in the 128th minute.[4]

Nigeria vs. Fiji

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Nigeria vs. Fiji

On 14 May 2014, Nigeria played against Fiji, winning 400 to 160. The match started badly for the Fijian side, as the Beaters Quintia Qarase and Narinder Singh lacked the ferocity of their Nigerian counterparts Aliko Okoye and Mercy Ojukwu — the Bludgers inflicted, as a result, serious damage to the Fijian Chasers, who scored only a single goal while Nigeria scored 40.[5]

In the 141st minute, Fijian Seeker Joseph Snuka — who had previously been dubbed an egoist by teammates — captured the Snitch, when his team was trailing 400 to 10. This move was met with the bewilderment of commentators, the fury of the Fijian supporters and the jeers of the Nigerians, as the game finished with a bruising defeat to Fiji.[5]

Fijian manager and trainer Hector Bolobolo's only comment after the match was "I'm going to kill him".[5]

Brazil vs. Haiti

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Brazil vs. Haiti

The third match, between Brazil and Haiti, took place on 15 May 2014. Brazil won the match 100 to 90, following Haiti's disqualification for illegal capture of the Snitch.[6]

During the early hours of the game, the Brazilian side Chasers Diaz, Alonso and Flores made as many as thirty assaults on the goal hoops; that they scored only ten goals is testimony to Haitian Keeper Lenelle Paraison's agility and courage. Paraison's nose was twice broken during the first sixty minutes, one of them by a Bludger mis-hit by her own teammate, Beater Jean-Baptiste Bloncourt. At the other end of the pitch, star Haitian Chaser Clairvius Hyppolite was responsible for eight of his side's nine goals.[6]

In spite of Brazil's narrow lead in the fourth hour, many felt that the Haitian side was outplaying the Brazilians when Bloncourt hit Haitian Seeker Sylvian Jolicoeur (who was within inches of capturing the Snitch) with one of his poorly-aimed Bludgers, and knocked him out cold. The Snitch then flew up Bloncourt's sleeve — the Beater wrestled the Snitch out of his undergarments and held it up triumphantly, in clear violation of the rules of the game. Haiti was instantly disqualified.[6]

Following the match, Haitian Seeker Jolicoeur was reported to have been making a good recovery, and Beater Bloncourt to be in hiding at an undisclosed location.[6]

USA vs. Jamaica

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USA vs. Jamaica

The fourth match of the tournament was on 16 May 2014, between the United States and Jamaica. The final score of USA 240 to Jamaica 230 was not immediately ruled valid by the ICWQC since there was suspicion of magical interference from someone in the crowd which, according to an amendment to the rules of Quidditch in 1849, would result in their team forfeiting the match, whether or not the team ordered or approved of the magic performed.[7]

Jamaican Keeper Kquewanda Bailey sudden and unexpectedly toppled from her broom shortly before US Chaser Quentin Kowalski scored their ninth goal. The Keeper's fall was hampered by a well-timed Arresto Momentum cast by the referee and, seconds later, on the 52nd minute,[8] US Seeker Darius Smackhammer caught the Snitch ahead of Jamaican counterpart Shanice Higgins, resulting in a narrow victory for the United States.[7]

The timing of Bailey's sudden unconsciousness was so convenient that the ICWQC thoroughly examined the possibility of crowd interference. The crowd's Omnioculars, from all over the stadium, were scrutinised, but no compelling evidence from the American supporters was retrieved. Later that afternoon, it was confirmed that Bailey was suffering from an infected Sasabonsam bite, sustained during the disastrous World Cup opening ceremony. USA, thus, passed into the quarter-finals.[9]

Liechtenstein vs. Chad

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Chad vs. Liechtenstein

Starting the 17 May 2014,[10] the match between Chad and Liechtenstein was the longest yet, and finally ended on the third day, 19 May 2014.[11]

Players took a short rest after eleven hours of continuous play, in which both sides displayed their evenly matched power. Each goal was hard won against Beaters showing superb precision and power. The Snitch was within catching range thrice, but thrice the Seekers were bested by well-hit Bludgers. The man of the match on the first day was Liechtenstein Chaser Willi Wenzel, who took two Bludgers to the head but still managed to score the third goal of the match from a distance of sixty yards. The score at the end of the first day was 140 to 120 in favour of Chad.[10]

Players began to show severe signs of fatigue as the second day of the match, 18 May 2014, limped to a close. The Snitch had literally hovered above Chadian Seeker Jacques Miskine's left eyebrow for five minutes before he noticed it, and even then his reaction was so slow the Snitch was able to escape. Liechtenstein Chaser Otmar Frick was believed to have fallen asleep shortly before play was stopped for the evening. The score at the end of the second day was 260 to 250 in favor of Liechtenstein.[12]

On the third day, Chad was just ahead in goals when the exhausted Liechtenstein Seeker Bruno Bruunhart managed to grab the Snitch inches from the outstreched hand of Miskine. When the teams finally reached solid ground, they wept and embraced in a pleasing show of solidarity and sportsmanship, and then went to receive medical treatment. The final score is Liechtenstein 470 to Chad 330 and the winning team will face the USA in the quarter-finals.[11]

Bulgaria vs. New Zealand

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Bulgaria vs. New Zealand

The sixth match, between Bulgaria and New Zealand, took place on 20 May 2014.[13]

On the 106th minute, referee Georgios Xenakis sent New Zealand Chaser Dennis Moon off, following a mid-air collision between him and Bulgarian Chaser Bogomil Levski, which he ruled was deliberately caused by Moon. Whether or not Xenakis was influenced by rumours that Moon and Levski have a long-standing feud (since the crash appeared accidental from many parts of the stadium), his decision undoubtedly turned the match in Bulgaria's favour. New Zealand manager Charlie Baverstock proclaimed himself "madder than a bloke who's been locked in a box of Fwoopers" at the decision. The Bulgarian side showed flashes of inspiration as they racked up an impressive score against the six-strong Kiwis. Viktor Krum's capture of the Snitch ahead of twenty-one-year-old Ngapo Ponika on the 134th minute[14] was enough to dispel earlier criticism that Krum, who at age 38 is the oldest player in the competition, was taking the place of a younger player on "sentimental" grounds.[13]

Bulgaria won 410 to 170, and will play joint favourites Norway in the quarter-to finals.[13]

Japan vs. Poland

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Japan vs. Poland

The seventh match, between Japan and Poland took place on 21 May. A well-played game all around, the match ended in a decisive victory for Japan, who's Beaters, Hongo and Shingo were recently voted second only to the legendary 1994 Bulgarian Beaters, Volkov and Vulchanov as best all-time Beater duo. Despite the Polish teams best efforts, the team's relative lack of experience cost them the match against Japan. Polish Seeker Wladyslaw Wolfke was the highlight of the game, a graceful and daring flier, missed the Snitch early in the game, and was only just beaten to it by Seeker Noriko Sato in the 59th minute of play.[15]

Wales vs. Germany

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Wales vs. Germany

22 May 2014 saw the eighth and last match of the first round, Wales versus Germany. The match went on without incident, until German Seeker Thorsten Pfeffer attempted the life-threatening Wronski Feint, failing to pull out in time and colliding with the ground at what onlookers estimated to be sixty miles per hour. Pfeffer was saved by the quick action of Healers, who swiftly flooded the pitch and administered Skelegro — Pfeffer survived the match and manager Franziska Faust later told the reporters that he was likely to make a complete recovery, although he had broken most of his bones and currently believed himself to be a budgerigar called Klaus.[16]

Eleven minutes after Pfeffer was stretchered off the field, Welsh Seeker Eurig Cadwallader caught the Snitch, ending the match with a final score of Wales 330 to Germany 100. Neither players nor crowd were in a celebratory mood, and only once Welsh manager Gwenog Jones had heard that Pfeffer would survive did she tell the press she was "'bloody delighted". Wales will now face Brazil in the quarter-finals.[16]

Quarter-finals

Brazil vs. Wales

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Brazil vs. Wales

The first match of the quarter-finals was on 4 June 2014. Brazil played against Wales, winning 460 to 300. This proved to be the most contentious game thus far in the tournament: tensions between Brazil and Wales had begun shortly before the opening ceremony of the Cup in April, when it became public that Brazilian manager José Barboza called the Welsh Chasers "talentless hags", which unleashed the ire of Welsh manager Gwenog Jones, who threatened to "curse the face off" him (as it turns out, Barboza's remarks were said over a few drinks with loose-lipped veteran journalist Rita Skeeter). Even though Barboza was quick to issue the statement that his original remark had been taken out of context, Jones missed no opportunity to belittle and insult the Brazilians ever since learning that her team would face them in the quarter-finals. On the day of the match, she was even prevented from entering the stadium in an "IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN HAITI" T-shirt (Brazil passed into the quarter-finals when opponents Haiti were disqualified), so missed the opening ten minutes of the match, which were notable for the ferocity of play and three brutal fouls.

Brazilian Chasers Diaz, Alonso and Flores put in a solid performance, regardless of the ferocity of the other players. Welsh Beater Iefan Rice viciously sent a Bludger to Brazilian Keeper Raul Almeida's head while the Quaffle was at the other end of the pitch, which earned Brazil a penalty. Special correspondent to the Daily Prophet Ginny Potter later commented it "arguably should have seen Rice sent off". Welsh Chaser Jackie Jernigan scored one of the tournament's most stunning goals from a distance of fifty yards, while it is estimated that Beater Darren Floyd single-handedly prevented at least seventeen Brazilian goals. The game ended following a stunning Snitch capture by Brazilian Seeker Tony Silva, who performed a spectacular dive in the 131st minute of the match to seize victory from under his counterpart Eurig Cadwallader's nose.

As the Brazilians seized victory, Gwenog Jones attempted to make good her promise to curse off José Barboza's face in full view of the packed stadium. The Welsh manager was dragged from the pitch by her own Beaters, and was later put in custody. The Daily Prophet later reported that Healers confirmed Barboza's skin had almost regrown, and that he was in excellent spirits.

Bulgaria vs. Norway

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Bulgaria vs. Norway

The second quarter-final match, on 6 June 2014, was played between Bulgaria and Norway. It was labeled, by the Daily Prophet's Quidditch correspondent Ginny Potter, as "one of the biggest upsets of the tournament" — the Norwegians, one of the joint favourites, were ousted by the Bulgarian side, who many considered lucky to have qualified in the first place, 170 to 20.

Bulgaria showed good form straight from the start of the match. Nikola Vassileva was responsible for both of Bulgaria's early goals, but Norway's Lars Lundekvam soon equalised. The end came almost without warning: in the 42nd minute, Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum performed what looked like simple Bludger-avoidance, and his Norwegian counterpart Sigrid Kristoffersen not only neglected to mark him, but was actually looking the other way. After Krum raised his right hand to show he had secured the Bulgarians' victory, Kristoffersen flew directly to the ground and banged her head on it until she was dragged to her feet by Keeper Karl Wang. Krum, who had been written off by many journalists as too old and slow to compete at 38 years old, was borne from the pitch in triumph by fans.

Norwegian coach Oddvar Spillum had no post-match comment for reporters, apart from broken sobs. Many fans blame the Selma that the team brought as a mascot (and which was the cause of a bloodbath at the opening ceremony) for the usually outstanding Norwegians' lack of luck.

USA vs. Liechtenstein

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USA vs. Liechtenstein

The third quarter-final match was played between USA and Liechtenstein on 8 June, with the USA taking the victory with 450 points against Liechtenstein's 290.

Both teams performed remarkably. US Chaser Quentin Kowalski earned praises for his deft weaving and rolling, while Liechtensteiner Otmar Frick was the game's top scorer with 16 goals. Top praise, however, goes to American Seeker Darius Smackhammer, who secured the USA's place for a semi-final in a daring capture of the Golden Snitch on the 148th minute: it involved a breakneck dash through the cross fire of both Bludgers and risked collision with Liechtenstein Chaser Willi Wenzel to get to the Snitch hovering near Wenzel's left ankle.

Having historically put up a poor show in international Quidditch, being the only country to have embraced the game of Quodpot, the Americans could not help but celebrate this quarter-final win as though they had won the Cup. Red, white, and blue sparks were thick in the air after the victory, harried ICWQC officials failing to quell such jubilation. The celebrations celebrations required the casting of about 2000 Memory Charms on Muggles living around the edge of the desert, and special measures were taken to conceal them from aeroplanes. A futher incident included the kidnapping of Liechtenstein mascot Hans the Augurey by American fans, something that was only solved following terse negotiations between President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America Samuel G. Quahog and Liechtenstein Minister for Magic Otto Obermeier.

Japan vs. Nigeria

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Japan vs. Nigeria

The fourth, and last, quarter-final match of the Cup saw Japan defeat Nigeria 270 to 100. The final result was a surprise, given that Nigeria was one of the tournament's favourites, but Japan put in a near flawless performance. The match lasted 63 minutes.[17]

The highlight of the match was the veritable master class of Bludger work the Beaters of the two competing nations put on: Okoye and Ojukwu on the one hand, and Shingo and Hongo on the other, framed the action; special Quidditch correspondent to the Daily Prophet Ginny Potter pointed out that "[this] match ought to be remembered as the Battle of the Beaters". The turning point of the game was the staggeringly powerful shot hit by Hongo, that smashed the tail off Nigerian Seeker Samuel Equiano's broomstick (a Thunderbolt VII; professional brooms ought to be able to withstand all Bludger blows and an inquiry was immediately put underway). As Equiano span out of control, Japanese Seeker Noriko Sato soared through the middle of the action to seize the Snitch from the midst of distracted Nigerian players intent on saving their teammate.

Japan pass into the semi-finals where they will meet Bulgaria.

Semi-finals

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The cup is now down to four teams: USA, Brazil, Japan, and Bulgaria. Former Beater Ludo Bagman reckoned he has the lowdown on every team in the semi-finals of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, and rated their chances in the Daily Prophet, as seen in the infographic at the left:

USA vs. Brazil

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USA vs. Brazil

The first match of the semi-finals was played Friday, 4 July 2014 to Saturday, 5 July 2014; USA took on Brazil in a game riddled with nerves.

The match went on for more than a day; at the close of the first day, the States were leading 120 to Brazil's 100 [18]. The game ended in the twentieth hour of play, with Brazil winning 420 to 310 [19]. Players on both sides showed signs of stress, causing them to drop Quaffles, miss-hit Bludgers, and fail to protect their hoops; US Chaser Mercy Wardwell dropped the Quaffle five times before beating her head repeatedly against her broom handle until restrained by Seeker Darius Smackhammer. Fernando Diaz and Alejandra Alonso both had two Quaffle drops apiece, and Lucas Picquery's miss-hit Bludger hit Keeper Susan Blancheflower in the face (Blancheflower then attempted to jump onto Picquery's broom to remonstrate with him): soon after she made the elementary mistake of coming too far outside of the Scoring Circle, allowing Alonso to give Brazil a temporary lead, which Quentin Kowalski reversed as night fell. The sun rising over the Patagonian desert gave testimony to the skill of both sides; dynamic Quaffle play by Chaser trios on both sides could have won the match for either side, but in the end it was Brazilian Keeper Raul Almeida who decided the battle of the Quaffle, as he repeatedly repelled American assaults on the hoops. The match came down to a fight for the Snitch, first spotted by Darius Smackhammer. Smackhammer may have won the match for the US, if it hadn't been for a pair of precision-hit Bludgers directed his way by Brazilian Beaters Santos and Clodoaldo, which forced him off-course. Brazilian Seeker Silva raced each other on the very tips of their brooms, spiraling toward the ground before Silva caught the Snitch, ending the game in a Brazilian victory.

Japan vs. Bulgaria

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Japan vs. Bulgaria

The first match was followed by the Japan versus Bulgaria clash, which took place on Sunday 6 July 2014. For a World Cup that started out in such chaos and international hostility, the second match of the semi-finals was a refreshing display of sportsmanship. The match was decided exactly by Krum's 10th hour capture of the Snitch, putting the final scores at Bulgaria: 610 to Japan: 460 [20]. The early stages of the game were dominated by Shingo and Hongo, who's elegant Bludger work stopped play twice within the first hour of play. Soon after came a display of international sportsmanship that will go down in the annals of Quidditch history. With Bludgers flying around like the cannonballs they so oft resemble, Vulchanov deliberately intercepted a Bludger with his body to protect Krum. Vulchanov was knocked out and fell from his broom, only to be saved by Noriko Sato. Krum, instead of taking advantage of Sato's temporary incapacitation, pulled up and let the Snitch go by. By the 8th hour of play, it looked as though Krum would regret his previous sportsmanship; Japan was leading by 250 points, largely thanks to the work of Chasers Ryuichi Yamaguchi, Kimiko Kurosawa, and Yoshi Wakahisa, who showed that Japan had more than just two excellent Beaters on her team. As the game proceeded into what would be its final hours, the Bulgarian's determination began to pay off. The Snitch appeared for the second time; Krum raced Sato, driving her off, but refusing to catch the Snitch, a vote of confidence in his team and a stark contrast to his infamous catch in the '94 match against Ireland when he ended the game to avoid further humiliation for his team. Krum's second refusal to end the game marked the turning point of the match: the Bulgarians chipped away at Japan's lead, eventually tying up the score by sheer determination. Krum's faith and reputation proved true when in the 10th hour he performed "a magnificent piece of diversionary flying" which tricked Sato into believing he was escaping Hongo's line of sight. Before anyone, even his own teammates realized what had happened, Krum had caught the Snitch and secured victory for Bulgaria.

Finals

Japan vs. USA

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Japan vs. USA

The USA-Japan match determining third place took place on 9 July, during which Japan won with a score of 330 against 120. The match was brief, it was bloody and few will disagree that it was brutal. Japan, who many thought would go all the way in this tournament, and the USA, for whom 2014 has been a breakthrough year, have both had remarkable World Cups. All fourteen players in this third place play-off can hold their heads high tonight, though for some – notably American Chaser Arsenia Gonzales, who took two Bludgers to the face in the 34th minute – it will be extremely painful. The USA did well to score twelve times against Keeper Todoroki, an undersung hero of the Japanese side who was on superb form, while Beaters Hongo and Shingo were simply unstoppable. At the other end of the pitch, Chasers Yamaguchi, Kurosawa and Wakahisa put eighteen goals past Keeper Susan Blancheflower before Japanese Seeker Noriko Sato put in one of the most spectacular dives of the tournament. Zooming through flying Bludgers and a tangle of Chasers she successfully seized the Snitch from under the heel of American Mercy Wardwell, leaving Darius Smackhammer in a broom-lock with Lucas Picquery. Once on the ground, the teams embraced in a heart-warming show of sportsmanship. Word has since reached us that the Japanese have presented the American team – whose supporters famously kidnapped Hans the Augurey, the Liechtenstein mascot – with a Hoo-hoo chick.

Brazil vs. Bulgaria

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Brazil vs. Bulgaria

Main article: 2014 Quidditch World Cup final

Ginny Potter and Rita Skeeter reported live on the final taking place between Brazil and Bulgaria on 11 July, 2:00 Patagonian time. [21]

Pre-Match Show

The stadium was full and the noise was deafening as both team's mascots put on a pre-match show. The Bulgarians, of course, brought their celebrated dancing troupe of Veelas, which constituted a major reason for the team's popularity, at least with men. Brazil's Curupiras already caused a great deal of mischief so far this tournament but were similarly popular, mostly with children. Security wizards stood by all around the perimeter in case of trouble.

The VIP boxes became full during the pre-match show. Chairman of the ICWQC, Mentor Metaxas, chatted to the President of the Argentinian Council of Magic, Valentina Vázquez, but all eyes are on Box Two, where Dumbledore's Army sat under close guard, to prevent mobbing by an overexcited crowd. The Potter family – minus Mother, Ginny Potter, who sat in the journalists' enclosure with Rita Skeeter – were given prime places in the front row. All wore the red of Bulgaria except middle child Albus, who is sporting Brazilian green, as he was a great fan of Brazilian Chaser Gonçalo Flores. Almost all of the Weasley family, on the other hand, are supporting Brazil. Surprisingly, Ronald Weasley cheered on his wife's ex-boyfriend. Both of his children – Rose and Hugo – are decked out in green, but Hermione Granger is not wearing anything to indicate which team she is supporting.

The crowd roared as the gates open and the mascot troupes assembled! First, the Bulgarian Veela, dressed in diaphanous gowns and dancing to the haunting strains of harp music. Several men's jaws dropped in the journalists' enclosure and, judging by the number of dropped notebooks, many also appeared to have lost sensation in their fingers. Up in VIP Box Two, Ronald Weasley appeared to have become catatonic, and wife Hermione Granger administered a sharp elbow to the ribs.

And next came the Curupiras with their bright red hair and back-to-front feet. Tumbling, performing acrobatics, stealing hats from fans and generally creating mayhem, the stadium greatly enjoyed their antics.

Master Teddy Lupin and Ms Victoire Weasley appeared to be far more interested in what they are saying to each other than the show. In what some may see as a somewhat belated show of parental authority, Mr Bill Weasley swapped places with his very sulky-looking daughter and directed her attention to the pitch. Meanwhile, Harry Potter was scratching his ear.

The opening ceremony concluded with an interesting Veela/Curupira pyramid formation. If several back to front feet found themselves in the Veela's eyes, the latter have resisted the temptation to transform into the terrifying Harpy-like form that gave many children – myself included – nightmares after their 1994 display.

Final Match

After the end of the show came the two teams - Brazil in green, Bulgaria in red! Fourteen players rose in the air to begin the final match. Despite nothing occurring yet, Neville Longbottom was already on his feet cheering one minute into the game.

Brazil gained hold of the Quaffle at the beginning of the game. By five minutes, the Brazilian Chasers still had not scored, due to the slick defence of the Bulgarian Beaters Draganov and Vulchanov. Flores, Diaz and Alonso were relentless, ducking and weaving as they tried to find a way past the Bulgarian duo.

Meanwhile, 18 minutes past the start of the game, Luna Lovegood appeared to be passing out some kind of snack to her friends in the VIP box.

32 minutes in, Bulgarian Chaser Levski made an excellent intercept of the Quaffle. Bulgaria streaked towards the goal and Levksi threw the Quaffle to Vassileva. However, a Bludger hit Vassileva hard in the throat and she dropped the Quaffle, which was caught by Flores. Even the Brazilians groaned in sympathy for Vassileva's injury, but Brazil was back in possession of the Quaffle.

In the VIP box, Neville Longbottom was laughing hard at something that Harry Potter leaned across and whispered to him.

Five minutes after Flores caught the Quaffle and 37 minutes in the match, she made a spectacular goal and scored ten points for Brazil. Albus Potter almost toppled out of the VIP box cheering his Quidditch hero, but was saved by his uncle Ronald, who seized the back of his robes as brother James laughed heartily. Their father Harry appeared completely unconcerned, merely handing his second son one of Luna Lovegood's treats.

At 42 minutes past the start, Bulgarians Draganov and Vulchanov successfully disrupted the Brazilian Chasers, preventing the trio from scoring a second goal, but Bulgaria relied far too much on their defence and their last touch of the Quaffle resulted in a drop and fumble by Grozda. By this time, there was no sign of the Snitch.

54 minutes into the game, it was noted that Harry Potter cheered every well-hit Bulgarian Bludger, whereas his best friend Ronald Weasley appeared to be gnashing his teeth in chagrin. Meanwhile, Hermione Granger was seen yawning.

One minute until the full hour passed, Bogomil Levski broke through the Brazilian defence and equalized the score, making it a tie, 10-10.

Ten minutes past the hour, Head of the Department of Magical Transportation Percy Weasley was spotted frowning as he followed the match, noted to be greying and balding, having aged considerably since the Battle of Hogwarts.

23 minutes past the hour, a sudden burst of quick-fire Quaffle passes resulted in a brace of goals for Brazil, whose Chasers teared up and down the pitch. Gonçalo Flores scored twice more and Fernando Diaz once, taking the score to 40-10. By this point, spectators noted Bulgaria was making too many careless mistakes and needed to take the offensive, whereas Brazil was looking far the stronger team at this point.

31 minutes past the hour, Charlie ‘The Unmarried Weasley', a burly chap carrying several burns due to his work with dragons, similarly to sister-in-law Hermione ‘Bored Yawn' Granger, was also seen paying little attention to the match, preferring what seemed to be a most interesting talk with Rolf Scamander, husband of Luna Lovegood. While Lovegood and Scamander appeared to be holding hands in the VIP box, this might well be because Rolf was trying to prevent his wife from putting on one of her famous Special Event Hats.

With the score standing at 50-20 (following goals one minute apart from Alonso and Vassileva), at the forty-third minute past the hour, a flash of gold near the Brazilian hoops lead Silva and Krum into a breakneck chase – Beaters and Chasers scattered. Krum was ahead but narrowly missed a capture. As the Snitch soared upwards and disappeared again, both Seekers appeared to be dazzled by the brilliant Argentinian sun.


Two minutes until the second hour, George Weasley, one-eared co-owner of joke shop Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes was seen putting on a show of family togetherness up in the box with wife Angelina Johnson and children Fred and Roxanne. Meanwhile, Teddy Lupin and Victoire Weasley took advantage of their elders’ inattention to find their way back into adjacent seats.

Three minutes past the second hour, Diaz lengthened Brazil's lead, which was now 60-20. Moments later, Beater Santos hit Viktor Krum hard over the head with his bat. The referee examined Omniocular footage to determine whether a foul was committed and the game was paused. The crowd groaned at Viktor Krum's injury as Ron kissed Hermione on the cheek.

Eighteen minutes later, at twenty-one minutes past the second hour, German referee Herman Junker concluded that Rafael Santos did not mean to hit Viktor Krum around the back of the skull with his Beater's bat. Krum signaled that he is fit to continue and play resumed.

At 36 minutes past the second hour, it was reported that Hermione Granger did not notice her ex-boyfriend's injury immediately, due to the ill-judged public display of affection instigated by her husband, but she swiftly put on a display of concern. The same cannot be said for Neville Longbottom, who appeared to be spiritedly describing the precise manner in which Krum sustained his nosebleed for the benefit of his godson, Albus Potter. An oddly callous display from the popular Herbology teacher.

Fourty minutes past the second hour, or 160 minutes into the game, Krum and Silva were in a breakneck dash for the Snitch, which Silva sighted first – he was four feet ahead of Krum as both rose almost vertically. Everyone was on their feet, including the denizens of the VIP boxes – Harry Potter was shouting – Ronald Weasley was swearing... Krum was gaining on Silva but was it enough…? Teddy Lupin accidentally punched his girlfriend on the nose as he gesticulated. Meanwhile, Krum and Silva became neck and neck – Teddy Lupin and Victoire Weasley snuggled up together again.

165 minutes into the game, Krum caught the Snitch, bringing victory to Bulgaria. The crowds went crazy – after two and three-quarter hours in the blazing Argentinian sun, Bulgaria won the Quidditch World Cup and Krum achieved his life’s ambition on the third attempt – it looked like he might fall off his broom – tears streamed down his face – a hugely popular win here in the Patagonian Desert – but hearty commiserations to Brazil - they led almost all the way, and in the end, it was Krum the Seeker who defeated them. A stunning display of sportsmanship here, as Silva and Krum embraced.

Dumbledore’s Army seemed to approve of the victory, Harry Potter in particular seemed emotional – with a determined grin on his face, Ronald Weasley concealed his inevitable annoyance that his wife’s ex-love is being feted by the Quidditch world – young Albus applauded, doubtless at the prompting of his father.

Rita Skeeter was taken unaccountably ill with what some are calling a jinx to the solar plexus by Ginny Potter. Meanwhile, celebrations continued in the Patagonian Desert for Bulgaria' win against Brazil, 170-60.

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Notes and references

  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named PM2
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 8 (The Quidditch World Cup)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "History of the Quidditch World Cup"
  4. Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "NORWAY VERSUS IVORY COAST" (Daily Prophet, 13 April 2014)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "NIGERIA VERSUS FIJI" (Daily Prophet, 14 May 2014)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "BRAZIL VERSUS HAITI" (Daily Prophet, 15 May 2014)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "USA VERSUS JAMAICA" (Daily Prophet, 16 May 2014)
  8. Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "PLACE YOUR BETS WITH LUDO BAGMAN" (Daily Prophet, 02 July 2014) — the USA's average time for Snitch capture in the first two rounds is given as 100 minutes. As the match between USA and Liechtenstein was 148 minutes long, USA's first match had to have lasted 52 minutes.
  9. Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "USA VERSUS JAMAICA" (Evening Prophet, 16 May 2014)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "LIECHTENSTEIN VERSUS CHAD" (Daily Prophet, 17 May 2014)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "LIECHTENSTEIN VERSUS CHAD" (Daily Prophet, 19 May 2014)
  12. Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "LIECHTENSTEIN VERSUS CHAD" (Daily Prophet, 18 May 2014)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 New from J.K. Rowling: "BULGARIA VERSUS NEW ZEALAND" (Daily Prophet, 20 May 2014)
  14. Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "PLACE YOUR BETS WITH LUDO BAGMAN" (Daily Prophet, 02 July 2014) — Bulgaria's average time for Snitch capture in the first two rounds is given as 88 minutes. As the match between Bulgaria and Norway was 42 minutes long, Bulgaria's first match had to have lasted 134 minutes.
  15. New from J.K. Rowling: "JAPAN VERSUS POLAND" (Daily Prophet, 21 May 2014)
  16. 16.0 16.1 New from J.K. Rowling: "WAL VERSUS GERMANY" (Daily Prophet, 22 May 2014)
  17. Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "PLACE YOUR BETS WITH LUDO BAGMAN" (Daily Prophet, 02 July 2014) — Japan's average time for Snitch capture in the first two rounds is given as 61 minutes. As the match between Japan and Poland was 59 minutes long, Japan's second match had to have lasted 63 minutes.
  18. Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "USA vs Brazil" (Daily Prophet, 04 July 2014)
  19. Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "USA vs Brazil" (Daily Prophet, 05 July 2014)
  20. Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "Bulgaria vs Japan" (Daily Prophet, 06 July 2014)
  21. "Ginny Potter will report live from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final this Friday, July 11!" on the Pottermore Insider

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