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Australia, formerly known as the Antipodes,[1] is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. The capital city of Australia is Canberra.[2]

Magical games and sports

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A 1994 Quidditch World Cup attendee waving an Australian flag

Quidditch is believed to have become popular in Australia in the 18th century. Because large parts of the Australian outback is remote and uninhabited, they make ideal locations for Quidditch pitches. Australia also has its own National Quidditch team and National Quidditch Stadium. The Australian Quidditch League also includes teams from other countries of Oceania.[3]

Australian, just as many other Antipodean Quidditch players are characterised by their speed and showmanship. Two dominating teams had so much enmity to each other that a popular response to an unlikely claim or boast arose in Australian wizarding community: "Yeah, and I think I’ll volunteer to ref the next Thunderer–Warrior game."[3]

Australian Quidditch teams

Magical creatures

Magical history

Known locations

Behind the scenes

  • Nina Young who plays the Grey Lady is an Australian actress.[9]
  • In Wonderbook: Book of Potions, Zygmunt Budge refers to Australia in a manner implying it was well known in Britain during his lifetime. This is either an anachronism (the first recorded European discovery of Australia was in 1606, roughly a century after Budge's work) or an indication that wizarding Britain discovered Australia earlier than the Muggles.
  • J. K. Rowling has confirmed that there is a wizarding school Australian wizards may attend, and confirmed that information on the School will be revealed.[10]

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Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Wonderbook: Book of Potions
  2. Australia at Wikipedia
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 8 (The Spread of Quidditch Worldwide)
  4. In real-life, the spelling is Wollongong
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 10 (The Rogue Bludger)
  6. In real life, Lockhart is an Australian town, 65 kilometres from Wagga Wagga. J.K. Rowling revealed in an interview her inspiration for Gilderoy Lockhart's name, which was not this town.
  7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 6 (The Ghoul in Pyjamas)
  9. Nina Young at Wikipedia
  10. J.K. Rowling teases Canadian, Australian Wizarding World schools' future reveal at SnitchSeeker