Queerditch Marsh was the location, somewhere in Manchester, where Kwidditch (a primitive form of Quidditch) evolved. In the eleventh century, local resident Gertie Keddle recorded in her diary the antics of wizards and witches playing a broomstick mounted game. Her diary revealed the presence of a leather ball (an early Quaffle), flying rocks (early Bludgers), and the idea of passing the leather ball to each other, then trying to score points by throwing the ball into the trees at the end of the marsh (early forms of goal posts).
Behind the scenes
- Intestingly, the name "Queerditch" is a near homophone with the word Quidditch, despite the above etymology. It is unknown whether the inhabitants of the Marsh adapted "Kwidditch" from "Queerditch", or if in the eleventh century it had a different name, like "Kweerditch Marsh".
- The four Hogwarts Houses can play matches against one another in Queerditch Marsh in Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
- In the real world "quidditch" is a dialect English word for a type of ditch, and came from Anglo-Saxon "cwǣð-dīc" = "mud-ditch".