Queerditch Marsh was a marsh located near Manchester.[1][2] It was famous as the site at which the sport that eventually evolved into Quidditch was first played.[2]

In the 11th century, Gertie Keddle, a witch who lived near the marsh, recorded in her diary about how local witches and wizards had been playing a new broomstick-mounted game. As described in her diary, the game featured 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

  • Queerditch is a near homophone with the word Quidditch. The earliest canonical reference to the name of the game is under the spelling Kwidditch in a letter from the 12th century. It is unknown whether the inhabitants of Queerditch Marsh adapted Kwidditch from Queerditch, or if in the eleventh century the place had a different name, like "Kweerditch Marsh". Words and names often had multiple accepted spellings before the standardisation of English spelling in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • In the real world, "quidditch" is a dialect English word for a type of ditch, and came from Anglo-Saxon "cwǣð-dīc", meaning "mud-ditch".
  • The four Hogwarts Houses can play matches against one another at Queerditch Marsh in Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup


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