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Sweden, officially called the Kingdom of Sweden is a Scandinavian country lying in Northern Europe. Sweden borders Norway and Finland. Its capital city is Stockholm.[1]

History

In the summer of 1995 one of Cho Chang's friends was in Sweden.

Xenophilius and Luna Lovegood believe that Crumple-Horned Snorkacks are native to Sweden and went on an expedition to find them there in the summer of 1996, using the money the Daily Prophet paid them in order to re-print Harry Potter's account of Lord Voldemort's return.[2]

Asgard Pettersson was born and raised in the Swedish town Skövde.

Sweden hosts the annual broom race which dates from the tenth century. The competitors fly from Kopparberg to Arjeplog. The winner receives a trophy shaped like a Swedish Short-Snout.[3]

It is possible that the wizarding school Durmstrang is located in Sweden, although it could also be in Norway.

Behind the scenes

  • It is possible that the annual broom race is a nod to the Swedish national tradition called "Vasaloppet" (lit. The Vasa race). The name come from King Gustav Vasa. Before he became king, he was trying to start a riot to overthrow the Danish King Kristian II who ruled Sweden at this time. One day he thought he was being followed by the Danes and fled on skies from Sälen to Mora, a distance of 90 km, before his followers caught up with him and turn out to be Swedes who wanted to tell him he was getting their support in the quest for the crown. Today the race is held annually on the first Sunday in March.

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Notes and references

  1. Sweden at Wikipedia
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 38 (The Second War Begins)
  3. Quidditch Through the Ages - Chapter 2 (Ancient Broom Games)
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