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The Toyohashi Tengu are a Quidditch team based in Toyohashi, Japan.

History

They are the most successful Japanese team, and narrowly missed a win in 1994 against the Gorodok Gargoyles. Their practise of burning their broomsticks after a defeat was frowned upon by the International Confederation of Wizards' Quidditch Committee as a waste of good wood.[1]

The Tengu are the current Champion's League winners, and every member attributes their prowess to the gruelling training they were given at Mahoutokoro, where they practise over a sometimes turbulent sea in stormy conditions, forced to keep an eye out not only for the Bludgers but also for planes from the Muggle airbase on a neighbouring island.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • Tengu are mythical Japanese creatures, traditionally portrayed as having a humanoid shape, but the wings and beak of a bird of prey.
  • Toyohashi is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

Etymology

  • "Tengu" (天狗) means "heavenly dog", and can be broken into two characters:
    • 天, "ten" or "ama" means "heaven".
    • 狗, "ku" (an alternate reading of "gu"), "kō", or "inu" means "dog".

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 8 (The Spread of Quidditch Worldwide)
  2. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Mahoutokoro" at Pottermore