The 'Harry Potter' Quidditch World Cup Quiz

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What is quidditch most like in the muggle world?

It is most similar to soccer, but played on brooms, with four balls — quaffle, bludgers and snitch — that can attack the players, bats to hit the balls and three goal posts with hoops at each end of the pitch, for putting balls through.

How many players are on a Quidditch team?

One seeker, one keeper, two beaters and three chasers. Harry Potter is the youngest seeker in a century when he's named to the Gryffindor team in his first year at Hogwarts.

How do Harry Potter and the gang wind up at the Quidditch World Cup?

Harry's buddy Ron Weasley's dad, who doesn't have a whole lot of money, gets tickets through his Ministry of Magic connections at the Department of Magical Games and Sports.

What teams are playing in this, the final game of the World Cup?

The two teams draw about 100,000 fans. Potter and company are, of course, rooting for Ireland.

Where is the game played?

It's been 30 years since Britain hosted the world cup. A "nice deserted moor" accommodates the stadium, which is surrounded and protected by anti-Muggle enchantments.

Who is the most famous player in the game?

Victor Krum is the best seeker in the game. He turns up at Hogwarts later in the book.

Harry and Krum are both seekers. What does the seeker do?

A seeker's job is to get the snitch, a tiny golden ball with wings that flies around the stadium. Catching the snitch ends the game and gets the catcher's team 150 points.

Who is in charge of the World Cup game?

Ludo Bagman, a former player, is overseeing the game and is the man who got tickets for Arthur Weasley.

How do the Weasleys and Harry get to the game?

They meet up with fellow Hogwarts student Cedric Diggory and his father at an old boot that's been enchanted as a portkey. When they touch it at the correct time it transports them to the site of the game.

Where do they stay at the game?

A tent city has been set up, with witches and wizards from all over the world. The tents look ordinary on the outside, but inside the one Harry and the Weasleys use is like a three-room flat, complete with kitchen and bathroom.

Fred and George Weasley bet on the game. What do they expect the outcome to be?

Ron's twin brothers bet all the money they have — 37 Galleons, 15 Sickles and 3 Knuts — with Ludo Bagman.

What does Harry buy three of at the game to help Ron, Hermione and himself see the action?

Omnioculars look like binoculars, but allow the user to replay action and slow the action down. They also will flash up a play-by-play.

Where are the Weasleys' and Harry's seats?

The higher the seats the better in Quidditch, since the game is played on brooms. And the gang is going to the top.

Who shares the box with them?

Winky, Barty Crouch's house elf, who is terrified of heights, is in the box when the group arrives.

Who or what are the Bulgarian team's mascots.

Veela are beautiful almost-human women with white-gold hair and shining skin who put men in a kind of trance as they watch the Veela dance. Harry nearly jumps from the box into the stadium to get closer to them until Hermione pulls him back.

What happens when Veela get mad?

During the game the Veela get mad at the referee for a call against the Bulgarian team and their faces elongate into sharp, cruel-beaked bird heads while long, scaly wings burst from their shoulders.

Who or what are the Irish team's mascots?

The tiny Leprechauns fly over the stadium forming shapes including shamrocks and rainbows and dropping gold on the spectators.

Which team scores first in the incredibly fast-moving game?

Ireland scores when Troy gets the bludger (a ball) through the goal post — making the score 10-0, Ireland.

Ludo Bagman calls the game. How is his voice amplified?

He points his wand at his throat and says, "Sonorus," to magically amplify his voice. It can be heard booming over the roar of the crowd.

Who is the referee for the game?

Mostafa, from Egypt, is the chairwizard of the International Association of Quidditch.

What play does Krum use during the game, causing the Irish seeker to crash into the ground?

Krum dives on his broom straight for the ground, as if he's spotted the snitch. The Irish seeker follows and crashes when Krum, who hasn't seen the snitch, pulls out of the dive at the last second.

What is cobbing?

It's the use of too much elbow on your opponent. The Bulgarian keeper was penalized for cobbing.

Who won the game?

The game was won just as Fred and George predicted — Krum got the snitch for Bulgaria, but Ireland won. The score was Bulgaria: 160, Ireland: 170.

How does the celebration following the game turn ugly?

Masked supporters of You-Know-Who (Lord Voldemort) raise the muggle camp manager and his family high in the air and parade around the camp with them.

What does Harry Potter lose in the woods after the game?

He loses his wand as he, Ron and Hermione are hiding from the Death Eaters in the woods.

Where is Harry's wand found?

House elves aren't supposed to have wands, but Winky finds it and picks it up — getting her in big trouble.

What is Winky suspected of doing with Harry's wand?

The Dark Mark, the sign that Lord Voldemorte has been called, appears over the woods. A spell shows that Harry's wand cast the spell causing the Dark Mark. It's suspected — briefly — that Winky did it.

Why is Hermione thought to be in more danger than Harry or Ron as they run away from the Death Eaters?

Hermione's a mudblood — dirty blood. It means she's muggle born. The Death Eaters are going after muggles and Draco Malfoy tells her that she might be next.

And, in one question from the movie, who provides the World Cup match commentary?

Bagman doesn't appear in the movie, so the commentary is performed — albeit briefly — by Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge.

It isn't Winky who sets the Dark Mark in the sky. Who does it?

Barty Crouch Jr. — who was supposed to have died in Azkaban prison, but was secretly released by his rule-abiding father — conjures the Dark Mark.

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The Quidditch World Cup, which comes early in book 4 of "Harry Potter," but which includes events that have an impact on the rest of story. Take our quiz to see how much you know about the game — and the other activities that surrounded it.

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