Here’s your chance to play Quidditch – the favorite sport of witches and wizards. Take your House to victory at Hogwarts and then compete in the ultimate challenge – the Quidditch World Cup. Choose from any one of nine international teams and play all the positions. It’s fast. It’s thrilling. It’s the first time you’ve been able to experience it all.
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup is a video game produced by EA Games that features the wizarding sport Quidditch. The game was released on October 28, 2003, for GameCube, PlayStation 2, PC, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance.
The user plays for the Hogwarts Quidditch Cup, competing between Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Upon victory, the user then takes on the Quidditch World Cup, competing between Australia, Bulgaria, England, France, Germany, Japan, Scandinavia, Spain, and the United States.
- Alicia Spinnet – Special Move Chaser
- Angelina Johnson – Passing Chaser
- Fred Weasley – Beater
- George Weasley – Beater
- Harry Potter – Seeker
- Katie Bell – Tackle and Shoot Chaser
- Oliver Wood – Keeper and Captain
The team’s special move is called the Weasley Wangler. Fred and George hit a Bludger side to side with Alicia Spinnet with the Quaffle. On the opposing team, the Passing and Special Move Chasers try to defend the Keeper, but they get scared. The Keeper screams and gets pelted by a Bludger, and Alicia scores 10 points and significantly reduces the opponent’s Snitch Bar.
- Anthony Rickett – Beater
- Cedric Diggory – Seeker and Captain
- Heidi Macavoy – Tackle and Shoot Chaser
- Herbert Fleet – Keeper
- Malcolm Preece – Passing Chaser
- Maxine O’Flaherty – Beater
- Tamsin Applebee – Special Move Chaser
The team’s special move is the Cedric Swoop ‘n’ Swagger. First, they are in possession of the Quaffle, when the Passing and Special Move Chasers from the other team are in pursuit. Preece fires the Quaffle to Macavoy, avoiding the Passing Chaser. Then Macavoy passes the Quaffle to Applebee, who passes it back to Macavoy to avoid the Special Move Chaser. Macavoy then passes it to Preece, who does a ground shot, which causes the Quaffle to lift into the air so it goes in a hoop. Finally, Macavoy once again passes the Quaffle to Applebee, who scores 20 points and slightly reduces the opponent’s Snitch Bar.
- Cho Chang – Seeker
- Duncan Inglebee – Beater
- Grant Page – Keeper
- Jason Samuels – Beater
- Jeremy Stretton – Passing Chaser
- Randolph Burrow – Special Move Chaser
- Roger Davies – Tackle and Shoot Chaser and Captain
The team’s special move is called the Burdish of Raven. It is the most offensively powerful of all the teams, at Hogwarts or the World Cup. First, the three Chasers go up in the air and the Passing and Special Move Chasers look on as they loop and go down. As they pass, Roger Davies punches the Special Move Chaser, who kicks the Passing Chaser and leaves the way clear for Jeremy Stretton to shoot. Randolph Burrow scores and finally, Roger Davies scores, totaling 30 points.
- Adrian Pucey – Special Move Chaser
- Draco Malfoy – Seeker
- Graham Montague – Tackle and Shoot Chaser
- Kevin Bletchley – Keeper
- Lucian Bole – Beater
- Marcus Flint – Passing Chaser and Captain
- Peregrine Derrick – Beater
The team’s special move is the Zeeburger Slither. It is very brutal. All the players, except Malfoy and Bletchley, knock the opponent Passing and Special Move Chasers out of the way and leave the Tackle and Shoot Chaser screaming. Next, they use cobbing on the Keeper with no penalty. Montague scores and Pucey kicks it to Flint, who scores it again, totaling 20 points and slightly reducing the opponent’s Snitch Bar.
- Johnny Nuhaka – Keeper
- Kelley Whakkaarangapawarau – Beater
- Kenneth Hastings – Chaser
- Kylie Meadows – Beater
- Lucy Karoonda – Seeker and Captain
- Maria Monteith – Chaser
- Matthew Echunga – Chaser
The team’s special move starts with Echunga leading Monteith, Hastins, and Whakkaarangagapawaru. Echunga and Monteith pass the Quaffle to each other, with waves coming out of their brooms. While avoiding the Passing Chaser, Hastings, who has the Quaffle, does a serve into the hoop to score. The move resembles surfing.
Their Quidditch pitch is set in the Outback, where a formation of red rocks makes up the boundaries.
The team, which is the only one that needs to be unlocked:
- Alexei Levski – Chaser
- Clara Ivanova – Chaser
- Ivan Volkov – Beater
- Lev Zograf – Keeper
- Pyotr Vulchanov – Beater
- Vasily Dimitrov – Chaser and Captain
- Viktor Krum – Seeker
The team’s special move is the Wronski Feint, which is seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Krum knocks the opposing Seeker off their broom into the opposing Chasers, depriving them of the Quaffle, and giving it to Levski, who swiftly punches it into the central hoop, earning 10 points.
Their Quidditch pitch is similar to the German pitch, but the sky is always dark, and the stadium is surrounded by grim, Gothic towers, including a clock tower at one end that has the scoreboard.
- Avery Hawksworth – Chaser and Captain
- Blythe Parkin – Seeker
- Dawn Withey – Beater
- Denison Frisby – Keeper
- Edric Vosper – Chaser
- Indira Choudry – Beater
- Keaton Flitney – Chaser
The team’s special move is called the Rowntree Counter and plays out as follows: Flitney, who has the Quaffle, yells to his teammates, “Come on!” He then dives, along with Vosper and Hawksworth, while the back of their brooms flow with red, white, and blue. They knock two opposing players off their brooms, and while distracting the opponent Beaters, Flitney passes the Quaffle to Hawksworth. Hawksworth then kicks the Quaffle around before passing it back to Vosper, who does an overhead kick into the hoop on the far left. To celebrate having earned 10 points, Vosper does a dance on his broom. Most of the moves are akin to soccer/football.
Their Quidditch pitch resembles a basic pitch, having an oval with white lines, but this is surrounded by a moat with water and towers resembling a medieval castle.
- Alain Lacroix – Beater
- Bastien Janvier – Keeper
- Cybéle Peltier – Seeker
- Hildegarde Lafarge – Chaser
- Josephine Marat – Chaser and Captain
- Mathilde Mallard – Chaser
- Ninon Saucet – Beater
The team’s special move is called the Blitzen Ballet and has a lot of spinning in it with gymnastic-style moves. First, Marat and Mallard pass the Quaffle to one another, and then Mallard swings across to Lafarge’s broom. Mallard then passes it to Marat, who scores while leaving the Keeper gaping, earning 10 points.
Their Quidditch pitch is a maze on the bottom, and their goalposts are on water, resembling a Versailles garden.
- Elena Eldritch – Beater
- Hermann Wiel – Keeper
- Igor Brand – Chaser
- Katrina von Glockenspieler – Beater and Captain
- Konrad Weiss – Seeker
- Kursten Blijk – Chaser
- Kurt Todt – Chaser
The team’s special move is played like American football. Todt kicks the Quaffle hard to Blijk, who weaves in and out of the opponents, and then she throws to Todt, who abruptly stops, causing the opposing team to fly past him. This is the only team to score a goal at its own post. The opposing Chasers then turn back to see Todt throwing the Quaffle to Brand, who leaps into the air and smacks the Quaffle in. Blijk, who was on the other side of the goals, dropkicks it back toward Todt, who leaps from his broom and headbutts it in. Germany then does a victory pose, having scored 20 points.
Their pitch is in a secluded forest with a castle not far away. Their stadium is made of cement, with a star shape and a fountain in the middle. It is designed to look like a traditional village or castle.
- Keiko Takahashi – Beater
- Minaka Takahashi – Beater
- Noriyuki Sato – Chaser
- Ryotaro Tanaka – Chaser and Captain
- Shizuka Watanabe – Seeker
- Tamotsu Iwamoto – Keeper
- Yoshihiro Suzuki – Chaser
The team’s special movie is called the Tsunami and involves a lot of spinning and martial arts-style theme. Sato has the Quaffle with the Takahashi sisters flanking him when two of the opponents’ Chasers and one Beater scream. Sato does a spinning trick to avoid the screaming players. Sato then passes the Quaffle to Tanaka, who passes to Suzuki. Suzuki kicks an opponent and then throws the Quaffle to Tanaka, who kicks it in to score. Suzuki kicks it in again and strikes a pose on his broom, earning 20 points.
The Quidditch pitch consists of water with a bridge across. The goalposts are tall, so the teams have to go up a bit to score.
- Asgard Pettersson – Beater
- Asgeir Knutsen – Beater
- Lorre Gustafson – Chaser
- Martin Helstrom – Keeper
- Olaf Anderson – Chaser
- Peter Hansen – Chaser
- Tina Lundstrom – Seeker and Captain
The Nordic team’s special move, called the Beyond Blizzard, starts with three Chasers doing flips in the air, making streams of icy fog. The opposing team’s Chasers close their eyes, and Gustafson scores. He then goes behind the goalposts and passes the Quaffle back to Hansen, who scores, earning the team a total of 20 points.
Their Quidditch pitch is made completely of ice, closed in by large glaciers. It is nearly always snowing.
- Ana de Lebrón – Chaser
- Carmen García – Chaser
- Chavelle Arbelo Cartaya – Chaser
- Inigo Fuente Marreno – Seeker
- Tiago Montoya – Beater
- Vasco Santini – Beater
The team’s special move exhibits elements of dancing and bullfighting. García makes a powerful throw and jumps to one end of his broom while lifting the Quaffle up into the air. Lebrón catches the Quaffle, spins, and throws to Cartaya, who hits it into the goal with his broom and shouts “¡Sí!” earning 10 points.
Their Quidditch pitch is built in an old castle or arena and has a dusty surface, much like a bullfighting ring.
- Ariel Singleton – Seeker
- Debbie Muntz – Chaser
- Gianni Fedele – Chaser and Captain
- Greg Ruczinski – Beater
- Ralph Heidelberger – Keeper
- Robert Green – Chaser
- Troy Duvall – Beater
The team’s special move resembles basketball and is called the Harlem Shuffle, as an homage to the Muggle basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters. First, Fedele spins the Quaffle atop his finger, shouting to his fellow Chasers, “Get ready, guys!” He passes the Quaffle to Green, who dribbles it back and forth on his broomstick for a few moments before passing it to Muntz. He plays Monkey in the Middle with the other team’s Chaser laughing. She throws it to Fedele, who throws it to Green, who scores by throwing the Quaffle behind the goalpost while diving off of his broomstick. Muntz takes the Quaffle and scores again, totaling 20 points.
Their Quidditch pitch resembles an American football field, with floating pumpkins around. It resembles a place in New England.
- When you win the World Cup, it unlocks the game’s secret mode, Queerditch Marsh. This is an Exhibition mode between Hogwarts teams at the special Queerditch Marsh venue, which is the birthplace of Quidditch. The location is also multiplayer enabled.
- The four models of broomsticks available are Comet 260 (Easy), Nimbus 2000 (Medium), Kovi Nimbus 2001 (Hard), and Firebolt (Very Hard).
- Ireland is not included in the game as a playable team despite being the canonical team to win the 1994 Quidditch World Cup.
- It is the only audiovisual production in all of the Harry Potter franchise in which characters talk directly to the camera. In the introduction of this game, we see Harry and Oliver Wood dressed in their Gryffindor Quidditch team uniforms instructing the player how to use the basic commands and objectives of the gameplay. All of the Hogwarts teams introduce themselves to the player (and so does one member of each available country), with Harry, Draco, Cho, and Cedric giving the player instructions and commenting on how good or bad they performed.
- A simplified rendition of the Game Boy Advance version of Quidditch World Cup is included as a minigame in the Nintendo DS version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, using the same control scheme. Only Hogwarts teams are present, however.
- In the Game Boy Advance version, the Hogwarts Inter-House Cup schedule is not the same as what is known of the school schedule. For example, Gryffindor plays the other three Houses in the order of Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff in the Game Boy Advance version. However, in the books, the Gryffindor team played in the order of Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw from at least 1991–1997 and likely more years before and after.
“Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup Review” – By Frank Provo | GameSpot | December 19, 2003
“Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup – PC – Review” – By jkdmedia | GameZone | May 4, 2012
“HARRY POTTER: QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP REVIEW” – By Matt Casamassina | IGN | November 7, 2003