Grab Your Broomstick and Fly to One of Bloomsbury’s Honorary Quidditch Towns
To celebrate the release of the illustrated edition of Quidditch Through the Ages, Bloomsbury has honored 11 towns and villages across the United Kingdom and Ireland that appear in the book.
Throughout this week, towns and villages featured in the Quidditch league in Quidditch Through the Ages will be presented with decorative banners celebrating their fictitious teams. The banners feature each team’s name and crest, along with the recognizable Quidditch hoops, and will be presented during mayoral ceremonies and socially distanced celebrations.
The 11 towns and villages being honored* by Bloomsbury are below:
- Appleby (Appleby Arrows)
- Ballycastle (Ballycastle Bats)
- Caerphilly (Caerphilly Catapults)
- Falmouth (Falmouth Falcons)
- Holyhead (Holyhead Harpies)
- Kenmare (Kenmare Kestrels)
- Montrose (Montrose Magpies)
- Portree (Pride of Portree)
- Tutshill (Tutshill Tornados)
- Wigtown (Wigtown Wanderers)
- Wimborne (Wimborne Wasps)
*Due to the local lockdown in Caerphilly, Wales, the town will be awarded its Honorary Quidditch Town status at a later date. In addition, anyone planning a visit to any of the Honorary Quidditch Towns should check the guidelines and rules of the government and local authorities before making the trip.
The first locations to receive their banners were Falmouth (Falmouth Falcons), Ballycastle (Ballycastle Bats), Holyhead (Holyhead Harpies), and Wigtown (Wigtown Wanderers). Speaking at the Falmouth ceremony, which took place at Pendennis Castle, town mayor Councillor Steve Eva revealed that he is looking forward to the joy the banner will bring to residents and visitors:
We’re delighted to be recognised as an Honorary Quidditch Town. Harry Potter’s favourite sport, Quidditch, brings joy to children and adults across the world, and this decorative banner, emblazoned with the town’s team colours, shows our support for our beloved Quidditch team.
To further celebrate the publication of Quidditch Through the Ages, illustrated by Emily Gravett, a spokesperson from Bloomsbury shared hopes that fans will be able to further immerse themselves in the magic of Quidditch by visiting the inspiration for the teams in the book.
We’re really proud to hold these ceremonies in towns and villages across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Quidditch captured the imaginations of children and adults across the world, and the new book, Quidditch Through the Ages, beautifully illustrated by Emily Gravett, is a magical companion for those who want to immerse themselves in the wizarding world of Harry Potter.”
Harry Potter fans can now unearth the real-life towns and villages inspiring the names of Quidditch teams, but we ask anyone planning a visit to these locations to first check national and local travel guidance on coronavirus to ensure their visit is made safely. For communities that are currently experiencing stricter measures, we encourage people to support their favourite Quidditch team virtually by visiting the official Harry Potter fan club, Wizarding World [Digital].
Along with the 11 muggle towns and villages, two fictitious towns have also been honored. Chudley (home of the Chudley Cannons) and Puddlemere (home of Puddlemere United) can also be found on Wizarding World Digital‘s list of 13 teams that fans can pledge their allegiance to.
Áine, an 11-year-old Potter fan from Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, shared her excitement at finding out she lives in an Honorary Quidditch Town.
I’m obsessed with Harry Potter and dream of playing Quidditch, so I’m really happy to find out that I now live in an Honorary Quidditch Town. I loved visiting the sign, and it’s great that Ballycastle has been honoured in this way.
We’re sure that there will be similar reactions from fans in the other ten Honorary Quidditch Towns across the UK and Ireland, and we can’t wait for each location to receive its banner when it is safe to do so. Will you be visiting these Honorary Quidditch Towns?