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International Quidditch Lessons

by David Haber

Quidditch, the Sport of Warlocks, is the most popular sport among witches and wizards in Europe, and is loved by Quidditch fans all over the world. But for newcomers to the sport, the quick-paced game may be confusing and hard to follow.

Quidditch is an easy game to understand. But before we dive into the lessons, you better take this...

As a public service to Quidditch fans everywhere, Beyond Hogwarts presents a lesson understanding Quidditch in serveral different languages, courtesy of the Harry Potter films.

Each team has seven players, three chasers, two beaters, one keeper, and a seeker. There are three kinds of balls. This one is called the quaffle...

Perhaps it would be better to let Hogwarts Quidditch hero Oliver Wood tell you in his own words. Click below to hear Oliver teach Harry Potter about Quidditch in six different languages:

Learn Quidditch in English
Learn Quidditch in Spanish
Learn Quidditch in French
Learn Quidditch in German
Learn Quidditch in Dutch
Learn Quidditch in Japanese

Or, if you just want to be able to follow the play-by-play of a game when you're watching Quidditch in a foreign country, listen to Oliver say the name for "Golden Snitch" in each language:


We knew he's extremely talented on the Quidditch pitch, but I bet you didn't know our favorite keeper was so multi-lingual! :-)

If you have a version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in another language than the ones included on this page, and you can make a copy of the soundtrack in a computer file or on a tape, please send us some feedback!

Published April 30, 2005

This article is Copyright © 2005, David Haber, and may not be reproduced on other web sites or in print, in whole or in part, without expressed permission

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