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Australia, formerly known as the Antipodes,[1] is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It lies between the Indian and Pacific Ocean. The capital city of Australia is Canberra.[2]

Magical games and sports

A 1994 Quidditch World Cup attendee waving an Australian flag

Quidditch was believed to have become popular in Australia in the 18th century. Because large parts of the Australian outback is remote and uninhabited, they made ideal locations for Quidditch pitches. Australia also had its own National Quidditch team and National Quidditch Stadium. The Australian Quidditch League also included teams from other countries of Oceania.[3]

Emblem of theNational Quidditch team

Australian, just like many other Antipodean Quidditch players, were characterised by their speed and showmanship. Two dominating teams had so much enmity to each other that a popular response to an unlikely claim or boast arose in Australian wizarding community: "Yeah, and I think I'll volunteer to ref the next Thunderer–Warrior game."[3]

Australian Quidditch teams

Magical creatures

Native to Australia

Tropics

Creatures found in the tropical parts of Australia:

Indian Ocean

Creatures found throughout the Indian Ocean:

Pacific Ocean

Creatures found throughout the Pacific Ocean:

Worldwide

The following creatures were all found worldwide:

Magical history

Known locations

Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney

Australian desert

Cities

Landforms

Behind the scenes

  • Nina Young, who plays the Grey Lady, is an Australian actress.[6]
  • In Wonderbook: Book of Potions, Zygmunt Budge refers to Australia in a manner implying it was well known in Britain during his lifetime. This is either an anachronism (the first recorded European discovery of Australia was in 1606, roughly a century after Budge's work) or an indication that wizarding Britain discovered Australia earlier than the Muggles.
  • J. K. Rowling has confirmed that there is a wizarding school Australian wizards may attend, and confirmed that information on the school will be revealed in the future.[7]

External links

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Wonderbook: Book of Potions
  2. WP favicon.PNG Australia on Wikipedia
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 8 (The Spread of Quidditch Worldwide)
  4. In real-life, the spelling is Wollongong
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 6 (The Ghoul in Pyjamas)
  6. WP favicon.PNG Nina Young on Wikipedia
  7. J.K. Rowling teases Canadian, Australian Wizarding World schools' future reveal at SnitchSeeker
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