The Holyhead Harpies is an all-female Quidditch team that plays in the British and Irish Quidditch League. The team is based in the town of Holyhead, which is located in the northwest of Wales. The team was founded in 1203, making them the second-oldest team in the league.[1]

The Harpies playing robes are dark green with a gold talon emblazoned on the chest. They are unique among Quidditch teams in that they only hire women to play for them. With the exception of Valmai Morgan, all known members of the team have either first or last names that begin with the letter 'G'.


Early history

In 1203 the team was founded.

One of the highlights of the Harpies History occurred in 1953, when they defeated the Heidelberg Harriers of Germany in a match that lasted seven days. At the end of the match, the Captain of the Harriers Rudolf Brand proposed marriage to his opposing Captain, Gwendolyn Morgan, who subsequently concussed him with her broomstick.

Recent history


Gwenog Jones

Gwenog Jones, former captain of the Harpies

In June 1986 Jones started playing for the Harpies after graduating from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Daily Prophet claims that nobody dares to disagree with Harpies' "brilliant but dangerous" Captain Gwenog Jones.[2]

Early in the year, the Harpies were scheduled to play the Wimbourne Wasps in Exmoor.

Valmai Morgan, the replacement Chaser for Wilda Griffiths who joined Puddlemere United, scored ten goals in one game, helping the Harpies to victory (presumably against the Wasps).

The Harpies played Puddlemere United at Ilkey Moor. Wands were confiscated at the gates, as crowd trouble was anticpated. Many fans handed over dummy wands, however. Puddlemere's Chaser Wilda Griffiths disappeared midway through the match. A riot broke out and fans of both sides used their wands. Gwenog Jones was held in custody after the game.

On 1 October 1999, the Harpies were 9th in the League.[2]


"Ginny Weasley, stuck with her athletic career, playing for the Holyhead Harpies, the all-female Quidditch team."
—J.K. Rowling regarding Ginny's life in the future[src]
Ginny Weasley (HBP promo) 5

Ginny Weasley, a former member of the team

Around the early 2000s Ginny Weasley began playing for the Harpies. It's most likely she started playing for the team as a Chaser.

By 2014, Gwenog Jones had retired from the Holyhead Harpies, and had become the manager of the Welsh National Quidditch Team. Shortly before the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, Gwenog Jones threatened to "curse the face off" rival Brazilian manager José Barboza, when he called her Chasers "talentless hags" (a comment that he later insisted had been taken out of context). During the Brazil-Wales quarter-final match, she showed up to the game in an 'It Should Have Been Haiti' T-shirt and was prevented from entering the stadium, therefore missing the first ten minutes of the game. She later ended up in custody when, after Brazilian Seeker Tony Silva caught the Snitch and won the game, she attempted to curse off Barboza's face in the packed stadium and was dragged away by her own Beaters.

Behind the scenes

  • One famous Beater Gwenog Jones was once a member of the Slug Club at Hogwarts and gave Horace Slughorn free tickets to any game upon request, although he had not been in contact with her for over a year upon his return to Hogwarts.[3]
  • The Holyhead Harpies is Ginny Weasley's favourite Quidditch team.
  • Ginny Weasley played for the Holyhead Harpies before having children and becoming senior Quidditch Correspondent at the Daily Prophet.
  • This is the only all-female Quidditch team mentioned in the series.
  • In Greek mythology, "Harpies" were monsters that were part woman, part bird. The literal meaning of the word seems to be "that which snatches". In modern times, "harpy" can also be an unflattering term for a woman.[4]
    • Harpies may exist in the Harry Potter universe, like many other legendary creatures. It is possible that in the Harry Potter universe, "Harpy" is actually another name for transformed Veela, whose birdlike forms are very similar, both in appearance and behaviour, to mythological harpies.


Notes and references

  1. Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 7 (Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Daily Prophet Newsletters
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn)
  4. "Harpy" on Merriem-Webster
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