"We enjoyed a spirited game of Kwidditch last Saturday night, though poor Gunhilda was not up to playing Catcher, and we had to use Radulf the blacksmith instead. The team from Ilkley played well though was no match for us, for we had been practising hard all month and scored forty-two times."
Goodwin Kneen to his Norwegian cousin Olaf in a twelfth century letter.[src]

Ilkley is a civil parish in West Yorkshire, in the north of England. Since medieval times, it has had a part-wizard part-Muggle population.

In the 12th century, a team from Ilkley played a "Kwidditch" match against Goodwin Kneen's team. This match was recorded in a letter from the latter to his cousin Olaf, currently on the Norwegian Ministry of Magic archives.[1]

After the International Statute of Secrecy, wizards continued to live in Ilkley to rely on each other for mutual support, living alongside the Muggle population.[2]

By the late 1990s, there was a Quidditch stadium on the nearby moorland.[3]

In local wizarding parlance, Grypts (that is, Grindylow larvae) are called "Pollywiggle".[4]


Notes and references

  1. Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 3 (The Game from Queerditch Marsh)
  2. Hogsmeade is the only all wizarding British settlement. Therefore, Muggles must exist in this town.
  3. Daily Prophet Newsletters
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition
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