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"The ICWQC has the unlucky job of regulating this contentious and anarchic competition."
— Description[src]

The International Confederation of Wizards Quidditch Committee (ICWQC) was an international regulatory body, subject to the International Confederation of Wizards, that oversaw international Quidditch competitions, such as the World Cup. Namely, it located suitable venues, arranged transportation for spectators, and provided policing for the games themselves.[1] It was also the ICWQC that chose the referees for World Cup matches.[1]


The ICWQC was created following the implementation of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy in 1692, which made the Quidditch World Cup a security risk, as the mass congregation of so many wizards entailed exposure to Muggles. Following mass protests and threats to the International Confederation of Wizards, this committee was set up to deal with the most problematic logistical issues.[1]

Regulations on the size and nature of national team mascots in the World Cups had long been a source of debate at the highest levels of the ICWQC. In 1995, a motion to restrict mascots to "herbivores, creatures smaller than a cow and nothing that breathes fire" was defeated by an overwhelming majority, and Quidditch supporters have been resistant to any meddling as far as team mascots are concerned.[3]

The Committee frowned upon the ceremonial burning of their broomsticks by Japanese teams following a defeat as a waste of good wood.[4]

Behind the scenes

  • In Quidditch Through the Ages, the name of this committee is given as "International Confederation of Wizards' Quidditch Committee" (note the apostrophe). On Pottermore, it is given without the possessive case.


Notes and references

International Confederation of Wizards
International Confederation of Wizards' Conference
Supreme Mugwump
Pierre Bonaccord · Cottismore Croyne · Sidley Smirk Platter · Anton Vogel · Vicência Santos · Albus Dumbledore · Babajide Akingbade
Momolu Wotorson · Ya Zhou · Heinrich Eberstadt (Switzerland) · Albus Dumbledore (Great Britain)
Other employees
Hector Podmore (Great Britain) · Rudolph Spielman · Arnold Guzman (USA) · Ida Webb (Great Britain) · Royston Idlewind · Mentor Metaxas · Constance Pickering (Great Britain) · Mathilda Grimblehawk (Great Britain)
Divisions and posts
Calamity World Centre · Department of Aurors · Educational Office · Head of Incarceration · High Council · Quidditch Committee · International Director · International Task Force · Security Advisor · Statute of Secrecy Task Force
Incarceration Carriage
Candidates' Dinner · Selection Ceremony · The walk of the Qilin