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Noriko Sato (さとう のりこ) was a Japanese witch who played as the Seeker for the 2014 Japanese National Quidditch team. She played in the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.

Biography

During the seventh round match of the 427th Quidditch World Cup, against Poland, Sato narrowly beat Polish Seeker, Wladyslaw Wolfke to the Snitch in the 59th minute.[3]

Japan beat Nigeria 270 to 100 in the quarter-final match. The turning point of the game was the staggeringly powerful shot hit by Hongo, one of the Japanese Beaters, that smashed the tail off Nigerian Seeker Samuel Equiano's broomstick. As Equiano span out of control, Sato soared through the middle of the action to seize the Snitch from the midst of distracted Nigerian players intent on saving their teammate in the 63rd minute.

Japan played Bulgaria in the semi-finals that took place on 6 July, but lost 610 to 460. The Snitch was spotted early in the game but a series of events resulted in neither team catching it. Boris Vulchanov, a Bulgarian Beater, deliberately intercepted a Bludger with his body to protect Viktor Krum, the Bulgerian Seeker. Vulchanov was knocked out and fell from his broom, only to be saved by Sato. Krum, instead of taking advantage of Sato's temporary incapacitation, Krum pulled up and let the Snitch go by. All three were commended for their great sportsmanship after Vulchanov regained consciousness. The Snitch appeared for the second time and Sato raced against Krum, but lost. Krum, however, refused to catch it because his team was so far behind. Later, Sato was led to believe that Krum was escaping Hongo's line of sight when he had really spotted the Snitch and dived for it, leading Bulgaria to victory.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Viktor Krum, born 1976, was the oldest player in the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.
  2. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Mahoutokoro" at Pottermore
  3. Pottermore - JAPAN_VERSUS_POLAND (Archived)


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Keeper
Raul Almeida · Ralph Heidelberger · Jonny Nuhaka · Lev Zograf · Denison Frisby · Bastien Janvier · Hermann Wiel · Barry Ryan · Tamotsu Iwamoto · Darren O'Hare · Martin Helstrom · Oliver Wood · Sendelina de la Felino · Merwyn Finwick · Parkin · Grenouille · Kquewanda Bailey · Lenelle Paraison
Chaser
Alejandra Alonso · Fernando Diaz · Gonçalo Flores · Debbie Muntz · Gianni Fedele · Robert Green · Kenneth Hastings · Maria Monteith · Matthew Echunga · Unidentified Ballycastle Bats Chaser · Alexei Levski · Clara Ivanova · Vasily Dimitrov · Dragomir Gorgovitch · Avery Hawksworth · Edric Vosper · Keaton Flitney · Hildegarde Lafarge · Josephine Marat · Mathilde Mallard · Igor Brand · Kursten Blijk · Kurt Todt · Ginny Weasley · Wilda Griffiths · Moran · Mullet · Troy · Noriyuki Sato · Ryotaro Tanaka · Yoshihiro Suzuki · Alasdair Maddock · Fabius Watkins · Lorre Gustafson · Olaf Andersen · Peter Hansen · Ladislaw Zamojski · Catriona McCormack · Ana de Lebron · Carmen Garcia · Chavelle Arbelo Cartaya · Joscelind Wadcock · Petrova Porskoff · Parkin (Chaser I) · Parkin (Chaser II) · Parkin (Chaser III) · Gunhilda Kneen · Radulf · Otmar Frick · Willi Wenzel · Quentin Kowalski · Clairvius Hyppolite · Elodie Dembélé
Beater
Carlos Clodoaldo · Rafael Santos · Greg Ruczinski · Troy Duvall · Kelly Whakkaarangapawarau · Kylie Meadows · Finbar Quigley · Ivan Volkov · Pyotr Vulchanov · Joey Jenkins · Dawn Withey · Indira Choudry · Karl Broadmoor · Kevin Broadmoor · Alain Lacroix · Ninon Saucet · Elena Eldritch · Glockenspieler · Hesser · Katrina von Glockenspieler · Gwenog Jones · Connolly · Quigley · Minaka Hirakata · Keiko Takahashi · Asgard Pettersson · Asgeir Knutsen · Tiago Montoya · Dimitar Draganov · Vasco Santini · Parkin (Beater I) · Parkin (Beater II) · Ludo Bagman · Quintia Qarase · Narinder Singh · Ugga · Mercy Ojukwu · Aliko Okoye · Jean-Baptiste Bloncourt
Seeker
Tony Silva · Ariel Singleton · Maximus Brankovitch III · Gregory Cotton · Lucy Karoonda · Viktor Krum · Galvin Gudgeon · Blythe Parkin · Roderick Plumpton · Cybèle Peltier · Konrad Weiss · Josef Wronski · Glynnis Griffiths · Aidan Lynch · Shizuka Watanabe · Eunice Murray · Lennox Campbell · Tina Lundstrom · Benjy Williams · Dougal McBride · Inigo Fuente Marrero · Parkin · Joseph Snuka · Samuel Equiano · Bruno Bruunhart · Jacques Miskine · Darius Smackhammer · Shanice Higgins · Sylvian Jolicoeur · Luciano Volpi
Unknown Position
Arnold Vogler · Millie Gudabi · Goodwin Kneen · Dai Llewellyn · Gwenog
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