Professional Quidditch Stadiums of Britain
Teams in Britain do not have their own home fields for matches. Instead, Quidditch stadiums have been erected on a number of deserted moors. Players and fans come from all over Britain to attend these matches. Various charms and magical effects have been used to prevent Muggles from accidentally discovering these stadiums.
Known Quidditch Pitches of Britain
Location of the famous match of 1884 in which a Snitch escaped after eluding capture by the Seekers for six months of play. The Snitch is said to be living wild on the moor still.
Exmoor National Park is the home of a new Quidditch stadium, which was originally covered with an Invisibility Charm (fans were advised to collect Re-Visibility Spectacles from the ticket sellers so they would be able to see the stadium and the match). Things didn't work out very well with the Invisibility Charm, however, and fans complained that they couldn't see their seats, let alone the match. As a result, the charm has since been lifted with plans to instead try a special "Ministry of Magic Fog" (DP).
"Exmoor National Park is situated in the counties of Devon and Somerset in southwest England; Exeter is 40 km (30 miles) to the south and Taunton 20 km (13 miles) from the eastern boundary." [ Exmoor National Park]
As happens on occasion, a recent match here had to be relocated when Muggles were camping near the stadium (DP).
The location of Ellis Moor is unknown.
This stadium recently hosted a match between Puddlemere United and the Holyhead Harpies. Bad feelings between the two teams threatened to result in violence and the Ministry of Magic took the unusual step of confiscating fans' wands at the gate (DP), though according to Quidditch Through the Ages, this was actually a violation of the spectators' civil rights (QA6).
Fans were advised to cheer quietly because Muggles occasionally come looking for the source of the all the noise (DP).
A steam railroad crosses the North York Moors, and along that line you will find the station at Goathland which doubled for Hogsmeade Station in the first two films. North York Moors National Park is in eastern Yorkshire, bordering on the North Sea. [ Moors]
Primary editor: John Kearns. Original page date 27 May, 2004; Last page update 14 March 2014 SVA.