World Cup Stadium
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
In GoF, Harry,
Hermione, and the Weasley attend the 422nd International Quidditch World Cup.
Below are some excerpts and quotes from book four that describe the extravagant
stadium the Quidditch match took place in.
They walked through the wood
for twenty minutes, talking and joking loudly, until at last they emerged on the
other side and found themselves in the shadow of a gigantic stadium. Though
Harry could see only a fraction of the immense gold walls surrounding the field,
he could tell that ten cathedrals could fit comfortably inside it.
“Seats a hundred
thousand,” said Mr. Weasley, spotting the awestruck look no Harry’s face.
“Ministry task force of five hundred have been working on it all year. Muggle
Repelling Charms on every inch of it. Anytime Muggles have gotten anywhere near
here all year, they’ve suddenly remembered urgent appointments and had to dash
away again… bless them,” he added fondly, leading the way toward the nearest
entrance, which was already surrounded by a swarm of shouting witches and
“Prime seats!” said the
Ministry witch at the entrance when she checked their tickets. “Top box!
Straight upstairs, Arthur, and as high as you can go.”
The stairs into the stadium
were carpeted in rich purple. They clambered toward the rest of the crowd, which
slowly filtered away through the doors to the stands to their left and right.
Mr. Weasley’s party kept climbing, and at last they reached the top of the
staircase and found themselves in a box, set at the highest point of the stadium
and situated exactly halfway between the golden goal posts. About twenty
purple-and-gilt chairs stood in two rows here, and Harry, filing into the front
seats with the Weasleys, looked down upon a scene the likes of which he could
never have imagined.
A hundred thousand witches and wizards were taking their places in the seats,
which rose in levels around the long oval field. Everything was suffused with a
mysterious golden light, which seemed to come from the stadium itself. The field
looked smooth as velvet from their lofty position. At either end of the field
stood three goal hoops, fifty feet high; right opposite them, almost at
Harry’s eye level, was a gigantic blackboard. Gold writing kept dashing across
it as though an invisible giant’s hand were scrawling upon the blackboard and
then wiping it off again; watching it, Harry saw that it was flashing
advertisements across the field.