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US beats Belgium to win (Quidditch) World Cup

FLORENCE: Already bored of the soccer World Cup with its single ball, earth-bound players and tiresome reliance on the laws of physics? More than 6,000 km away from Moscow, in the Italian city of Florence, the United States swept to victory on Sunday in a much more magical contest - the Quidditch World Cup, based on the game dreamt up in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. More than 800 players from as far afield as Iceland and Hong Kong took part in the tournament - the largest yet staged in the muggle universe.…

Wizards, witches and quidditch: Harry Potter turns 20

Dressed in a long black gown and holding a wand, George Massingham is keen for everyone to know he is a Harry Potter super fan. If he isn't doing Professor Severus Snape, the mysterious potions master at Hogwarts School, the 27-year-old likes to dress in some other costume relating to J.K. Rowling’s fantastical world of witches and wizards. Massingham said of his colleagues: "They don't react as much now as they used to. They just sort of go 'oh, you're wearing that again'." Monday marks 20 years since the release of…