A village in Gloucestershire has become the first to be given ‘Honorary Quidditch Town’ status, as reality caught up with fiction in a quirky ceremony earlier today.
The local district councillor for the village of Tutshill, which nestles on the English side of the River Wye just over the Severn Bridge from Bristol, accepted the honour, which has been issued to mark the village’s contribution and mention in the fictional sport in the world of Harry Potter books and films.
The Tutshill Tornadoes are one of 13 teams in the British and Irish league in JK Rowling’s wizarding world, and apparently won the League Cup five times in a row, apparently.
JK Rowling grew up in Yate in South Gloucestershire, before moving to Tutshill at the age of nine, where she lived in a listed cottage at the very end of the Forest of Dean, which she secretly bought back a couple of years ago.
The village and the Forest of Dean as a whole plays a prominent part in the world of Harry Potter – the magical village of Godric’s Hollow, where Harry was born, is in the Forest of Dean, as was much of the story in the latter books as Harry returns to discover more about his past.
And so, with the publication of the illustrated edition of Quidditch Through The Ages, a booked written by JK Rowling and illustrated by Emily Gravett, the publishers are holding ceremonies to bestow upon the 11 real towns featured in the Quidditch league, the title of Honorary Quidditch Town.
Tutshill is a pretty small village, and its district councillor Nick Evans said he was delighted to receive the honour.
The ceremony took place in the churchyard at St Luke’s Church in Tutshill, with local schoolchildren present and an official banner being unveiled to mark the village’s new status.