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Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup is a Harry Potter video game released by Electronic Arts in 2003. Since there wasn't a new Harry Potter film in that year, this Quidditch-themed game was presumably created to fill the gap.

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  • Adaptation Name Change: Slytherin's Keeper is named Kevin Bletchley. In the novels his first name is Miles.
  • Artificial Stupidity: One of the requirements for unlocking Germany's Team Special is to win when the other team catches the Snitch. Sound easy? It is, but the "best" part is actually letting the other team catch the Snitch. Long story short, they take FOREVER to catch it.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: The game includes Cho Chang, Cedric Diggory, and Viktor Krum at a time when those characters had only ever appeared in the books. Thus, their designs do not correspond with the actors who would play them in the Goblet of Fire film two years later.
  • Endless Game: In a way, the game can be this. You cannot end the game until you catch the Snitch, and you cannot catch the Snitch until the Snitch bar at the top of the screen meets, which progresses according to how many times you pass the Quaffle. So if you play without passing, it can take forever to ever get to the Snitch-catching itself. And when you get a Bludger or Team Special Move, you can significantly reverse the progress of the Snitch bar…
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  • Rubber-Band A.I.: If you dominate the other team to the point where when the Snitch-catching starts, they have little to no Snitch/boost bar, there's at least a chance for the opposing Seeker to come out of nowhere and take the Snitch JUST before you can.
  • Toros y Flamenco: The Spanish team members are dressed as bullfighters, their stadium is a bullring and they SCREAM!!!, don't talk.
  • Unlockable Difficulty Levels: The game features four levels, only two of which are unlocked at the start. Comet 260 is the lowest level, Nimbus 2000 is the medium difficulty, Nimbus 2001 is hard, and Firebolt is expert. Nimbus 2001 and Firebolt require several Quidditch Cards to unlock.
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