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  Potter stars meet fans at Quidditch World Cup
Updated 21 December 2003, 18.32
The Potter cast meet the players
Harry Potter fans from around the world donned their Hogwart's robes to take part in the first-ever Quidditch World Cup.

Clare Youell reports.



A bunch of nervous kids dressed in Hogwart's robes getting ready to play their favourite game...

It could be a game of Quidditch straight out of Harry Potter itself, except for one tiny detail.

These players have a console instead of a broomstick.

Gryffindor robes

The Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup game
It's the finals of the Quidditch World Cup 2003 gaming event and the atmosphere is electric. Not only because it's the final but because some of the cast are there to present the trophies.

There's TV crews from all over the world interviewing the kids who've reached the final, who are all dressed in scarlet Gryffindor robes with the name of their country embroidered on the back in gold.

'I'm nervous'

Ryan, 10, is the UK contestant. He had to beat loads of other kids to get to the final. "I am both excited and nervous all mixed together," he said. "I want to win. I think I've got quite a good chance because I've been practising a lot. I'm a really big Harry Potter fan."

Ryan was the British contestant
Suddenly... arghhhhhhhh!

We're interrupted by mayhem as the Potter cast members arrive. There's Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy, Matthew Lewis who plays Neville Longbottom and James and Oliver Phelps who are Fred and George Weasley.

Joining them are Bonnie Wright (Ginny), Devon Murray (Seamus Finnegan) and Josh Herdman (Goyle).

Heart-throb Tom Felton, looking pretty different with a new skinhead haircut, said he was amazed by the Quidditch World Cup. "It's a good game, we're very impressed with it," he said.

The potter boys are all keen gamers
"I'm not quite as good as Malfoy is at the real Quidditch. Malfoy's the bomb at Quidditch, isn't he? I'm excited to be here - England's got to take the pride hasn't it really? After the rugby, we might as well take one more kicking."

'I'll lose!'

Matthew Lewis added: "This is mental. It's good fun though as obviously you can't play Quidditch in real life. It's just so addictive. Its like FIFA football only it's more magical and you can fly."

Twins James and Oliver Phelps love the game too. There was nearly a family row when they were asked who was better at Quidditch but James insisted it was him! Eventually Oliver admitted it was true.

"I don't really want to play the champions here in case I get shown up but if anyone challenges me to a game I'll be happy to lose to them - ha!" Oliver laughed.

'Ecstatic'

Tom Felton: I'm not as good at Quidditch as Malfoy
Then the cast gathered around with the huge crowds to watch the tournament. The players were very nervous but determined too.

Every time someone scored a goal the crowds cheered, and they went wild if someone caught the snitch!

In the end, it wasn't Britain's day, but the cup went to a very happy Hidenori Tanaka from Japan. "He was ecstatic, he was so happy," a spokesman for makers EA Games said.

But we'll give the final word to Slytherin's star Quidditch player, Draco Malfoy.

"I cant believe they've actually made a game of it," Tom Felton said. "It was a sort of a joke we used to make on the first film, that one day we'd actually be going to a Quidditch World Cup, and now here we are!

"It's amazing,"

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