Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Characters/Hassan Mostafa

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Hassan Mostafa
Gender Male
Hair color Unknown, dark or black
Eye color Unknown, probably brown
Related Family Unknown
Loyalty Quidditch

Overview[edit | edit source]

Hassan Mostafa is the referee for the Quidditch World Cup in Harry's fourth year.

Role in the Books[edit | edit source]

Beginner warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.

Goblet of Fire[edit | edit source]

Hassan Mostafa is introduced as the referee in the 422nd Quidditch World Cup. As expected of a referee, he keeps order on the pitch, but is at one point distracted by the Bulgarian team mascots, Veelas, who take the form of infinitely desirable young women. Recovering his senses, he orders that the team mascots be removed from the pitch, but is unsuccessful in this demand. Her returns to officiating, and continues until the game ends with Ireland defeating Bulgaria.

Strengths[edit | edit source]

Quidditch at the World Cup level is an almost insanely fast sport, and Mostafa is apparently the sole official monitoring the game. (If he has linemen to assist him, they are not mentioned.) As such, he must be an exceptionally strong flyer, and additionally must be extremely observant. Further, he must be impartial in order to be a referee, but that may be situational rather than inherent in his character.

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Mostafa's being ensnared by the Veela implies a weakness specific to a class of spells, specifically control and coercion spells such as the Confundus and Imperius curse. Many wizards seem to have this particular vulnerability, most notably Ron.

Relationships with Other Characters[edit | edit source]

Analysis[edit | edit source]

One might wonder what purpose is served by introducing this character for one chapter, as he does seem to fall off the stage even before the Irish team's victory lap. However, there is purpose in his adventures; notably, he is used to show just how powerful the attraction of the Veela can be. This attraction will prove to be an issue for Ron later in the fourth book, and will continue to be a problem as the granddaughter of a Veela ends up joining the Weasley family.

Questions[edit | edit source]

Study questions are meant to be left for each student to answer; please don't answer them here.

Greater Picture[edit | edit source]

Intermediate warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.