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I know there was a previous similar question related to the Seeker In Quidditch can the Seeker play more than one position.

However can the other members of a Quidditch team swap or play multiple roles during a game for example George and Fred could catch the quaffle and score a goal. Also Marcus Flint took the beater's bat and directs a bludger at Harry. Or would these violate the rules of the game?

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As there is a very subtle hint of a canon rule against the same, I would make an educated guess that you definitely can.

It often happens in team sports like soccer, etc where players switch roles (however rarely) depending on the game and the situation. So, Quidditch, being similar to a team sport, players would allowed to switch roles (except for that of the goalkeeper).

In fact, the subtle hint was from the book: "Quidditch through the Ages":

However, a fast Keeper may be able to score a goal and then return to his baskets in time to prevent the other team equalising.

So, they can switch places/locations in a field, but their role remains the same, as they have specialized equipment for each role, as opposed to a sport like soccer.

  • Other than the beaters' bats, there aren't any other equipment that are specialized for each role, so I guess as long as you give someone else your bat, you become a chaser and they become a beater. – ragingasiancoder Jul 1 '16 at 12:43
  • @ragingasiancoder Yeah. But, we can only guess. [AFAIK exchanging bats isn't a good idea mid-air especially with those bludgers zooming around] :) – Dawny33 Jul 1 '16 at 12:47
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Generally not

A number of common fouls are listed in Quidditch Through the Ages, with descriptions. Many of them have a description of the kind of player who commit them in parentheses. For example:

Name: Haversacking

Applies to: Chasers only

Description: Hand still on Quaffle as it goes through goal hoop (Quaffle must be thrown)

Quidditch Through the Ages

If only Chasers can commit this foul, this would seem to indicate that each position has a specific role. Even more telling is the description for "Quaffle-Pocking":

Name: Quaffle-pocking

Applies toChasers only

Description: Tampering with Quaffle, e.g., puncturing it so that it falls more quickly or zigzags

Quidditch Through the Ages

If only Chasers can commit the foul of tampering with the Quaffle, this should be a strong sign that anyone else touching the Quaffle (except the Keeper) is already a foul. On the other hand, the Keeper certainly can legally touch the Quaffle, and is not mentioned in this foul, which is an inconsistency regardless of how one looks at things.

Similarly, there are fouls that can only be committed by Keepers, related to guarding the goal, or by Beaters, related to hitting Bludgers, indicating that these other positions also have specific duties.

Most telling of all is the foul of stooging:

Name: Stooging

Applies to: Chasers only

Description: More than one Chaser entering the scoring area

Quidditch Through the Ages

Without a previously defined idea of who qualifies as a "Chaser," this rule would be meaningless (say, if Beaters could suddenly grab the Quaffle and switch to Chasers).

It is true that only the specific foul of a non-Seeker touching the Snitch is mentioned, but this is not surprising. The list is of common fouls, and certainly the heavy incentive for catching the Snitch could lead players such as Beaters or Chasers to abandon their positions. By contrast, a Seeker would be unlikely to leave the Snitch entirely for the other team in order to score a goal, and therefore such a foul would not bear mentioning.

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    When you think about it, the players themselves also have very different equipment depending on their role as well. The Seeker, for example, is quite lightweight and aims to be as fast as possible. The Beaters need to carry bats. The chasers and especially the Keeper are clad in quite hefty padding because they're the ones who are going to be taking the most hits over the course of the game. If two players suddenly switched roles, both would be incredibly disadvantaged against their respective opponents. – DisturbedNeo Jul 1 '16 at 9:09

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