Since Quidditch players are allowed wands, as evidenced when Harry used the Patronus Charm in Prisoner of Azkaban to fend off 100+ dementors, does that imply that they can use Accio to summon the Snitch? Or did Dumbledore or Madam Hooch see this problem through and placed the Snitch under an Anti-Theft Charm so as to prevent the capturing of the Snitch so easily?

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    Uh what? Where does he fend off 100+ dementors? He uses his wand to defend against three fake dementors in the middle of a game, but...
    – Mithical
    Apr 15, 2017 at 18:52
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    Yes. So... Why did you write 100+ when it was three fake ones? O_o
    – Mithical
    Apr 15, 2017 at 19:10
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    What do you mean? The dementors in this case were the Slytherins dressed up.
    – Mithical
    Apr 15, 2017 at 19:13
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    Even if you don't believe the dementors in question weren't real dementors, please at least fix the question with respect to the number.
    – Glen_b
    Apr 16, 2017 at 2:32
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    I thought there were hundreds of them at one qudditch game that caused Harry to pass out. Why do I have a memory of this number too? He didn't "fend them off" though.
    – syntonicC
    Apr 16, 2017 at 4:26

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The rules of Quidditch clearly state that wanded magic must not be used on the balls.

Players may take their wands onto the pitch, but they must not be used on or against any players, any players' broomsticks, the referee, any of the four balls, or the spectators.

Quidditch through the Ages

Given the temptation to cheat and the trivial ease with which an "anti-accio" spell can be cast, it's reasonable to assume that the Snitch is also proofed against simple summoning charms, even if it wasn't already an immediate forfeit to cheat by summoning it.

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    If you count the Dementors as spectators then Harry definitely broke the rules.
    – Pharap
    Apr 16, 2017 at 2:10
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    @Pharap No, they are the specters.
    – Yakk
    Apr 16, 2017 at 2:55

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