I have been reading Harry Potter for a while now and a question popped into my head out of nowhere. How does the Bludger fly in Quidditch?

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    i assumed the same way brooms do, magic. which would then pose the question why the Snitch needs wings
    – Memor-X
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 23:41
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    ..... well, it would have to be magic, wouldn't it?
    – Radhil
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 23:41
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    Quickly. And hard. Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 23:50
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    @Memor-X The Snitch has wings because it replaced the Golden Snidget, a bird which was the “original” Snitch, and was released in Quidditch games until the sport’s popularity made it endangered.
    – Obsidia
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 0:24

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They’re enchanted to fly.

The first Bludgers were rocks that were enchanted to fly around.

“Could he have been a Creaothceann player? Was it his idea to bewitch heavy rocks to zoom dangerously around the pitch, inspired by the boulders used in his native game?”
- Quidditch Through the Ages

While the modern Bludger is metal instead of rock, they’re still enchanted to behave the way they do.

“Bludgers are bewitched to chase players indiscriminately. If left to their own devices, they will attack the player closest to them, hence the Beaters’ task is to knock the Bludgers as far away from their own team as possible.”
- Quidditch Through the Ages

This would presumably still include their ability to fly.

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