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Like in real life and Fast & Furious, vehicles are modified with custom parts to customize various aspects of the vehicle like speed, acceleration, control, etc., is it ever done with flying brooms in wizarding world of Harry Potter?

In Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone, we see that Prof. Quirell is trying to make the flying broom go crazy while Prof. Snape trying to counter it. Thus, it is possible to modify the flying broom.

Has this possibility utilized to enhance the performance of the flying broom?

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    Previously on Pimp my Ride – Shevliaskovic Feb 2 '15 at 9:41
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    @Shevliaskovic - You may laugh, but see below. – Valorum Feb 2 '15 at 9:50
  • Have you seen Moody's broom? – Captain Cold Feb 2 '15 at 10:50
  • Moody's broom looks like it has more of cosmetic mods rather than performance based mods – GuruGulabKhatri Feb 2 '15 at 10:55
  • it would be much nicer, if the brooms came with cup holder or can be fitted later on... :) – RicoRicochet Feb 24 '15 at 8:42
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Seen in a "blink and you'll miss it" scene in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (in The Weasley's Joke Emporium) was the Broom Broom Kit, promising to...

Bling up your broom!

...with a custom pointed nosecone, spoiler and rocket booster.

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Additionally, Alastor Moody's broom appears to have a number of after-market modificiations. That said, it's not immediately clear if these enhance the performance of the broom.

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  • Hermione gives Harry a kit to take care of his broom, and in the kit it comes with a few addons, like a compass and a few sliver "tailpipes" basically. – Himarm Feb 3 '15 at 14:41
  • I get this strange feeling that the addons you can get from the weasley's shop would more of a prank-y tipe mod, instead of actually enhancing performance. – LepelLeLama Feb 4 '15 at 8:21
  • @LepelLeLama - The nosecone and spoiler certainly seem stupid. – Valorum Feb 4 '15 at 9:46
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Yes

In the movies, of course, there are a variety of modifications, as detailed in the other answers. However, we also have some evidence from the books. Harry once received a broomstick servicing kit that contained a few interesting items:

There was a large jar of Fleetwood's High-Finish Handle Polish, a pair of gleaming silver Tail-Twig Clippers, a tiny brass compass to clip on your broom for long journeys, and a Handbook of Do-It-Yourself Broomcare.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The clip-on compass clearly counts as an after-market modification, though it is not for performance.

On the other hand, although not something that one must physically attach to the broom, the Tail-Twig Clippers suggest that people trim their brooms, presumably for performance.

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