Like in real life and the 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 the wizarding world of Harry Potter?

In Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone, we see that Prof. Quirrell 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 Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 9:41
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    @Shevliaskovic - You may laugh, but see below.
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 9:50
  • Have you seen Moody's broom?
    – user931
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 10:50
  • Moody's broom looks like it has more of cosmetic mods rather than performance based mods Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 10:55
  • it would be much nicer, if the brooms came with cup holder or can be fitted later on... :) Commented Feb 24, 2015 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
    Commented Feb 3, 2015 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. Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 8:21
  • @LepelLeLama - The nosecone and spoiler certainly seem stupid.
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 9:46
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    Now I wonder what the "tank" on Moody's broom holds. Sure, made to look like a Harley with a peanut tank, but...
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 19:04
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    @ZeissIkon - Almost certainly booze
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 19:08


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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