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Quidditch is a sport from the Harry Potter series of books, where participants ride broomsticks and attempt to force balls through hoops suspended on top of long poles and/or catch a self-propelled ball called the Golden Snitch. Always use in conjunction with the [harry-potter] tag and any relevant tags.

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Who captained Gryffindor during the final game in Half-Blood Prince?

Harry was put in detention by Snape for using the Sectumsempra curse on Malfoy. So Ginny had to play seeker in the last game. As Harry was the captain of the side before he was made unavailable due to ...
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Would it be possible if someone knew Legilimency and was on the Quidditch Team, to cheat because you could read the opponents minds? [closed]

If I was writing a fanfic, and my own character knew Legilimency and Occlumency and the teachers knew, would they say anything to her? Also, my character doesn't require a wand to use Legilimency. ...
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If the seeker only touches the snitch, would that count as catching it?

From the explanation on flesh memories from Rufus Scrimgeour, it seems as if the first seeker to touch the snitch wins the game. "Correct," said Scrimgeour. "A Snitch is not touched by ...
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Can Chasers just fly through Quidditch hoops while holding the Quaffle in order to score?

In Harry Potter, Quidditch matches involve Chasers attempting to score 10 points at a time by throwing the Quaffle through one of the three hoops at the appropriate end of the Quidditch pitch. Said ...
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The punishment is small and the reward is high, so why not foul the Seeker?

The Seeker is key to winning a game of Quidditch. If your team doesn't have a Seeker and the opposing team does, then the opposing team can only ever lose by surrendering. Unless there's a huge skill ...
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How did Oliver Wood wake the girls on his Quidditch team?

So I was rereading CoS when I came to a bit that I found weird. In the part where the Gryffindor Quidditch team were practicing at the crack of dawn and they find out that Draco is a Seeker for ...
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Are students required to attend Quidditch matches?

Given that students from all houses attend Quidditch matches, whether their house is playing or not, can it be concluded that matches are compulsory for students? In The Half Blood Prince, Harry says ...
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Can you score in Quidditch with a Bludger?

I think I recall a Bludger counting as a point in either the movie or the Quiddich video game, but I can't recall for sure. Is there any evidence for or against this assertion that a Bludger can ...
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Who's in charge of selecting the Quidditch Captain?

We see that in his sixth year, Harry is made captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Who selects the Quidditch Captain for each house? Would it just be McGonagall as she is the Head of the House of ...
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How often are Quidditch games won because of the Snitch being caught?

Most of the Quidditch games we see in the Harry Potter movies end with someone catching the Snitch (and winning). How often do Quidditch games end without the Snitch being caught? (I don't expect an ...
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How is the team name order determined for House Quidditch games at Hogwarts?

How is the team name order determined for the House Quidditch games at Hogwarts? For example, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone they announce a match as Lee: Hello, and welcome to ...
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Where is the Quidditch Cup stored?

In Chapter Nineteen of Order of the Phoenix we have the following statement from Professor McGonagall: “I think you’ve got enough to be getting on with at the moment,” she said loftily. Nobody ...
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What has happened with the broom riding class in the Harry Potter books? [duplicate]

Aside from the very first novel I didn't find any mentioning of the broom riding classes. In the first book Malfoy taunts Harry in this class to get into the air with him, which after a series of ...
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How did Dobby curse the Bludger?

In Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Dobby tries to keep Harry out of school, and when that fails, Dobby tried to injure Harry so he would leave. We know that he tampered with a Bludger so it ...
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Are there any differences between school level, club level and international level Quidditch?

Are there known differences between the different levels of quidditch play? For instance, bludgers hitting harder and snitches being faster or more mobile for higher level play?
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How come Quidditch isn't more dangerous?

In the Harry Potter books Quidditch is played on broomsticks at an altitude high enough for falls to seriously injure or kill. A fall of 30 meters is usually fatal, and Quidditch players in the movies ...
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If being "unseated" by a bludger is a common occurrence, why did everyone freak out about Harry falling off of his broom?

On several occasions in the early Harry Potter books we're told that the purpose of a Bludger is to unseat riders from their brooms. The Bludgers rocket around trying to knock riders off their brooms ...
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What teams play in the Quidditch World Cup?

Given that Quidditch has a World Cup, what teams are involved? Mainly asking as Scotland hasn't been in a World Cup since the late 90s and wondering if we are as bad at Quidditch as football (hoping ...
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Why didn't Harry just buy the whole team Nimbus Two Thousand and Ones?

In the second book, there is this passage: ‘Funny you should mention Draco’s father,’ said Flint, as the whole Slytherin team smiled still more broadly. ‘Let me show you the generous gift he’s made ...
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Would Hogwarts' Quidditch teams accept students from different houses?

I wanted to know, would it be against Hogwarts school rules to allow, say, a Slytherin to join the Hufflepuff Quidditch team? I don't recall anything saying so, or any statements from J.K. Rowling.
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Who won the Quidditch Cup in Harry's first year?

Who won the Quidditch Cup in Harry Potter's first year at Hogwarts? We know that Gryffindor didn't win it, as Oliver Wood says in Harry's third year: “This is our last chance — my last chance — to ...
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Are Ron's Quidditch points wrong?

I am always thoroughly confused when reading the chapter Seen and Unforseen in Order of the Phoenix. It says Hufflepuff defeated Gryffindor, 240-230. It's known that each goal score is worth 10 points ...
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How does the Bludger fly in Quidditch?

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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Is there any Quidditch match where the Snitch did not make up for the score difference?

Of course, we know about the famous Ireland-Bulgaria game, but is there any other game where catching the Snitch was not enough for victory?
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Why are there are no standby players in Quidditch?

In the Harry Potter universe, there are many cases where Quidditch players have to be substituted. In some cases, the replacement player has to be selected at the last moment which affects the ...
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Why was Ginny not allowed to play Quidditch with her brothers?

When Ginny joined the Gryffindor Quidditch team and was showing talent, it came as a complete surprise for her brothers. George said: “Actually, I dunno how she got so good, seeing how we never ...
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Was the term 'final' a misnomer for the Gryffindor-Slytherin match in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?

The Gryffindor-Slytherin match was referred to as the final in Prisoner of Azkaban. But was that the correct term to use? Wasn't it just one of six league matches? Note This isn't a duplicate of this ...
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Where did regular Quidditch matches take place?

We know that the Quidditch World Cup takes place in a special arena set up specifically for that particular event: “It’s been a massive organizational problem,” sighed Mr. Weasley. “The trouble ...
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Can't the date and time of Quidditch matches change?

In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Slytherin rearranged their match with Gryffindor due to their Seeker, Draco, being injured and Gryffindor played against Hufflepuff. Why didn't they rearrange the final ...
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Why does Harry not know / realize that he's already performed a 'Wronski Feint'?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, during the Quidditch Match against Ravenclaw, Cho Chang: decided to mark him [Harry] rather than search for the Snitch herself...All right then, if ...
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How did Fred and George know the outcome of the Quidditch World Cup final?

In The Goblet of Fire, Fred and George bet that Ireland would win but Viktor Krum would get the Snitch: ‘We’ll bet thirty-seven Galleons, fifteen Sickles, three Knuts,’ said Fred, as he and ...
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Why did Victor Krum catch the Snitch in the Quidditch World Cup?

In the 4th book (unfortunately, not in the 4th movie), Victor Krum caught the Snitch which ended the game, but his team lost. But, why in the name of sanity would he do that? He was a world-class ...
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Why didn't Gryffindor already have a Quidditch Seeker before Harry's appointment?

I've gathered from an earlier question that Gryffindor probably played the final game of the season during Philosopher's Stone with six players. Amflare found this helpful quote: "Now, listen here, ...
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How old is quidditch?

We know that quidditch is at least decades old, but how long ago did witches and wizards start playing the sport? Out of universe, I would imagine hundreds of years at least as the image of witches on ...
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Do games of Quidditch at Hogwarts have any sort of time limits?

So the rules of Quidditch state that matches do not end until the Snitch is caught. My question is that during a school year when the students are competing against each other, does that rule still ...
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Which professional Quidditch team does Harry support?

Harry's Quidditch team is never mentioned in the books. All we know is that it is not Puddlemere United, from this quote: He handed her back the single sock he was supposed to be identifying, which ...
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Why did the Slytherin team opt for size over skill, given their many defeats?

We know that till the first book, Slytherin had won the House Trophy six times in a row. As an answer on this site pointed out, this was probably due to winning the Quidditch Cup all those years (an ...
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Do snitches scale in difficulty?

Considering that capturing the Golden Snitch should be a difficult task in every game but it should also be catchable by the players (or the game wouldn't end): are all snitches made equal? Do they ...
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How much gold did Fred and George win from their bet at the Quidditch cup?

This is never mentioned in the book but I'm wondering if there was a way to figure out how much gold Fred and George ended up winning, even if they didn't receive it. I'm wondering if it got ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore attend the Quidditch World Cup final?

Britain hasn't hosted the Quidditch World Cup for 30 years and a hundred thousand wizards & witches will be coming to Britain to watch it. So security should be an important factor for the ...
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Who played Seeker for Gryffindor during the final game in Philosopher's Stone?

Whilst preparing an answer for another question about the Gryffindor Quidditch team I realised that I didn't know who filled Harry's place in the final game of the season in Philosopher's Stone. I ...
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Why didn't the Gryffindor Quidditch team have more senior players in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

In "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" most of the members of the Gryffindor Quidditch team were in the first 3 years and no one from 4th, 6th and 7th years. Harry (1st), Katie (2nd), Alicia (...
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Spectator interference in Quidditch

In baseball, there have been issues with spectators catching balls in the outfield, and there are subsequent rules in place for spectator interference. Are there any spectator interference rules in ...
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Are Hogwarts students obligated to play Quidditch?

Are Hogwarts students obligated to play Quidditch? If someone wasn't interested in sports or didn't want to do it, it was fine, wasn't it?
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Has a squib ever played Quidditch?

It seems to me like Quidditch doesn't actually require any magical ability (unless that's what makes the brooms fly, but since different brooms have different speeds I assume they're closer to cars ...
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How is the winner of the Hogwarts Quidditch cup determined?

The rules in the Quidditch tournament in Hogwarts are pretty simple: each house plays one game against each of the other three. This could result in several teams (up to three) having an equal number ...
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Are Quidditch deaths mentioned?

The movies show players miraculously falling into soft things and avoiding certain death. Harry is also shown speeding outside the arena (maybe the basement) where he could ram into a wooden beam. And ...
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Harry's first Quidditch game Jinx timeline issue

So Harry's broom was jinxed by Professor Quirrell in the Philosophers Stone and he was knocked over by Miss Granger, while Snape was doing a countercurse. ‘No, no, no. I tried to kill you. Your ...
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Did Molly or Arthur Weasley ever play Quidditch?

We know that Harry, who was an incredible Quidditch Seeker and naturally talented, inherited his skills from his father, who was also a fantastic Quidditch player. We also know that most of the ...
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What is Prof McGonagall's favourite Quidditch team?

Ron Weasley's Quidditch team is the Chudley Cannons and Ginny's is the Holyhead Harpies, so what is McGonagall's?
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