Questions tagged [quidditch]

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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Did Snape Play Quidditch?

Quidditch Through the Ages gives the following information about Quidditch referee qualifications: The effective Quidditch referee needs to be more than an expert flier. He or she has to watch the ...
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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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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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Did any Quidditch games ever end by agreement of the Captains?

The game can only end when the Snitch has been caught, or by mutual agreement of the two teams' Captains; the latter is very rare, however, as one team would have to lose. (source: HP Wikia on Golden ...
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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 ...
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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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Is Quidditch an inherently flawed sport?

I realise it's self evidently impossible, since real people don't have flying broomsticks. But even allowing for its fantastic nature, am I not right in thinking that it's alse self evidently ...
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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 — ...
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Was Professor McGonagall a Seeker/Quidditch player at School?

My question is based upon the following frame from the first Harry Potter film (Philosopher's Stone). It shows her name on the right hand side. Well, just wondering, as she's so into Quidditch.
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Does it break a rule for a first year to play Quidditch for his/her house team, or is it simply tradition?

Is it against the Hogwarts rules for a first year to play Quidditch, or is it simply an unspoken tradition that first years never make their house team? ‘You’re joking.’ [Ron said] It was dinner ...
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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 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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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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What material is the snitch in Harry Potter made out of?

It seems quite unusual. Perhaps it is some kind of a ferromagnetic material?
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Does Gryffindor have a backup Seeker?

In Chamber of Secrets, Oliver Wood mentions that the Gryffindor team lost the game and the Quidditch cup all because Harry, the team Seeker, was in the hospital wing, recovering from saving the day. ...
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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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What sort of enchantments are placed on Snitches?

In Quidditch, the entire game ends and a team is awarded 150 points when the Snitch, a golden flying ball, is caught. To have a golden flying ball with flesh memory, there seems to be a need for many ...
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What good is the flesh memory of a Snitch?

We find out in the Deathly Hallows that a snitch has a "flesh memory" and can recall the first person that touched it. It is claimed that this is to help settle a "disputed capture". Does this imply ...
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“Potter for President” - President of what?

Not sure, whether to ask here, or at English.SE, but at Harry's first Quidditch match his friends held up a banner saying: "Potter for President". What does it mean? I'm sure it must be some kind of ...
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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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How do they keep getting the Quaffle back so quickly?

In the Harry Potter movies, when they are playing Quidditch you can see that there is only one Quaffle, but when one team throws the Quaffle into the other net you see it go through the hole and off a ...
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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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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 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 ...
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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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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 was Harry so good at Quidditch?

Okay, we know that Harry Potter was unusually good at Quidditch. Why? Most of his other unusual abilities, we have explained, but this one hasn't really, to my knowledge.
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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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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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Did Dumbledore and McGonagall cheat so the Gryffindors would win the House and Quidditch Cups?

When Harry is a first year, Professor McGonagall recommends Harry as seeker and gifts him a Nimbus 2000, breaking the house rule according to which first years are not allowed to have brooms. The ...
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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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Were the Hufflepuff and Slytherin Quidditch teams sexist?

Judging from Harry Potter Lexicon's summary of the Hogwarts Quidditch teams, it's clear that Quidditch is a sport that is inclusive and which both boys and girls want to play. Gryffindor in particular ...
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Why didn't Draco Malfoy buy a Firebolt?

After Harry was gifted a Firebolt by his godfather Sirius Black, why didn't Draco Malfoy buy a Firebolt, seeing as he bought a Nimbus 2001 after seeing Harry with his Nimbus 2000.
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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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Are Quidditch teams restricted to 7 players in a squad?

In CoS Wood comments before Quidditch practice we should have won the Quidditch Cup last year...But unfortunately owing to circumstances beyond our control... p84, chapter 7 We learn Harry's ...