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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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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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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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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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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In Quidditch could the Seeker play other positions?

I don't recall it being mentioned in any of the books, but could the Seeker in Quidditch switch to being a Chaser if needed? I always thought it was odd that catching the Snitch would net your team ...
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Could another player catch the Snitch?

I know that if the Seeker was to catch the Snitch, that team would gain 150 points and the event would end the match. But what happens if another player playing a different position sees the Snitch ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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How do the Quidditch cup/points/games factor into the House Cup?

In Philosopher's Stone, when Harry, Hermione and Neville all lose 50 points each for Gryffindor, Harry mentions that it wiped out all the points they had earned beating Slytherin in the Quidditch game ...
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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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Was Harry good enough at Quidditch to play professionally?

I can understand that Harry didn't play Quidditch professionally because he felt becoming an Auror to catch Dark Wizards was more meaningful. Was he good enough to, though? Ginny played ...
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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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How would Quidditch resolve a tie?

Say that, at any given moment during a Quidditch match, Team A has 150 points and Team B has 0 points. Then, in the next moment, Team B's Seeker has caught the Snitch. Both teams now have 150 points ...
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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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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 not use the shield spells to protect against bludgers when playing Quidditch?

We know that in Harry Potter world there are spells to protect someone from physical object damage (either Protego or other spells, e.g. when Voldemort and Dumbledore dueled in the Ministry. Why aren'...
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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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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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Why did the Snitch open when Harry was about to die?

After Harry works out that the snitch might open in his mouth and he tries it, it fails to work. But why then did it open when Harry told it he was about to die? How also does the clue "I open at the ...
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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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What happens if the seeker can't catch the snitch? How does the game end?

In Quidditch the game only ends when the Snitch is caught, but what happens if the Seeker can't catch it? The house in the lead would win, wouldn't they? Where do the teachers draw the line to the end ...
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Barring Acts of Dumbledore, does the House Cup always go to the Quidditch Cup Winners?

We all know that Dumbledore tends to cheat in Harry's favor, giving him loads of points towards the end of the year. We also know that Quidditch scores DO, in some way, factor into the House Point ...
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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?