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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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Why is the word 'Quidditch' always capitalized?

Why is Quidditch always capitalized? Soccer isn't, football, baseball, basketball, etc. aren't. Why is Quidditch always capitalized?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How in the world does Hagrid know about soccer?

“It’s our sport. Wizard sport. It’s like — like soccer in the Muggle world — everyone follows Quidditch — played up in the air on broomsticks and there’s four balls — sorta hard ter explain the rules.”...
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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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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 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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Quidditch World Cup maths doesnt make sense

In the Goblet Of Fire film, Cornelius welcomes everyone to the 422nd Quidditch World Cup. According to http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Quidditch_World_Cup, the first Quidditch World Cup was in 1473 ...
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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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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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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 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 Madam Hooch Stop Dobby's Rogue Bludger?

Why didn't Madam Hooch stop Dobby's rogue Bludger? I know in the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Madam Hooch was completely asleep at the wheel during the Gryffindor/Slytherin ...
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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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“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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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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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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Change of possession in Quidditch

It is accepted that Quidditch is a very flawed sport, whose main purpose seems to be to drive the plot when convenient. Nonetheless, I have a query about what the rules are for a change in possession ...
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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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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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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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Is a new snitch used everytime for a new game of Quidditch?

The snitch manufacturer wears gloves so as not to handle it directly. Scrimgeour brings the first snitch that Harry ever caught because he hopes to use its flesh memory for it to identify Harry. This ...
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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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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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How many times in the books does Harry Potter catch the Golden Snitch?

Specifically: How many times in the books during a game of Quidditch has Harry Potter caught the Golden Snitch? Searching the HP wiki's plot summaries suggests 4 times while another source suggests 7 ...
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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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Live Quidditch viewing

The wizarding world seems to rely mainly on newspapers (the Daily Prophet) for their news. They have no T.V. although they do have radio. The wizarding world treats Quidditch like Muggles treat ...
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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 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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How great a Quidditch player was Madam Hooch?

Madam Rolanda Hooch was a strict but caring witch who worked as the Flying instructor, Quidditch referee and coach at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Are there any canon sources (from the ...
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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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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'...