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.
In the Harry Potter series, Quidditch is conceived as a sport roughly analogous to football but for the Wizarding community, featuring a 13 team professional league in the United Kingdom. It is also played at schools (as seen at Hogwarts) and around the world, culminating in the Quidditch World Cup.
Quidditch is played on an oval field with three hoops on long poles at either end as goals. It uses three types of balls:
- a Quaffle is a roundish dimpled ball, the aim of which is to throw through the opposing teams hoops for 10 points.
- two Bludgers, self-propelled iron balls that act as moving airborne obstacles to all players.
- a Golden Snitch, a small golden ball with two wings that flit around the playing area. A team's Seeker catching the Snitch results in the game ending and the capturing team receiving 250 points.
Two teams of seven players take part in a game:
- a Keeper, whose aim is to stop the opposing team putting the Quaffle through his hoops.
- three Chasers, who act as controllers of the Quaffle as they try to put it through the opposing team's hoops.
- two Beaters, armed with wooden bats to defend their teammates from the Bludgers.
- a Seeker, who searches for and tries to capture the Golden Snitch.
Quidditch is fully described in the Harry Potter tie-in book, Quidditch Through The Ages.