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Overview

Quidditch is the most popular sport in the Wizarding World. Originating in the 1000's, it is played all around the world. The sport of Quidditch involves two teams flying on broomsticks around an oval shaped grassy pitch. The teams attempt to score points through three rings by throwing various sized balls. Each player on the team (seven in total) has various tasks to complete, each task having a vast impact on the game.  The name "Quidditch" comes from the term "Queerditch Marsh", the place where the game originated. Spanning over a millennium, the sport of Quidditch has changed a lot to reach its current form.
 

The Team

A Quidditch team consists of seven players.
 

3 x Chasers

It is the job of the three Chasers to score the teams points. The Chasers have to handle the Quaffle (the largest ball) and throw it through the hoops. Each 'hoop' scored gives the team in possession 10 points.
 

2 x Beaters

It is the job of the two Beaters to protect their team from the two Bludgers, the powerful balls which fly around the pitch, attempting to knock players of their brooms. The Beaters have a club (similar to a baseball bat) which they use to knock the Bludger off course. (Or into the path of opponent's team.)
 

1 x Keeper

It is the job of the Keeper to protect the team's goal. The job is somewhat like a soccer goalkeeper. The Keeper uses no more than his or her hands, and is required to perform tricky maneuvers on his or her broom in order to keep the hoops protected.
 

1 x Seeker

The job of the Seeker is considered the most important job of all. The Seeker is required to catch the Golden Snitch, a small, golden, walnut sized ball. The Snitch earns the team 150 points and stops the match. A game of Quidditch only ends when the Golden Snitch is caught.
 

The Balls

A Quidditch match is played with four balls. Each ball is different in all aspects and they are all equally important in the game play.
 

1 x Quaffle

The Quaffle is about the size of a football and is scarlet red. It is built with a Gripping Charm in order to help players catch it. It is also fitted with a charm that reduces its speed if it falls. After all, if it was dropped without the charm, it wall fall directly to the ground.
 

2 x Bludgers

The Bludgers are smaller than the Quaffle and are heavy and made of iron. They target players, attempting to knock them off their brooms. The Bludgers have to be restrained before a Quidditch match because they would attack anyone in their range. 
 

1 x Golden Snitch

The Golden Snitch is considered the most important ball because it gives the team in its possession 150 points. It is small (about the size of a walnut) and has two wings. It rapidly circles the pitch and is extremely difficult to spot. The game of Quidditch only ends when the Golden Snitch is caught.
 

Other Equipment

Goal Posts

Six in all, these fifty foot-high structures are the main way of scoring in Quidditch. Each time a Quaffle is thrown through one of the hoops, ten points is earned. There are three on each end of the field, guarded by the team Keeper.
 

Club

The Beaters use these large, heavy clubs to knock the Bludgers toward opposing players. They are wooden and shaped somewhat like a baseball bat.
 

Broomstick

Broomsticks are one of the most important aspects of Quidditch. Each and every player cares for his or her broomstick in order to get it to perform to its best. There are a few lines of brooms, most constantly being outdated. Most brooms are fairly pricey, some more than others. 
 

Fouls


NameWho can commit the foul
Description
 
Blagging
 
All players
 
Seizing opponent's broom tail to slow or hinder flight.
Blatching 
All players
 
Flying with intent to collide.
Blurting 
All players
 Locking broom handles with intent to steer opponent off course.
 
Bumphing
 
Beaters only
 
Hitting a Bludger towards crowd, necessitating a halt of the game as officials rush to protect bystanders. Sometimes used by unscrupulous players to prevent an opposing Chaser scoring.
 
Cobbing
 
All players
 
Excessive use of elbows towards opponents.
 
Flacking
 Keeper only
 
Sticking any portion of anatomy through goal hoop to punch Quaffle out. The Keeper is supposed to block the goal hoop from the front rather than the rear.
 
Haversacking
 
Chasers only
 
Hand still on Quaffle as it goes through goal hoop (Quaffle must be thrown).
 
Quaffle-pocking
 
Chasers only
 
Tampering with Quaffle, e.g., puncturing it so that it falls more quickly or zig-zags.
 
Snitchnip
 
All players but Seeker
 
Any player other than Seeker touching or catching the Golden Snitch.
 
Stooging
 
Chasers only
 
More than one Chaser entering the scoring area.
 

British Quidditch League

  •  Appleby Arrows
  •  Ballycastle Bats
  •  Caerphilly Catapults
  •  Chudley Cannons
  •  Falmouth Falcons
  •  Holyhead Harpies
  •  Kenmare Kestrels
  •  Montrose Magpies
  •  Pride of Portree
  •  Puddlemere United
  •  Tutshill Tornados
  •  Wigtown Wanderers
  •  Wimbourne Wasps
 

Broomstick Guide

Broomsticks are one of the most important aspects of Quidditch. Each and every player cares for his or her broomstick in order to get it to perform to its best. There are a few lines of brooms, most constantly being outdated. Most brooms are fairly pricey, some more than others.
 

Nimbus Line

  •  Nimbus 1000
  •  Nimbus 1500
  •  Nimbus 2000
  •  Nimbus 2001
 

Cleansweep Line

  •  Cleansweep One
  •  Cleansweep Two
  •  Cleansweep Three
  •  Cleansweep Four
  •  Cleansweep Five
  •  Cleansweep Six
  •  Cleansweep Seven
 

Comet Line

  •  Comet One-Forty
  •  Comet One-Eighty
  •  Comet Two-Sixty
 

Other Brooms

  • Firebolt
  • Moontrimmer
  •  Oakshaft 79
  • The Bluebottle
  •  Twigger 90
  •  Swiftstick
  •  Silver Arrow
  •  Shooting Star
  •  Tinderblast

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