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Quidditch Through the Ages

Chapter One:
The Evolution of the Flying Broomstick

Synopsis, notes, and links by Michele L. Worley

First US edition: pages 1 - 3
Timeframe: Historical.

In which the earliest known broomsticks are discussed.

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

More about the development of broomsticks can be found in the chapter about racing brooms.

No spell yet devised enables wizards to fly unaided in human form.


Those few Animagi who transform into winged creatures may enjoy flight, but they are a rarity. The witch or wizard who finds him- or herself transfigured into a bat may take to the air, but, having a bat's brain, they are sure to forget where they want to go the moment they take flight.

So this is a key element of the Animagus transformation - the retention of the ability to think. Why, then, did Draco Malfoy attempt to flee for the dungeons when Moody/Crouch transfigured him into a ferret during his fourth year? How did he remember that he could find help there?

Characters introduced in this chapter:

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Characters returning in this chapter:

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Characters mentioned in this chapter:

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Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

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Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

Exceptional character moments:

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Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

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Strictly British:

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Timeline/Calendar of the Chapter:

  • 962 A.D.
    A German illuminated manuscript of this period shows three warlocks dismounting their brooms, clearly before the development of the Cushioning Charm.

Synopsis copyright 2005 Michele L. Worley
Notes © 2005 - 2006 Michele L. Worley and the Harry Potter Lexicon

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