History Quidditch

Quaffles are first colored red during a particularly muddy winter

Before the invention of the Pennifold Quaffle, dropped quaffle often fell to the ground. Red balls were easier to distinguish against the muddy, wintertime Quidditch pitch (QA6).



Ironically, soon afterward the modern Quaffle - technically named the Pennifold Quaffle after its inventor - was developed, making the colour change unnecessary: Daisy Pennifold had the idea of bewitching a Quaffle to slow its fall through air to about the speed of falling through water, so that Chasers had a better chance of catching the ball in mid-air rather than continually retrieving it from the ground (QA6).

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