• Source The first act of the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Harry and Ginny bring their children to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters to board the train to Hogwarts. Aboard the train, Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy become friends. Albus and Harry’s relationship becomes difficult over the next three years. Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Celestina Warbeck Concert Causes Broom Smash over Liverpool is an article appearing on the front page of the Daily Prophet (DP2). As reported in the article, a three broom “pile-up” occurred over the River Mersey involving five ticket-holders to the Celestina Warbeck concert. While no one was seriously injured, they were… Read More
• Spells A Charm to Cure Reluctant Reversers is a broom charm, presumably to overcome difficulties with backing up. This spell appears on page twelve of the Handbook of Do-It-Yourself Broom Care, which Hermione Granger bought by mail-order for Harry’s 13th birthday (PA2). Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Classified Advertisements is a regular page appearing in the Daily Prophet, of great utility to the wizarding community (DP2). This section includes columns listing recruitment opportunities, items for sale, dating/Lonely Hearts and family announcements. The listing on Page 2 of the Prophet included: Jobs “Hit-witch or wizard” for the Magical Law Enforcement Squad Assistant… Read More
• Trivia Madam Hooch puts out 20 brooms for the first flying lesson for the Gryffindor’s and Slytherin’s in Harry’s first year. We can infer from this that there are 20 students total in Slytherin and Gryffindor House. Read More
• Broomsticks The Cleansweep One is the first of the Cleansweep series of brooms. This model (released in 1926) cornered as did no other broom before it. Within a year of its release the Cleansweep One dominated the racing-broom market, having been designed specifically for sporting use (QA9). Read More
• Broomsticks The Cleansweep Eleven, manufactured by the Cleansweep Broom Company, was released in 1995, making it the latest broomstick in the series. Ron Weasley received one as a reward upon being made a Prefect (OP9) and was very happy about it. He tried out for and became… Read More
• Broomsticks The Cleansweep Two was introduced in 1934. This broom model was an improved version of the original Cleansweep One and was released in response to Comet Trading Company bringing out their new Comet 140 model a few years previously (QA9). Read More
• Broomsticks The Cleansweep Three broom model was an improved version of the Cleansweep Two and was released in 1937 by the Cleansweep Broom Company in their race to compete with the Comet Trading Company’s racing brooms (QA9). Read More
• Broomsticks The Cleansweep Five broom (QA9) was produced by the Cleansweep Broom Company, probably sometime in the 1950s, as the Holyhead Harpies‘ captain had one by 1953 (QA7). Appearances The Weasley twins, Fred and George, fly Cleansweep Fives while playing on the Gryffindor Quidditch team (CS7)… Read More
• Broomsticks The Cleansweep Six is mentioned in the magazine The Quibbler, in its September (or possibly August) 1995 issue. The magazine carried an interview with a wizard who claimed to have flown to the moon on one on a Cleansweep 6, and had returned with a bag of… Read More
• Broomsticks The Cleansweep Seven was mentioned by Oliver Wood as a possible broom for Harry Potter when they were first introduced to each other during Harry’s first year (PS9). This suggests that no later Cleansweep model was available at the time. The Ravenclaw Quidditch Team in Harry’s… Read More
• Broomsticks The Cleansweep Broom Company, started in 1926 by Bob, Bill and Barnaby Ollerton, produces a series of sport broomsticks. Features The Ollerton brothers produced large numbers of Cleansweeps aimed specifically at the racing and Quidditch markets. Models released by the company include: Cleansweep 1, Cleansweep… Read More
• Event The latest broom model from the Cleansweep Broom Company – the Cleansweep 11 – is released in 1995. When Ron Weasley is looking for a new broom as his parent’s gift for being made a Prefect, he learns that this broomstick has just come on the… Read More
• Event This improved second model of Cleansweep was brought out in 1934, as a response to competition from rival Comet racing brooms. It was replaced by the Cleansweep 3 a few years later (QA9). Read More
• Event The Cleansweep 3 was released quite soon after the Cleansweep 2, just three years later in 1937. The competition for the racing broom market with the Comet Trading Company’s brooms meant that The Cleansweep Broom Company needed to innovate quickly in response (QA9). Read More
• Broomsticks The Comet 140 was the first of the Comet series of racing brooms produced by the Comet Trading Company, founded by Randolph Keitch and Basil Horton in 1929 (QA9). The broom’s model number reflected the number of prototypes tested during its development. It incorporated the… Read More
• Broomsticks The Comet 180 was the second of the Comet series of racing brooms. This model was released by the Comet Trading Company in 1938 (QA9). The One Eighty appeared the year following the release of the Cleansweep Three broom, as the competition between the Comet and… Read More
• Event The Comet 180 was released in 1938 by the Comet Trading Company, the second Comet broom to appear on the market. The broom came out as a response to the previous year’s Cleansweep Three broom (QA9). Read More
• Broomsticks The Comet 220 was a broom model produced by the Comet Trading Company. It is one of the secondhand brooms being advertised for sale by Splinter and Kreek’s on the Sports Page of the Daily Prophet (DP4). Read More
• Broomsticks The Comet Two Sixty is a recent entry in the Comet series of racing brooms from the Comet Trading Company – released no later than 1991. Appearances Draco Malfoy owned one of these before he had his father buy new Nimbus brooms for the whole Slytherin Quidditch… Read More
• Broomsticks The Comet Two Ninety is the most recent entry in the Comet series of racing brooms from the Comet Trading Company (QA9). Its maximum acceleration is nought to sixty, but only with a decent tailwind – according to a Which Broomstick article in the Summer of 1995. Read More
• Broomsticks The Comet Trading Company was founded in 1929 by Basil Horton and Randolph Keitch (who had both played for the Falmouth Falcons Quidditch team). The company produced a very popular series of broomsticks (QA9). Features and models The Comet series brooms featured the Horton-Keitch braking charm which gave Quidditch players… Read More
• Event July 13, 1996 – Harry and Dumbledore travel via Side-Along Apparition to the Burrow, arriving just after midnight. Before going in, Dumbledore takes Harry aside. In an uncharacteristically intimate conversation, the two discuss Sirius’ death and Harry’s reaction to it, the fact that Harry should confide in Ron and Hermione,… Read More
• Sports and competitions Creaothceann, popular in the Middle Ages and invented in Scotland, it is considered to be probably the most dangerous of all broom games (QA2). Notes Playing the game involves trying to catch hundreds of falling rocks and bludgers within cauldrons strapped to the players’ heads. It inevitably caused… Read More
• Source A note from Lockhart gets HRH into the Restricted Section of the library and a book on making Polyjuice Potion. At the Quidditch match a rogue Bludger chases Harry, breaking his arm but not stopping him from getting the Snitch. Lockhart’s attempt to heal Harry removes the bones from his arm. Madam… Read More
• Source Harry begins Quidditch practice, words are exchanged with the Slytherin team, Ron’s spell backfires, Harry and Ron serve detention, and Harry hears a voice. Read More
• Spells The Cushioning Charm creates an invisible “pillow” on the handle of a broom to make flying more comfortable (QA9). This spell can be used for a soft landing during an escape. Hermione cast a Cushioning Charm for protection when she, Bogrod, Harry, Ron, and Griphook were thrown from a Gringotts cart and fell a great distance (DH26). Albus Potter and… Read More