• Event Draco challenges Harry to a duel the evening of their first flying lesson. Draco suggests midnight in the Trophy Room. In reality, Draco is setting Harry up to be caught out of bed after hours and has no intention of dueling anyone. Harry, with Ron in tow as his second,… Read More
• Character Abraham Peasegood was an American wizard who invented the game of Quodpot (QA8). Peasegood immigrated to North America in the 1700s, intending to form a Quidditch team when he got there. The story goes that the Quaffle he had packed in his luggage came into contact with his wand so that… Read More
• Character Agatha Timms was a short witch who owns an eel farm. At the 1994 Quiddtch World Cup, Agatha bets half shares in her eel farm on a week-long match (GF7). Read More
• Sports and competitions Aingingein is an Irish broom game involving a goat’s bladder called the “Dom“, barrels and fire (QA2). Read More
• Character Alicia Spinnet was a Gryffindor girl two years (CS7) ahead of Harry Potter. She played Chaser on the Gryffindor Quidditch team with Harry (PS11). Alicia was a member of Dumbledore’s Army (OP16) who trained in Defense Against the Dark Arts with Harry during her seventh year and returned to the… Read More
• Character Angus Buchanan was a Squib who rose to fame playing rugby for the Scottish national side. Read More
• Sports and competitions The Annual Broom Race of Sweden is a dangerous 300-mile race between Kopparberg and Arjeplog, first run in the 1100s, and which has since become a popular international event. The spectators Apparate between the start and end points, missing the hazardous dragon reservation that lies in-between (QA2). Read More
• Event A broom race is run in Sweden from Kopparberg to Arjeplog, a distance of about 300 miles. The race is so popular it is made an annual tradition – one which still continues today, over 1000 years later. Read More
• Character Archie was an old wizard with a penchant for flowered nightgowns; Archie refused to wear trousers at the World Cup campground, saying that he liked “a healthy breeze around his privates” (GF7). Possibly the Archie Aymslowe who is the president of F.A.R.T. Read More
• Character Barnabas the Barmy tried to teach the trolls ballet, but was clubbed for his efforts. Barnabas has a moving tapestry on seventh floor of Hogwarts, depicting his foolish attempt to train trolls for the ballet, opposite the entrance to the Room of Requirement (OP18, OP26, HBP20). Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes One of the range of fireworks products offered by Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes (OP28). Read More
• Sports and competitions Harry likens Quidditch to this Muggle Game when Oliver Wood explains it to him first (PS10)… Read More
• Quidditch The position of last place in the standings, either at the end of a sports tournament/competition or at the end of the season in the league table. Read More
• Character Bowman Wright was a metal-charmer. His father was a Muggle and mother a witch. He invented the Golden Snitch, which immediately replaced the Golden Snidget in games of Quidditch (QA4, FW, DH16). Wright loved science as well as sport. He was born in Godric’s Hollow in 1492. Read More
• Broomsticks The first of the Cleansweep series, 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 was released in 1995 [Y15], making it the latest broomstick in the series. Ron Weasley received one as a reward upon being made a prefect (OP9). He was very happy about it, so we know a fair bit about its specifications from him: It can go… Read More
• Broomsticks Released in 1934, this broom model was an improved version of the Cleansweep One (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). Read More
• Broomsticks Oliver Wood mentioned this as a possible broom for Harry when they were first introduced (PS9). This suggests that no later Cleansweep model was available at the time. Read More