• Source Whisp ends the book with a salute to the “poetry and power of Quidditch” and a hope that the game will endure for many years to come. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Source published: March 12, 2001  in association with Scholastic Publishing, Arthur Levine Books  originally published 1952 by Whizz Hard Books, Diagon Alley, London  illustrated by J.K. Rowling A popular Hogwarts library book, reproduced for Muggles. The book covers the history of Quidditch from its origins… Read More
• Source In which the earliest known broomsticks are discussed. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Source In which many difficult Quidditch moves are discussed. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Source In which broom games that were popular prior to the development of Quidditch are discussed. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Source In which the evolution of Quidditch from its invention until the introduction of the Snidget in the middle of the thirteenth century is discussed. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29… Read More
• Source In which the introduction of the Golden Snidget to the game of Quidditch is described, and the eventual replacement of the bird with the Golden Snitch. Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More
• Source In which the evolution of regulations governing the selection of Quidditch pitches is discussed. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Source In which the rules of Quidditch, and changes in them since the fourteenth century, are discussed. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Source In which the teams of the British and Irish Quidditch League are discussed in turn. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Source In which the history of Quidditch on various continents is discussed. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe: Apple… Read More
• Source In which the history of the development of the racing broom is discussed, including the various manufacturers of famous brooms. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Quote QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES is one of the most popular titles in the Hogwarts school library. Madam Pince, our librarian, tells me that it is “pawed about, dribbled on, and generally maltreated” nearly every day – a high compliment for any book. Podcast:… Read More
• Character Quintia Qarase was a Beater on Fiji’s National Team at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Quidditch A Quidditch term for the start of play (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts… Read More
• Quidditch A round red seamless leather ball, 12 inches in diameter – that is, about the size of a Muggle football – one of the four balls used in playing the game of Quidditch. Podcast: Play in… Read More
• Quidditch A Quidditch foul, committed by a Chaser, consisting of tampering with the Quaffle to make it fly differently (QA6). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 —… Read More
• Character Samuel G. Quahog was President of the Magical Congress of the United States in 2014. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops • Quidditch places Quality Quidditch Supplies was Harry Potter’s favorite shop in Diagon Alley. He visited it often when he stayed for three weeks at the Leaky Cauldron, since that summer the new Firebolt racing broom had been introduced and the shop had one on display (PA4). Quality Quidditch Supplies also once… Read More
• Lakes and marshes • Quidditch places Queerditch Marsh is the place where the game of Quidditch originated. Eight hundred years ago, a group of witches and wizards used an damp stretch of nettle-filled ground called Queerditch Marsh as a place to play a new game they had invented. This game involved broomsticks and a “big leather… Read More
• Character Quentin Kowalski was a Chaser on the United States National Team at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Place A small town on a peninsula in northwestern France, Quiberon is the home of the Quiberon Quafflepunchers, a Quidditch team known for flamboyant play that frequently wins the French league (QA8). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Sports teams The Quiberon Quafflepunchers are a Quidditch team from France (QA8). The Quafflepunchers wear robes of ‘shocking pink’ and they are frequent winners of their league. In 1993, they lost a thrilling five-day game against the Sweetwater All-Stars team of the USA (QA8). Podcast:… Read More
• Sports and competitions Quidditch, “the sport of warlocks,” is the premier sport of the wizarding world. Everyone follows Quidditch. Quidditch is a fast, dangerous, exciting game in which two teams flying on brooms compete for points scored by throwing a ball – the Quaffle – through hoops on either end of a… Read More
• Event Quidditch Through the Ages, the extremely popular book by Kennilworthy Whisp, has since gone through many revisions — the current edition which contains information into the 1990s. However, the original edition was published in 1952 by Whizz Hard Books, Diagon Alley, London. Podcast:… Read More
• Event Beaters having difficulties with ball-shaped Bludgers made from rocks shattering into gravel, they first try using lead Bludgers, which prove to be too soft. They eventually progressed to making the balls out of iron – the material still used today (QA6). Podcast:… Read More
• Occupations The Quidditch commentator has the important role during matches of keeping the crowd up to date on what is happening all over the Quidditch pitch. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration:… Read More
• Occupations A sports reporter covering Quidditch on location. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Quidditch This yearly competition is won by the Hogwarts House with the highest overall Quidditch score. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Event Gryffindor wins the House Cup, but not the Quidditch Cup, which goes to Slytherin. As Dumbledore starts speaking before the feast, Slytherin leads in house points with 472, Gryffindor is last with 312, and Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw are in the middle. But Dumbledore recognizes the achievements of Harry and his… Read More
• Event The introduction of the game comes possibly from New Zealand, where it had been brought by European wizards, or possibly directly from Europe (QA8). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration:… Read More
• Event It is brought to the country by a team of British herbologists who are studying native plants. They play Quidditch for recreation and the game catches on. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Quidditch League Table & Match Information is a regular Quidditch feature appearing on the Sports page of the Daily Prophet (DP1, DP2, DP3, DP4). Heading up the Sports section of the Prophet, the League Table sets out the current standings for the British and Irish Quidditch League. Read More
• Event The Wizards’ Council declares that Quidditch should not be played “anywhere near anyplace where there is the slightest chance that a Muggle might be watching or we’ll see how well you can play whilst chained to a dungeon wall” (QA5). Podcast:… Read More
• Quote “In 1419, the Council issued the famously worded decree that Quidditch should not be played ‘anywhere near any place where there is the slightest chance that a Muggle might be watching or we’ll see how well you can play whilst chained to a dungeon wall.”‘ Podcast:… Read More
• Quidditch places • Wizarding places The oval-shaped pitch (US: field of play) where Quidditch matches are held. It is 500 feet long by 180 feet wide (QA6). Pitches are located inside Quidditch stadiums – there are several in England and one at Hogwarts. Podcast: Play in… Read More
• Place Quidditch-related places can mean any number of things, but here are some of the big ones: Quidditch stadiums The six stadiums we know of by name, all set on deserted moors Quidditch teams There are over 40 cities and a dozen countries specifically mentioned as having Quidditch teams; this link… Read More
• Magical effects Several charms are used to make the game of Quidditch possible: The Quaffle is enchanted to make it fall more slowly than would otherwise be the case. This spell was invented by Daisy Pennifold, hence the modern Quaffle is referred to as a Pennifold Quaffle. The Golden Snitch is enchanted… Read More
• Event Ingolfr the Iambic from Norway and Malecrit from France write of Quidditch matches taking place in their countries, by which we see that the game was spreading across Europe in the early 1400s (QA8). Podcast:… Read More
• Moors • Quidditch places • Wilderness areas Britain and Ireland Teams in Britain and Ireland do not have their own home pitch for matches. Instead, Quidditch stadiums have been erected on a number of deserted moors. Players and fans come from all over to attend these matches. Various charms and magical effects have been used to… Read More
• Quidditch A Quidditch team is comprised of seven players: the Keeper, the Seeker, three Chasers and two Beaters. Keepers guard the goal hoops while Chasers try to throw the Quaffle through them. The Beaters use bats to drive Bludgers at the opposing players and disrupt play. Read More
• Quidditch For a professional Quidditch team, the person with overall responsibility for organisation and management of the team. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Quidditch Quidditch team mascots are a traditional part of the game of Quidditch. At Quidditch World Cup tournaments, team mascots put on a display prior to the final match (GF8, Pm). An attempt to have a display of mascots from all the participants at the 2014 Quidditch… Read More
• Quidditch • Sports teams The Quidditch Teams of Africa were formed after the broom game was introduced to Africa by European wizards. Most African countries field a national Quidditch side and several of these have featured in Quidditch World Cup tournaments. The tournament of African Quidditch-playing nations is called the “All-Africa Cup“. Ethiopia… Read More
• Quidditch • Sports teams The Quidditch Teams of the Americas have been steadily gaining in popularity in the region, although Quidditch didn’t really catch on when it was first introduced to what would become the United States early in the 1600s. This was partly because of the development of another broom game in… Read More
• Quidditch • Sports teams The Quidditch teams of Asia and Oceania are extremely skilled, and many of the region’s national teams have been participants in the Quidditch World Cup. The game of Quidditch was introduced to New Zealand in the seventeenth century and to Australia in the eighteenth century. In the… Read More
• Quidditch • Sports teams The Quidditch teams of Britain and Ireland come from the Republic of Ireland and the four countries of the United Kingdom – comprised of England, Scotland and Wales (collectively “Great Britain“), and Northern Ireland. The broom game of Quidditch, originating in England and written about in the eleventh century, is popular with… Read More
• Books and Literature Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland is a book with descriptions of the various Quidditch teams in the UK. Hermione Granger gave a copy of this to Harry Potter as a Christmas present during their fourth year (GF23). It was one of the books Harry tried… Read More
• Quidditch • Sports teams The Quidditch Teams of Europe are well-established. The broom game of Quidditch quickly spread from its origins on Queerditch Marsh to Europe, with evidence of games played in Ireland and Norway in the late fourteenth century. The tournament of European Quidditch-playing nations is called the “European Cup“. The first … Read More
• Quidditch • Sports teams The Quidditch Teams of Hogwarts are popular and important. Each House fields a team, which includes the seven players and often one or two reserve players as well. The four houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry compete to win the Quidditch Cup, a great honour. The team which… Read More
• Quidditch Also called “trials”, Quidditch tryouts take place near the start of the Hogwarts school year for places on the House team. Tryouts are organised by the team captain, with the rest of team present. When a new captain takes over, he or she is encouraged to trial existing members of the team in… Read More
• Event After a morning of tryouts, team captain Harry Potter had selected most of the Gryffindor quidditch team for 1996: Chasers Katie Bell, Demelza Robbins, and Ginny Weasley; Beaters Jimmy Peakes and Ritchie Coote. During the final tryout, for Keeper, Ron saved five and Cormac McLaggen saved only four, due to the… Read More
• Essay
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Considerable analysis has gone into the ages of the Quidditch-playing Weasley brothers, reaching the conclusion that most of the information which J.K. Rowling gives us regarding Gryffindor’s team prior to Harry’s arrival at Hogwarts is inconsistent. However, these arguments are based on a number of assumptions which are not provable… Read More
• Quidditch An international Quidditch competition held every four years. The first Quidditch World Cup was held in 1473, with the final match being Transylvania v Flanders (PS11, QA8). The 1994 World Cup was held in Devon in a new stadium built on Dartmoor (GF6). The final match… Read More
• Event This Quidditch World Cup tournament was staged in 1878 as a replacement of the 1877 “Tournament that Nobody Remembers” (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)… Read More
• Event The Australian National Team, along with their star Chaser, Royston Idlewind, won this Quidditch World Cup tournament (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)… Read More
• Event The Brazilian National Team were the runners-up at this tournament (Pm). The tournament winner this year is unknown. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Event The Canadian team beat the Scots in a very close final match. Scottish Seeker Hector Lamont blamed his failure to catch the Snitch on genetics (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Event The game is brutal and so fast-paced that Ludo Bagman’s commentary can barely keep up. The Bulgarian National Team’s young seeker, Viktor Krum, uses his excellent flying skills to catch the Snitch, doing so despite his team being down more than 150 in order to avoid further humiliation at the… Read More
• Event This Quidditch World Cup tournament was notable for: the heightened security measures put in place because of the chaos following the appearance of the Dark Mark at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup; being only the second all-Africa final (Senegal v Malawi); and the arrest of the Senegalese team mascots (… Read More
• Event The final match in the 2002 tournament was played between Egypt and Bulgaria. After the Seeker Rawya Zaghloul caught the Snitch (Egypt won by 450 points to Bulgaria’s 300), defeated Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum announced his retirement from international Quidditch (Pm). Podcast:… Read More
• Event The team from Burkina Faso won this Quidditch World Cup tournament against the side from France by 300 points to 220. After the excitement of winning died down, Seeker Joshua Sankara relinquished his new position as Burkina Faso’s Minister for Magic in favour of continuing his Quidditch career (Pm). Read More
• Event The final was an exciting three-day long match between the Chinese National side and a team from Moldova, and was eventually won by China (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Event The final match of the 2014 tournament took place between the national teams of Brazil and Bulgaria on 11 July 2014. This extremely exciting and emotional match ended when veteran Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum caught the Snitch, ensuring that Bulgaria won by 160 points to 70 (Pm). Podcast:… Read More
• Event This first match of the 2014 tournament was won by joint favourite Norway by 340 points to Ivory Coast’s 100. Fans still irate about the behaviour of the Norwegian Selma during the previous day’s Opening Ceremony tried to jinx Norwegian Chaser Lars Lundekvam. Although they lost the match, Chaser Elodie Dembélé (only… Read More
• Event Fijian Seeker Joseph Snuka’s controversial early capture of the Snitch gifted the Nigerian National Team the win in this first round of the tournament. The final score was: Nigeria 400 – Fiji 160 (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Event An illegal capture of the Snitch by Haitian Beater Jean-Baptiste Bloncourt meant disqualification from the tournament, giving Brazil the victory by a score of 100 points to Haiti’s 90 (accumulated before the match was stopped at the time of the foul) (Pm). Podcast:… Read More
• Event The Daily Prophet reported that an official investigation taking place before the result could be confirmed for the USA v Jamaica match, which had ended when US seeker Darius Smackhammer caught the Snitch. The ICWQC were looking into the possibility of a jinx from within the crowd after Jamaican Keeper Kquewanda… Read More
• Event The late edition of Evening Prophet reported that the ICWQC enquiry had determined that Jamaican Keeper Kquewanda Bailey was suffering from an infected Sasabonsam bite (which she had sustained during the Opening Ceremony riot). The USA was therefore deemed to have won the match by 240 points… Read More
• Event Liechtenstein’s Chaser Willi Wenzel was injured early on, but gamely continued playing during the first day’s 11-hour match against the national team from Chad. With the score standing at Chad with 140 points and Liechtenstein with 120 points, play was set to resume the next day after a short… Read More
• Event There was a second exhausting day of play for the teams from Chad and Liechtenstein, with one player literally falling asleep on his broom. The match was stopped for the night with the score at Liechtenstein 260 – Chad 250 (Pm). Podcast: Play in… Read More
• Event Liechtenstein emerged victorious on the third day of this marathon match against Chad. The final score stood at Liechtenstein on 470 points and Chad on 330. The exhausted players from both teams embraced in tears after Liechtenstein Seeker Bruno Bruunhart caught the Snitch (Pm). Podcast:… Read More
• Event Referee Georgios Xenakis sent off New Zealand Chaser Dennis Moon after ruling that Moon’s crash into one of the Bulgarian Chasers, Bogomil Levski, was deliberate rather than accidental. Bulgaria won by the large margin of 410 points to 170 (Pm). Podcast:… Read More
• Event The lopsided score (Japan 350 – Poland 140) was not really a reflection of the skills of the Polish side, whose Seeker, Wladyslaw Wolfke, was said to be “one to watch” for the future. The Japanese Beaters, Shintaro Shingo and Masaki Hongo, controlled the match (Pm). Read More
• Event The ever-controversial manager of the Welsh National Team, Gwenog Jones, said she was “bloody delighted” to have won their match against Germany by a score of 330 points to 100, after hearing that the severely injured German Seeker, Thorsten Pfeffer was going to recover. He was lured by a… Read More
• Event Fans of Hans the Augurey were relieved to hear that the Liechtenstein team’s mascot had been safely returned after an international incident caused by American Quidditch fans kidnapping him after their surprise win the previous day. MACUSA President Samuel G. Quahog, and the Liechtenstein Minister for Magic, Otto Obermeier,… Read More
• Event A special edition of the Evening Prophet reported that, following the earlier United States victory over their team, Liechtenstein’s mascot, Hans the Augurey, had been kidnapped by over-enthusiastic American Quidditch fans. Feelings were running high in both camps (Pm). Podcast:… Read More
• Event In the article “Place Your Bets with Ludo Bagman“, former Wimbourne Wasps and English National Team Beater Ludo Bagman rated the four teams in the Semi-finals and gave odds on the likelihood of each team winning the tournament (Pm). Podcast: Play… Read More
• Event In the article headlined “Disastrous Opening Ceremony Leads to Questions about Quidditch World Cup Security“, the Daily Prophet covered the riot and disaster that took place during the Opening Ceremony preceding the 2014 Quidditch World Cup tournament, documenting both the excuses and finger-pointing between Argentinian officials, commentators… Read More
• Event This consolation match between the Japanese and American teams was won by Japan with a score of 330 points to USA’s 120. Japanese Beaters Masaki Hongo and Shintaro Shingo showed off their defensive skills and the Japanese Chasers scored 18 goals, before their Seeker Noriko Sato caught… Read More
• Event Welsh team manager Gwenog Jones exacted her revenge on Brazil’s manager José Barboza in full view of a packed crowd of spectators after her team lost their quarter-final match to Brazil by 460 points to 300. The two managers have been feuding since Barboza had called her Chasers “talentless… Read More
• Event Viktor Krum‘s early capture of the Snitch secured an easy victory for Bulgaria over the tournament joint favourite Norway National Team by 170 points to 20. Many Norwegian fans blame the Selma and the Opening Ceremony disaster for Norway’s poor showing in the 2014 tournament (Pm). Read More
• Event Ecstatic fans were celebrating long into the evening after the United States National Team beat the Liechtenstein side in an exciting match. Although Liechtenstein Chaser Otmar Frick scored the most individual goals at 16, the American Chasers ensured that the US were never far behind. The game ended with… Read More
• Event A powerful Bludger hit by Japanese Beater Masaki Hongo smashed the tail from the Thunderbolt VII broom of Nigerian Seeker Samuel Equiano, causing him to spin out of control. While his distracted teammates flew to save him, the Snitch was caught and Japan won the… Read More
• Event In her article “Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at the Quidditch World Cup Final”, Rita Skeeter writes about the meeting of former Dumbledore’s Army members as they got together before the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window… Read More
• Event The first day of the USA v Brazil semi-final featured errors on both sides due to nerves and pressure. American Chaser Mercy Wardwell dropped the Quaffle five times; two of the Brazilian Chasers –  Alejandra Alonso and Fernando Diaz – also dropped the Quaffle twice each; and… Read More
• Event In contrast to the previous day, the second day saw thrilling play during the Brazil v USA semi-final, with both teams seemingly re-energised following the sleep break. Brazilian Keeper Raul Almeida’s saves prevented the American Chasers from running away with the scoring. In the end, it came down to an exciting… Read More
• Event The ten-hour semi-final between the Bulgarian National Team and the Japanese National Team was a hugely enjoyable high scoring and thrilling match. The first three-quarters of the game were dominated by Japan, who at one point were 250 points ahead, but the Bulgarian team did not give up. After a brilliant diversionary… Read More
• Magical objects The Quidditch World Cup stadium had a huge blackboard upon which gold writing appeared as if written by a huge invisible hand. (GF8) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29… Read More
• Publications Nineteen volumes of rules Pm:QWC Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Buildings • Quidditch places • Wizarding places The sheer numbers of wizards attending a Quidditch World Cup requires the building and magical maintenance of a huge stadium. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)… Read More
• Character Quigley was a Beater on Ireland’s National Team at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Finbar Quigley is the Captain of the Ballycastle Bats quidditch team and plays in the position of Beater (DP1, DP2). If eligible to play for Ireland, he is possibly the same person as the Quigley who a member of the Irish National Team that won the 1994 Quidditch… Read More
• Quidditch Fourteenth century term for the referee (QA6). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Character Quintius Umfraville was the author of the book The Noble Sport of Warlocks, a seventeenth-century description of the game of Quidditch. His book describes a pitch with scoring areas – which simplified the Keeper’s role – and baskets mounted on higher goalposts than previously recorded (QA6). Read More
• Sports and competitions A modified “Quaffle” used in the game of Quodpot, which explodes if it is in play too long before being placed in the “pot” of Quodpot solution (which serves as a kind of goal in the game) (QA8). Podcast:… Read More
• Sports and competitions Quodpot is an American broom game variant of Quidditch invented by Abraham Peasegood. It has eleven players per side and an exploding leather ball called the Quod (QA8, Pm). The aim of each team is to move the Quod to a pot on the opposite… Read More
• Potions Effect: Used in the pots serving as goals in the game of Quodpot to keep the Quod from exploding (QA8). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:29 — 5.0MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Source Rowling’s writings about the Quidditch World Cup originally posted on Pottermore. These essays and news reports were subsequently included in the updated version of the book Quidditch Through the Ages, which already included some descriptions of the World Cup. NOTE: Information from the original QA book are given that source… Read More