• Character Ludovic “Ludo” Bagman was a celebrated Beater for the Wimbourne Wasps c. 1980. When his Quidditch days were over, he joined the Department of Magical Games and Sports and eventually (c. 1993) became its head. He served in that capacity until his somewhat informal departure from… Read More
• Character Kquewanda Bailey played Keeper for Jamaica’s National Team at the Quidditch World Cup tournament in 2014. During their first fixture in the 2014 tournament, Bailey suddenly collapsed and toppled from her broom at a crucial point in Jamaica’s match against the USA, but was saved by the referee’s quick thinking use… Read More
• Sports teams The Ballycastle Bats are a Quidditch team hailing from Ballycastle in Northern Ireland. They are considered to be Northern Ireland’s most celebrated team (QA7). Team notes robes: black with scarlet bat on the chest (QA7) hometown: Ballycastle, Northern Ireland (QA7) mascot: Barny the Fruitbat (QA7) Captain… Read More
• Towns Banchory, near the east coast of Scotland, was once the home of the Banchory Bangers, a Quidditch team known for their awful skills and reckless shenanigans that eventually led to the team’s disbanding in 1814 (QA5). Podcast:… Read More
• Event After a match against the Appleby Arrows in 1814, the Bangers attempted to capture a Hebridean Black dragon as their team mascot. Their foolishness led to their being banned from playing ever again (QA5). Podcast:… Read More
• Countries Located east of India on the coast of the Indian Ocean, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most populated countries despite its tiny size. Quidditch has never caught on much here, primarily because in this region flying carpets are used for transportation rather than brooms (QA8). Read More
• Spells The Banishing Charm sends an object away from the caster; the target object is said to have been Banished. The Banishing Charm is considered to be the reverse spell to the Summoning Charm (GF26). Podcast: Play in… Read More
• Character Lucas Bargeworthy was a Beater for the England National Team in 1870s. Bargeworthy was a participant in the mysterious 1877 Quidditch World Cup tournament held in Kazakhstan. Retaining no recollection of any of the events of the so-called “Tournament that Nobody Remembers“, he was missing most of his teeth when he… Read More
• Sports teams The Barnton Quidditch team is an amateur team which hails from a small village in the county of Cheshire (located east of Liverpool) in North-West England. According to an article entitled “Bring Back our Baskets!” in the Daily Prophet, the Barnton team had goals made of different sized baskets prior… Read More
• Character A red-haired Muggle boy whose appearance Harry uses in his “Cousin Barny” role at Bill and Fleur’s wedding (DH8). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 5.4MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Barry Ryan was a Quidditch player and Keeper for Ireland’s National Team (1994). Ryan was a member of the winning team at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup, along with teammates Connolly and Quigley (Beaters), Aidan Lynch (Seeker), Moran, Mullet and Troy (Chasers) (GF8). Rather than Ireland’s exciting final match against the… Read More
• Character Basil Horton played for the Falmouth Falcons Quidditch team in the 1920s. Along with his Falcons teammate Randolph Keitch, he started the Comet Trading Company in 1929. He and Randolph are also the creators of the Horton-Keitch Braking Charm (QA9). Podcast:… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Bats Survive the Tornados is an article published in the Sports section of the Daily Prophet (DP2). The Prophet reports on a Quidditch match where a surprise win by the Ballycastle Bats over former league leaders Tutshill Tornados was attributed to a suspicious bout of “sleeping sickness” which affected… Read More
• Quidditch The Beater is a Quidditch player who protects other players from Bludgers – while attempting to hit those Bludgers toward opposing players using a small bat. Background Originally, the Bludgers (or, aptly, Blooders) hit by the Beaters were flying rocks, which could be cracked by the Beaters’ bats. Read More
• Event Gertie Keddle, living near Queerditch Marsh, writes about some local witches and wizards playing a new game on broomsticks; over the next few centuries this game evolves into Quidditch (QA3). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Character Benjy Williams played Seeker for Puddlemere United Quidditch team in the 1990s (DP4). His catch of the Snitch, amidst the chaos of the riot that occurred during the grudge match against the Holyhead Harpies, won the game and brought it to a close. He and other… Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes Snowballs can be bewitched to fly around and hit things. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 5.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts… Read More
• Sports teams The Bigonville Bombers are a European Quidditch team from Bigonville in Luxembourg. The Bombers are known for their team’s offensive strategies and high scoring (QA8). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Character Brevis Birch was the Captain of the Tutshill Tornados Quidditch team in the 1990s (DP2). Birch blames the team’s loss to the Ballycastle Bats on a mysterious drowsiness that affected the Tornados’ Keeper, Mervyn Fenwick (DP2). Podcast:… Read More
• Cities Birmingham is located in west-central England and, after London, is the country’s second most populated city. The second time Harry rode the Knight Bus, the bus jumped from Grimmauld Place to “just outside Birmingham,” according to Stan Shunpike (OP24). Location: Map of Wizarding Britain Podcast:… Read More
• Character Regulus Black was the younger brother of Sirius Black. Unlike Sirius, Regulus was favored by their parents because he shared their overweening pride in their heritage and their belief in pure-blood supremacy; indeed, Regulus became one of Voldemort’s Death Eaters around 1977 at the age of sixteen. Sirius… Read More
• Character Susan Blancheflower played Keeper for the United States National Team at the Quidditch World Cup in 2014. Appearances A participant in the 2014 tournament, her weakness in the early rounds was letting in too many goals during the opening matches against Jamaica and their subsequent quarter-final against… Read More
• Quidditch Blatching is the Quidditch foul of flying to intentionally collide with another player (QA6). It will have been one of the fouls committed at the first Quidditch World Cup in 1473, where an instance of every known foul occurred (QA6). During their Round of 16 match in the Quidditch World… Read More
• Character Miles Bletchley was a Hogwarts student in Slytherin House c.1989-1996. He was on the Slytherin Quidditch Team, playing as their Keeper, during Harry Potter’s first Quidditch match in 1991 (PS11). Bletchley hit Alicia Spinnet from behind with a jinx in the library prior to the… Read More
• Character Jean-Baptiste Bloncourt is a Beater for the Haiti National Team at the Quidditch World Cup in 2014. As a participant at the 2014 tournament, Bloncourt single-handedly wrecked Haiti’s chances at the tournament in their first-round match against Brazil. Having accidentally hit the Haitian Seeker Jolicoeur moments before Jolicoeur… Read More
• Quidditch A Bludger is a round jet-black iron ball, 10 inches in diameter – that is, slightly smaller than a Quaffle – one of the four balls used in playing the game of Quidditch (in which two Bludgers are used at any one time). A Bludger always attacks and attempts… Read More
• Quidditch Bludger Backbeat is a method of hitting the Bludger backwards, difficult to pull off with any precision but very effective for disorienting opponents, who don’t expect a Bludger to come at them in that way (QA10). Podcast:… Read More
• Broomsticks The Bluebottle is a type of broom, aimed at the general transport market rather than for sports or racing use (GF8). It was advertised at the Quidditch World Cup final in 1994 on the blackboard. Marketed as a safe and reliable broom for families, it includes a built-in… Read More
• Transportation There are different types of enchanted boats in the Harry Potter universe. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 5.4MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Quote “. . .I grew up in a very large family and as the youngest member it was sometimes difficult to put my point across effectively. However, when a person’s bogies turn into black bats, which crawl out of their nostrils and flap away, you can generally count on them shutting… Read More
• Character Bogomil Levski was a Chaser for the Bulgarian National Team in 2014. As a member of the Bulgarian side at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, Levski and fellow Chasers Stoyanka Grozda and Nikola Vassileva were integral to the success of Bulgaria at the tournament (QWC). Matches The Bulgarians had quite an easy first… Read More
• Character Sylvian Boigny played Seeker for Ivory Coast’s National Team in 2014. A participant in the Quidditch World Cup tournament in 2014, Boigny failed to outrace the Norwegian Seeker and missed the Snitch in the opening Round of 16 match (QWC). Podcast:… Read More
• Character Bole was a Beater on the Slytherin Quidditch team in the 1990s. He deliberately fouled Alicia Spinnet in the 1994 Gryffindor-Slytherin Quidditch final by hitting her with his club. Bole then claimed he had thought she was a Bludger (PA15). Then again, given… Read More
• Character Bonawentura Wójcik played Seeker for the Polish National Team in 2014. Prior to the start of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup tournament, Wójcik was accused of being the transfigured Italian star Seeker Luciano Volpi. This was disproved by them standing side-by-side at a press conference (QWC). However, by the… Read More
• Character Gladys Boothby created the Moontrimmer racing broom in 1901, but was unable to keep up with commercial demand for it by Quidditch enthusiasts who wanted the broom’s new height-flying features (QA9). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Character Boris Vulchanov was a Beater for the Bulgaria National Team during the Quidditch World Cup tournament in 2014. He and the other Bulgarian Beater at the 2014 tournament, Dimitar Draganov, are considered to be a “competent” duo (QWC). Matches Their first fixture of the tournament was an easily won match against… Read More
• Source The Book of Spells is an augmented reality video game product which can only be played on the PlayStation using the Move Controllers. The material for the game was written by Rowling (which makes the content canon). The Book of Spells is a 200-year-old primer used in… Read More
• Quidditch The Bottom-of-the-Table is the position of last place in the standings. This term can be used at the end of a sports tournament or competition, or at the end of the season on the League Table. In the 1990s, the bottom of the British and Irish Quidditch League was… Read More
• Plants The bouncing bulb is the very active, moving root of a magical plant. Repotted during Herbology class; one wriggled free from Harry’s grasp and banged him in the face (GF18).  Mentioned in the Rumours advert for the Toots, Shoots ‘n’ Roots radio program (JKR). Read More
• Character Craig Bowker Jr. was a Slytherin Hogwarts student. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 5.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Character Bradley was a Hogwarts student in Ravenclaw House in the 1990s and was a Chaser on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team. Bradley played in the match against Gryffindor for the Quidditch Cup towards the end of the 1995-96 school year. Ron Weasley saved Bradley’s attempts on goal, and… Read More
• Sports teams Braga Broomfleet are a European Quidditch team from Portugal. Broomfleet use a unique Beater-marking system, which has made them one of the best teams in the world (QA8). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Character Barberus Bragge was Chief of the Wizards’ Council in 1269. Bragge attended a Quidditch match in 1269 and offered 150 Galleons to whomever caught the tiny Golden Snidget bird which he released onto the pitch. At that time, 150 Galleons was the equivalent of over a million… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Brand New Harpy Saves the Day is an article about the Holyhead Harpies Quidditch team appearing in the Sports section of the Daily Prophet (DP3). This report records the views of Holyhead Harpies team captain Gwenog Jones, following the Quidditch match during which the new Chaser for their team, Valmai… Read More
• Character Rudolf Brand is a Quidditch player and the Captain of the Heidelberg Harriers Quidditch team in the 1950s. Brand was the captain of the Harriers when they played what has been termed “the finest match ever seen” – an exciting seven-day marathon against the Holyhead Harpies in… Read More
• Character Maximus Brankovitch III is a famous American Quidditch player who played Seeker for the Fitchburg Finches Quidditch team. He was also the Seeker and Team Captain of the United States National Team (QA8). Podcast: Play in… Read More
• Sports teams The Brazilian National Teams are from the South American country of Brazil. Quidditch The national team had won the Quidditch World Cup five times prior to the 1990s (QWC), reaching the quarter-final stages of the tournament during the last century (QA8). The Brazilian team mascots… Read More
• Ministry of Magic The British and Irish Quidditch League is the professional league of Quidditch teams for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (QA7). History The British and Irish Quidditch League was established in 1674. At that time the Department of Magical Games and Sports decided to limit… Read More
• Event The thirteen best Quidditch teams are asked to join the League; all other teams are asked to disband. This caused plenty of anger and frustration among Quidditch fans of those teams that weren’t invited to join (QA7). Podcast:… Read More
• Character Karl and Kevin Broadmoor are brothers who were the Beaters for the Falmouth Falcons Quidditch team. They are known their misbehaviour on the pitch. During the eleven years that they played Quidditch for the Falcons (1958-1969), they received fourteen suspensions from the Department of Magical Games… Read More
• Broomsticks Brooms are a magical mode of transportation in the Wizarding World. About Broomsticks A flying broomstick is not simply a “normal” broomstick pressed into service as a mode of transportation. The flying broomstick is a magical item with built-in charms. The earliest known evidence of a broomstick enchanted to fly… Read More
• Magical effects Broomstick Magic comprises the various magical spells cast on brooms to help with riding and flying. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 5.4MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Bruno Bruunhart played Seeker for Liechtenstein’s National Team at the Quidditch World Cup tournament in 2014 (QWC). Appearances The team qualified for the 2014 tournament with a shock win over the China (QWC). Their first match against Chad became a three-day marathon, ending when Bruunhart finally caught the… Read More
• Sports teams The Bulgarian National Teams are from the European country of Bulgaria. Quidditch robes: scarlet/red (GF8, QWC) mascot: Veela (GF8, QWC) The Bulgaria Quidditch Team have played in the final of a Quidditch World Cup three times (QWC). Quidditch World Cup 1994 The… Read More
• Quidditch Bumphing is a Quidditch foul where the Beater intentionally hits a Bludger towards the crowd in order to halt the game momentarily, thereby denying an opposing Chaser a score (QA6). This would have been one of the many fouls committed at the first Quidditch World Cup in… Read More
• Character Charity Burbage was a professor of Muggle Studies at Hogwarts (DH2). She wrote an impassioned defense of Muggle-borns in the Daily Prophet during the summer of 1997; in retaliation, she was taken prisoner, then killed personally by Voldemort less than a week later at Malfoy Manor, at which point… Read More
• Sports teams The Burkina Faso National Teams are from the African country of Burkina Faso. Quidditch Led by their Seeker, Joshua Sankara, the national side played in the final of the 2006 Quidditch World Cup tournament against France, winning by 300 points to 220 (QWC). Podcast:… Read More