"Three Chasers try and score with the Quaffle; the Keeper guards the goalposts; the Beaters keep the Bludgers away from their team...."
-- Harry Potter (PS10)
"....every goal has been hard won against Beaters who on both sides are showing superb precision and power"
-- Ginny Weasley, Daily Prophet, match report Chad v Lichtenstein, 17 May 2014 (Pm)
The Beater is a Quidditch player who protects other players from Bludgers while attempting to hit the Bludgers toward opposing players using a small bat.
- Two Beater moves in the modern Quidditch game are the Bludger Backbeat, where the Beater uses a difficult backhand swing, and the Dopplebeater Defence, where two Beaters combine for extra power (QA10).
- The Braga Broomfleet team from Portugal have pioneered a Beater-marking system (QA8).
- A foul frequently committed by Beaters is bumphing, where a Bludger is hit into the crowd, causing a halt to the game while officials ensure public safety (QA6).
- The book The Beaters’ Bible by Brutus Scrimgeour recommends that the first priority for a Beater is to “take out the Seeker” (QA6).
Some famous Beaters include:
- Fred and George Weasley (Gryffindor Quidditch team)
- Gwenog Jones (Wales National Team and Holyhead Harpies) (DP1, DP2, DP3, DP4, HBP4, HBP7, HBP14, Pm)
- Ludo Bagman (England National Team and Wimbourne Wasps) (GF7, GF8, GF9, GF16, QA)
- Karl and Kevin Broadmoor (Falmouth Falcons) (QA7)
- Vulchanov and Volkov (the 1994 Bulgarian National Team) (GF8, Pm)
- Shintaro Shingo and Masaki Hongo (2014 Japanese National Team) (Pm).
Players list: Beaters
The story goes that the Wimbourne Wasps team got their name from one of their Beaters hitting a Bludger into a wasps' nest, stinging the Appleby Arrows' Seeker so badly that he had to stop playing, which led to a Wasps win (QA7).
Although the dates printed on the Daily Prophet Newsletters are:
the timeframe for these events is 1992-1993.
From the Web
Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore:
Pottermore collection: Quidditch
Harry Potter Wiki: Beater