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Comet Trading Company

"On the other hand, she rides a Comet Two Sixty, which is going to look like a joke next to the Firebolt."
-- Oliver Wood (PA13)

Comet Trading Company

The Comet Trading Company was founded in 1929 by Basil Horton and Randolph Keitch, the company produced a very popular series of broomsticks (QA9).

Comet series brooms featured the Horton-Keitch braking charm which gave Quidditch players much more control over their movements (QA9).

Models produced include: Comet 140, Comet 180, Comet Two Sixty (260) and Comet Two Ninety (290) (QA9).

Before his father bought the Slytherin Quidditch Team new Nimbus 2001s, Draco Malfoy had flown a Comet broom (PS10).

Cho Chang, Seeker on the Ravenclaw Quidditch Team, also rides a Comet broomstick (PA13).

On her old Comet broom, Tonks is envious of Harry Potter‘s Firebolt (OP3).

Which Broomstick magazine reviews the latest Comet brooms (OP9).

During the tryouts for the Gryffindor Quidditch Team a Comet broom crashed (HBP11).

A Comet was one of the brooms involved in a ‘broom smash’ over the River Mersey prior to the last concert date of Celestina Warbeck‘s Flighty Aphrodite tour (DP2, Pm).

Splinter and Kreek’s sells secondhand Comet 220 broomsticks (DP4).

Commentary

Etymology

Comets orbit the Sun on long elliptical paths and consist of ice, gas and dust particles. When a Comet appears in the sky it is a beautiful thing to behold - so quite a good name for a flying broomstick.

Notes

Lexicon list of Broom Manufacturers

Although the dates printed on the Daily Prophet Newsletters are:

  • DP2: 8 February 1999 and
  • DP4: 1 October 1999,

the timeframe for these events is 1992-1993.

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