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"JORDAN! ARE YOU BEING PAID TO ADVERTISE FIREBOLTS? GET ON WITH THE COMMENTARY!"
-- Minerva McGonagall (PA13)

Released in the summer of 1993, the Firebolt is currently the fastest racing broom in the world at that time. Developed by Randolph Spudmore, it is ground-breaking in that it has goblin-made ironwork parts – although working with goblins leads to frequent strikes, making this quite a rare broom.

Features:

  • streamlined, superfine handle of ash, treated with a diamond-hard polish
  • hand-numbered with its own registration number
  • tail twigs of birch, individually selected and honed to aerodynamic perfection
  • un-surpassable balance
  • pinpoint precision
  • acceleration of 150 mph in 10 seconds
  • unbreakable Braking Charm
  • when you pick it up then let go, it hovers at exactly the right height to mount
  • turns with the lightest touch, seems to obey thought rather than grip
  • superbly smooth action

 

Harry saw a prototype in Quality Quidditch Supplies the summer it came out and was sorely tempted to empty his Gringotts vault to buy one (PA4). He resisted the temptation, however, and to his surprise received a Firebolt for Christmas from his godfather, Sirius Black (PA11).

The Irish International Side flew Firebolt brooms in the 1994 Quidditch World Cup (GF8). Harry summoned the Firebolt to get through the first task of the Triwizard Tournament (GF20).

When he was banned from Quidditch, Professor Umbridge confiscated it (OP19).

Harry lost his Firebolt in the Battle of Seven Potters (DH4).

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