"Foul!" screamed the Gryffindors.
-- during the Gryffindor v Slytherin match (PS11)

A foul is an infraction of the rules of Quidditch.

There are seven hundred recorded ways to commit a foul in Quidditch, all of which occurred in the World Cup match held in 1473 between Transylvania and Flanders (QA6).

Notes and interesting facts:

  • As the catching of the Golden Snitch is so highly scored, Seekers are more likely to be fouled than any other players on the pitch (PS10).
  • Professor McGonagall was considered to be a very talented Quidditch player before a nasty fall caused serious injuries during her final year at Hogwarts. The fall occurred because of a foul committed during that year's Gryffindor versus Slytherin game (Pm).
  • The Slytherin v Gryffindor Quidditch Cup final, won by Gryffindor with Harry Potter as their Seeker during his third year at Hogwarts, was particularly full of ill-tempered fouling incidents (PA15).
  • Fouls and their awarded penalty shots, often take place during the Quidditch World Cup and league matches - due to the fast and furious nature of such games (GF8, QA6Pm).



In sports situations, the word 'foul' means an unfair or illegal play or to commit a such an offence against an opponent. (Oxford English Dictionary: foul)

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Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore: History of the Quidditch World Cup

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