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"I am sorry to hear that you do not feel we give enough coverage to the game of Gobstones. The reason for this is that most wizards find it deeply boring."
-- Editor's reply to a letter in the Daily Prophet (DP1)

Gobstones

These objects – playing pieces for the game of the same name – spit a disgusting fluid at players when they lose.

  • According to Pottermore:  "Players start the game with fifteen small, round Gobstones each (Gobstones are sold in sets of thirty) and the winner must capture all of his opponent’s stones. Though most commonly (as the name implies) made of stone, Gobstones may also be made of precious metals" (Pm).
  • The President of the English Gobstones team is Roland Kegg (FW).
  • The current Gobstones World Champion is Kevin Hopwood (Pm).
  • Severus Snape's mother, Eileen Prince, was Captain of the Gobstones Team while at Hogwarts (HBP25).
  • A solid gold set is available to purchase on Diagon Alley (PA4).
  • Percy Weasley left a set of Gobstones in Gryffindor after leaving Hogwarts, which Ron tried to suggest to distract Harry from thinking about Sirius Black (PA11).
  • Some second year students were worried that Dolores Umbridge would shut down the Hogwarts Gobstones Club because of Educational Decree Twenty-Four (OP17).

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Notes

Although the date printed on the Daily Prophet Newsletter DP1 is 31 July 1998 and DP2: 8 February 1999, the timeframe for those events is 1992-1993.

From the Web

Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore: Gobstones

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