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"Penalty! Penalty to Gryffindor! I've never seen such tactics."
-- Madam Hooch, refereeing the Slytherin v Gryffindor Quidditch Cup final (PA15)

The Referee awards penalties to a team when a foul is called in their favour (QA6).

  • To take the penalty, a Chaser flies from the centre circle of the pitch toward the goal and tries to score (QA6).
  • The rules state that no players are allowed on that side of the pitch except the opposing Keeper during the penalty attempt (QA6).

Notes and interesting facts:

Commentary

Etymology

In sports, a 'penalty' (Eng) is a punishment or handicap (a kick or shot awarded to the opposing team) which is imposed on a player or team because of an infringement of the rules. (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/penalty)

From the Web

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

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