Oh, the thrill of the chase as I soar through the air,
With the Snitch up ahead and the wind in my hair,
As I draw ever closer, the crowd gives a shout,
But then comes a Bludger and I am knocked out.
-- Ingolfr the Iambic (QA8)
The Seeker is the Quidditch player whose objective is to spot and catch the Golden Snitch. The role of the Seeker is often considered extremely important as catching the Snitch gives his or her team 150 points (PS10, CS7).
The position of Seeker was not originally a feature in the early versions of Quidditch (such as Cuaditch and Kwidditch), where the game was focused purely on the scoring of goals (QA3). With the introduction of a live Golden Snidget into a Quidditch match in 1269, the need for a specialised player arose (QA4).
The position of Seeker was originally called the “Hunter” (QA4).
Seekers need to be light and fast, with sharp eyes and good balance on a broom (QA6). Team captain Oliver Wood feels that Harry Potter is just the right “build” for a the Gryffindor Team’s Seeker (PS9).
Notes and interesting facts
"'Take out the Seeker' is the first rule in Brutus Scrimgeour's The Beaters' Bible" (QA6)
Lexicon timeline of Quidditch
Lexicon list of Seekers
From the Web
Writing by J K Rowling on Imgur (Daily Prophet coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, originally from Pottermore):
- History of the Quidditch World Cup
- Quidditch World Cup 1990-2014
- Match reports and articles from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup
Harry Potter Wiki: Seeker
WizardingWorld.com (Pottermore) features: