"German Seeker Thorsten Pfeffer today attempted the life-threatening Feint with awful consequences, failing to pull out in time and colliding with the ground at what onlookers estimated to be sixty miles an hour. Healers flooded the pitch and Skelegro was administered at the scene."
-- match report Wales v Germany, 2014 Quidditch World Cup (Pm)
The Wronski Defensive Feint is a dangerous Quidditch move where one Seeker dives toward the ground as if he sees the Snitch, drawing the opposing Seeker into a similar dive and driving him into the ground (QA10).
This manoeuvre was invented by famous and extremely talented Polish Seeker Josef Wronski who played for the Grodzisk Goblins (QA8).
It is a move requiring pinpoint accuracy and extraordinary flying skills and has been used by Seekers to stall for more time to look for the Snitch (QA10).
It was employed to great effect by Viktor Krum in the Ireland v Bulgaria match during the Quidditch World Cup final in 1994 (GF8).
However it was also used with injurious consequences during the knockout stages of the Quidditch World Cup in 2014 in the Wales v Germany match. German Seeker Thorsten Pfeffer was unable to pull out of his dive before hitting the ground (Pm).
While he was captain of the Gryffindor team, Oliver Wood had tried to explain the move to Harry Potter using written squiggles and representations but had failed to convey what the Wronski Feint was meant to achieve (GF9).
Referring to his appearance at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup match, Hermione Granger called Viktor Krum‘s move the “Wonky-Faint”, irritating
Harry (and making him miss having Ron Weasley to around talk to all the more) (GF19).
The diving move that Harry uses to capture the dragon’s egg during the TriWizard Tournament at Hogwarts is based on the Wronski Feint (GF28).
From the Web
Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore:
- History of the Quidditch World Cup
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup reports
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup final
- The Daily Prophet
Pottermore enhanced reading experience: Quidditch World Cup
Screenshots of the original Daily Prophet coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore: Imgur archive
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Harry Potter Wiki: Wronski Feint
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