Gertie Keddle, living near Queerditch Marsh, writes about some local witches and wizards playing a new game on broomsticks; over the next few centuries this game evolves into Quidditch (QA3). Read More
The Holyhead Harpies Quidditch team would go on to keep an 800+ year tradition of hiring only witches starting from their formation in 1203 (QA7). Read More
At a Quidditch match, Chief Barberus Bragge of the Wizards’ Council releases a Golden Snidget and offers 150 Galleons to whichever player catches it first; this eventually proves so popular that a new position is added to Quidditch teams, the “Hunter,” whose sole task is to catch a Golden Snidget… Read More
One of the earliest teams to be established,  they would not have been called The “Pride of Portree” when they were founded because Portree did not exist until hundreds of years later. The original name of the team is not known. Read More
The Wizard’s Council is concerned about anti-Muggle precautions and issues this decree to try to curtail the exuberance of fans and players. The rule proves ineffective and further rulings over the next decades demonstrate the Council’s frustration over the issue. Read More
Until this point in 1385, there was no record that the game of Quidditch had migrated over to Ireland. This match is played against a team from Lancashire but involves Irish players who had come over from Cork, which indicates that the game had been played there… Read More
The earliest known full description of the game appears in 1398, in a book by Zacharias Mumps. The game he describes already closely resembled modern Quidditch (QA5, QA6). Read More
The Wizards’ Council declares that Quidditch should not be played “anywhere near anyplace where there is the slightest chance that a Muggle might be watching or we’ll see how well you can play whilst chained to a dungeon wall” (QA5). Read More
Ingolfr the Iambic from Norway and Malecrit from France write of Quidditch matches taking place in their countries, by which we see that the game was spreading across Europe in the early 1400s (QA8). Read More
In 1422, the Wigtown Wanderers Quidditch team is formed by the four sons and three daughters of Walter Parkin, a butcher from Wigtown in Scotland (QA7). Walter would stand on the sidelines with a wand on one hand and a meat cleaver in the… Read More
Enchanting the Beaters’ bats makes the Bludgers, which in the 15th century are rocks cut into the shape of balls, even more dangerous. When smashed by the now-magical bats, the Bludgers become flying gravel that pursues the Quidditch players around the pitch (QA6). Read More
This first Quidditch World Cup game to be played has gone down in history as one of the most violent of all time, as it involved every one of the 700 ways to commit a Quidditch foul. The final match pitted Transylvania against Flanders (QA6). Read More
Beaters having difficulties with ball-shaped Bludgers made from rocks shattering into gravel, they first try using lead Bludgers, which prove to be too soft. They eventually progressed to making the balls out of iron – the material still used today (QA6). Read More
After the extremely violent final match of the first Quidditch World Cup in 1473, seven hundred fouls were identified and listed. Most of these violent fouls were the result of players using wands to curse opposing players, which led in 1538 to an outright ban on using a wand… Read More
The thirteen best Quidditch teams are asked to join the league; all other teams are asked to disband. This caused plenty of anger and frustration among Quidditch fans of those teams that weren’t invited to join (QA7). Read More
Before the invention of the Pennifold Quaffle, dropped quaffles often fell to the ground. Red balls were easier to distinguish against the muddy, wintertime Quidditch pitch (QA6). Read More
The Pennifold Quaffle was invented by Daisy Pennifold after the introduction of the red Quaffle in 1711. It causes the Quaffle to fall slowly towards the ground rather than dropping “like a rock” due to gravity. This allows Chasers to catch the Quaffle while they are… Read More
Abraham Peasegood invented the game of Quodpot when a Quaffle came into contact with his wand when the items had been transported in his luggage from Britain. Peasegood took the Quaffle out to play Quidditch and the ball exploded (QA8). Read More
This Quidditch World Cup tournament is remembered for “The Attack of the Killer Forest“, after a disastrous event followed the final match between Romania and New Spain (Pm). Read More
After a match against the Appleby Arrows in 1814, the Bangers attempted to capture a Hebridean Black dragon as their team mascot. Their foolishness led to their being banned from playing ever again (QA5). Read More
Although the Quidditch World Cup is said to be held every four years, what happened in 1877 is a mystery and it is known as “The Tournament that Nobody Remembers” (Pm). Read More
This Quidditch World Cup tournament was staged in 1878 as a replacement of the 1877 “Tournament that Nobody Remembers” (Pm). Read More
As reported in the 1883 Daily Prophet article “Bring Back Our Baskets“, this change by the Department of Magical Games and Sports was made to ensure fairness and consistency (QA6). Read More
The Department of Magical Games and Sports introduces a new rule that only one Chaser at a time may be within the scoring area. This new rule provokes a strong response from fans who loved seeing opposing Keepers roughed up. The Ministry representative announces the rule this way: “Instances of stooging… Read More
The Tutshill Tornados Quidditch team were dominant over the British and Irish Quidditch League in the early 1900s and had a record-breaking five consecutive League Cup wins. They were captained to all five by their famous Seeker, Roderick Plumpton (QA7). Read More
In 1926, the Ollerton brothers’ first broom, the Cleansweep One, revolutionizes the game of Quidditch. The Cleansweep Broom Company continues to produce top quality racing brooms for the next few decades (QA9). Read More
Quidditch Through the Ages, the extremely popular book by Kennilworthy Whisp, has since gone through many revisions — the current edition which contains information into the 1990s. However, the original edition was published in 1952 by Whizz Hard Books, Diagon Alley, London. Read More
The Australian National Team, along with their star Chaser, Royston Idlewind, won this Quidditch World Cup tournament (Pm). Read More
This Quidditch World Cup tournament is better known as the World Cup of “Royston Idlewind and the Dissimulators“, following a controversial wand ban. The final match was played between Syria and Madagascar, and was won by the Syrian National Team (Pm). Read More
Gryffindor had won the Quidditch Cup the previous year (1984). During his first year, Harry says to himself that “The idea of overtaking Slytherin in the house championship was wonderful, no one had done it for seven years” (PS13). The 1983-84 school year is seven school years before that… Read More
Nearly Headless Nick tells the new Gryffindors about the House Cup, saying that “Gryffindor have never gone so long without winning. Slytherin have got the cup six years in a row!” (PS7) Having been pushed hard by Oliver Wood in Quidditch practice, Harry thinks “If they won their next… Read More
Nearly Headless Nick tells the new Gryffindors about the House Cup, saying that “Gryffindor have never gone so long without winning. Slytherin have got the cup six years in a row!” (PS7) Having been pushed hard by Oliver Wood in Quidditch practice, Harry thinks “If they won their next… Read More
Harry Potter is told during his first year by Nearly Headless Nick that Slytherin House has won the House Cup for several years: “Gryffindor have never gone so long without winning. Slytherin have got the cup six years in a row!” (PS7) Later he thinks: “If they won their… Read More
“Gryffindor have never gone so long without winning. Slytherin have got the cup six years in a row!” — Nearly Headless Nick to new Gryffindors (PS7) “If they won their next match, against Hufflepuff, they would overtake Slytherin in the House Championship for the first time in seven… Read More
New Gryffindors are told about the House Cup by Nearly Headless Nick “Gryffindor have never gone so long without winning. Slytherin have got the cup six years in a row!” (PS7) Harry speculates after a hard Quidditch practice session “If they won their next match, against Hufflepuff, they would… Read More
The Canadian team beat the Scots in a very close final match. Scottish Seeker Hector Lamont blamed his failure to catch the Snitch on genetics (Pm). Read More
The Slytherin Quidditch Team “flatten” Gryffindor in the final Quidditch match the previous year, according to McGonagall (PS9). The new Gryffindors are reminded of the history during their first evening by Nearly Headless Nick “Gryffindor have never gone so long without winning. Slytherin have got the cup six years… Read More
For this important Gryffindor v Slytherin Quidditch match – Harry Potter’s first ever, Harry’s friends in the audience support him with a banner reading “Potter for President” and cheer him on. From the stands, Professor Quirrell tries to knock Harry off his broom with magic during the… Read More
Severus Snape is the surprise Referee for this late afternoon match between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff in February 1992 (PS13). According to Professor Quirrell, this is in order to protect Harry Potter (PS17), although of course the Gryffindors assume that he’s there to cheat in favour… Read More
Following his struggle with the Voldemort-possessed Professor Quirrell, a battered Harry Potter is unconscious in the Hospital Wing for three days. Because of this, he missed the last Quidditch match of the 1991-92 school year, against Ravenclaw. There was no alternative Seeker for the… Read More
Gryffindor wins the House Cup, but not the Quidditch Cup, which goes to Slytherin. As Dumbledore starts speaking before the feast, Slytherin leads in house points with 472, Gryffindor is last with 312, and Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw are in the middle. But Dumbledore recognizes the achievements of Harry and his… Read More
In a Quidditch match against the Slytherin Quidditch Team, a rogue Bludger breaks Harry’s arm. During the game one Bludger persistently followed his every move, making it impossible for Harry to look for the Snitch or for Gryffindor’s Beaters to protect their Chasers (CS10). Determined to outfly… Read More
“Harry had been to several Hogwarts feasts, but never one quite like this. Everybody was in their pyjamas, and the celebrations lasted all night. Harry didn’t know whether the best bit was…. his and Ron’s four hundred points securing Gryffindor the House Cup for the second year running….” (CS18)… Read More
The Gryffindor Quidditch Team loses to Hufflepuff when Dementors invade the pitch. The effect of their presence causes Harry Potter to fall off his broom, and Cedric Diggory grabs the Snitch. Harry’s Nimbus 2000 is blown into the Whomping Willow and smashed to bits… Read More
Because Ravenclaw beat Hufflepuff in their Quidditch match at the end of November, the Gryffindor team is not out of the running for this year’s Quidditch Cup. This helps Harry Potter feel a little bit better about him falling off his broom when they played… Read More
The successful Japanese Quidditch team, Toyohashi Tengu, narrowly missed a win over the Gorodok Gargoyles of Lithuania when they played each other in a 1994 match. With Quidditch growing in popularity in Asia only during the last century, this was considered a good result against… Read More
Because Slytherin did not beat the Ravenclaw team by a large margin in their Quidditch match, Oliver Wood tells Harry Potter that it means that Gryffindor will be in second place for the Quidditch Cup if they also beat Ravenclaw in the next match (PA12). Read More
Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw in Harry Potter’s third year is the first Quidditch match where he is allowed to fly on his new Firebolt broom, which was given back to him only in time for one practice session with the team (PA13). It is a “must win” situation… Read More
In this match, the Slytherin team members resort to dirty tactics to try and beat Gryffindor’s team in the last Quidditch match of the year. However, in spite of Slytherin’s efforts to foul and cheat, Harry Potter catches the Snitch and Gryffindor wins the Quidditch… Read More
“Gryffindor house, meanwhile, largely thanks to their spectacular performance in the Quidditch Cup, had won the House Championship for the third year running. This meant that the end-of-term feast took place amid decorations of scarlet and gold, and that the Gryffindor table was the noisiest of the lot, as everybody… Read More
The game is brutal and so fast-paced that Ludo Bagman’s commentary can barely keep up. The Bulgarian National Team’s young seeker, Viktor Krum, uses his excellent flying skills to catch the Snitch, doing so despite his team being down more than 150 in order to avoid further humiliation at the… Read More
Mascots have been a problem at several Quidditch matches. An attempt by the ICWQC to restrict the size and nature of mascots to “herbivores, creatures smaller than a cow and nothing that breathes fire” was defeated in 1995 (Pm). Currently the ICWQC’s rulebook states “no dragon is to be introduced… Read More
Thanks to the Triwizard Tournament taking place at Hogwarts during Harry’s fourth year, the Quidditch games and the Quidditch Cup were cancelled. “It is also my painful duty to inform you that the inter-house Quidditch Cup will not take place this year.” — Albus Dumbledore (GF12) The End… Read More
Ron Weasley, who supports the Chudley Cannons, accuses Cho Chang of being one of Tutshill Tornados fans to have only begun following the team since they started winning. Cho coolly answers that she has been a fan since childhood. Hermione Granger starts arguing with Ron afterwards,… Read More
The Gryffindor and Slytherin teams play their first match of the 1995-96 season. The Slytherin supporters have invented a song, “Weasley is Our King“, to unnerve Ron, who promptly falls apart during the match. However, the Gryffindor team still win when Harry beats Draco Malfoy… Read More
During the Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw Quidditch match, from which Harry Potter is banned from playing, he and Hermione Granger go with Hagrid deep into the Forbidden Forest to meet his giant half-brother Grawp (OP30). In spite of Slytherin supporters singing “Weasley is our King” to upset… Read More
The Gryffindor team wins against Slytherin in their first Quidditch match of the 1996-97 school year. This was largely thanks to Harry, who pretended to give the Felix Felicis potion to Ron Weasley before the game to bolster his confidence (HBP14). After the game, Ron… Read More
Luna Lovegood provides the commentary for the fourth Quidditch match of the season. Although playing as Gryffindor’s Keeper, Cormac McLaggen grabs a Beater’s bat and cracks Harry’s skull, knocking him unconscious. While Harry is taken to the Hospital Wing, Hufflepuff win the match by… Read More
The Gryffindor team, with Ginny Weasley as their Seeker and Ron Weasley in front of the goal hoops, won their final match against Ravenclaw by a margin of at least 300 points (needed in order to be that year’s Quidditch Cup winners). They won the Cup… Read More
This Quidditch World Cup tournament was notable for: the heightened security measures put in place because of the chaos following the appearance of the Dark Mark at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup; being only the second all-Africa final (Senegal v Malawi); and the arrest of the Senegalese team mascots (… Read More
The final match in the 2002 tournament was played between Egypt and Bulgaria. After the Seeker Rawya Zaghloul caught the Snitch (Egypt won by 450 points to Bulgaria’s 300), defeated Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum announced his retirement from international Quidditch (Pm). Read More
The team from Burkina Faso won this Quidditch World Cup tournament against the side from France by 300 points to 220. After the excitement of winning died down, Seeker Joshua Sankara relinquished his new position as Burkina Faso’s Minister for Magic in favour of continuing his Quidditch career (Pm). Read More
The final was an exciting three-day long match between the Chinese National side and a team from Moldova, and was eventually won by China (Pm). Read More
In the article headlined “Disastrous Opening Ceremony Leads to Questions about Quidditch World Cup Security“, the Daily Prophet covered the riot and disaster that took place during the Opening Ceremony preceding the 2014 Quidditch World Cup tournament, documenting both the excuses and finger-pointing between Argentinian officials, commentators… Read More
This first match of the 2014 tournament was won by joint favourite Norway by 340 points to Ivory Coast’s 100. Fans still irate about the behaviour of the Norwegian Selma during the previous day’s Opening Ceremony tried to jinx Norwegian Chaser Lars Lundekvam. Although they lost the match, Chaser Elodie Dembélé (only… Read More
Fijian Seeker Joseph Snuka’s controversial early capture of the Snitch gifted the Nigerian National Team the win in this first round of the tournament. The final score was: Nigeria 400 – Fiji 160 (Pm). Read More
An illegal capture of the Snitch by Haitian Beater Jean-Baptiste Bloncourt meant disqualification from the tournament, giving Brazil the victory by a score of 100 points to Haiti’s 90 (accumulated before the match was stopped at the time of the foul) (Pm). Read More
The Daily Prophet reported that an official investigation taking place before the result could be confirmed for the USA v Jamaica match, which had ended when US seeker Darius Smackhammer caught the Snitch. The ICWQC were looking into the possibility of a jinx from within the crowd after Jamaican Keeper Kquewanda… Read More
The late edition of Evening Prophet reported that the ICWQC enquiry had determined that Jamaican Keeper Kquewanda Bailey was suffering from an infected Sasabonsam bite (which she had sustained during the Opening Ceremony riot). The USA was therefore deemed to have won the match by 240 points… Read More
Liechtenstein’s Chaser Willi Wenzel was injured early on, but gamely continued playing during the first day’s 11-hour match against the national team from Chad. With the score standing at Chad with 140 points and Liechtenstein with 120 points, play was set to resume the next day after a short… Read More
Liechtenstein emerged victorious on the third day of this marathon match against Chad. The final score stood at Liechtenstein on 470 points and Chad on 330. The exhausted players from both teams embraced in tears after Liechtenstein Seeker Bruno Bruunhart caught the Snitch (Pm). Read More
Referee Georgios Xenakis sent off New Zealand Chaser Dennis Moon after ruling that Moon’s crash into one of the Bulgarian Chasers, Bogomil Levski, was deliberate rather than accidental. Bulgaria won by the large margin of 410 points to 170 (Pm). Read More
The lopsided score (Japan 350 – Poland 140) was not really a reflection of the skills of the Polish side, whose Seeker, Wladyslaw Wolfke, was said to be “one to watch” for the future. The Japanese Beaters, Shintaro Shingo and Masaki Hongo, controlled the match (Pm). Read More
The ever-controversial manager of the Welsh National Team, Gwenog Jones, said she was “bloody delighted” to have won their match against Germany by a score of 330 points to 100, after hearing that the severely injured German Seeker, Thorsten Pfeffer was going to recover. He was lured by a… Read More
Welsh team manager Gwenog Jones exacted her revenge on Brazil’s manager José Barboza in full view of a packed crowd of spectators after her team lost their quarter-final match to Brazil by 460 points to 300. The two managers have been feuding since Barboza had called her Chasers “talentless… Read More
Viktor Krum‘s early capture of the Snitch secured an easy victory for Bulgaria over the tournament joint favourite Norway National Team by 170 points to 20. Many Norwegian fans blame the Selma and the Opening Ceremony disaster for Norway’s poor showing in the 2014 tournament (Pm). Read More
Ecstatic fans were celebrating long into the evening after the United States National Team beat the Liechtenstein side in an exciting match. Although Liechtenstein Chaser Otmar Frick scored the most individual goals at 16, the American Chasers ensured that the US were never far behind. The game ended with… Read More
A special edition of the Evening Prophet reported that, following the earlier United States victory over their team, Liechtenstein’s mascot, Hans the Augurey, had been kidnapped by over-enthusiastic American Quidditch fans. Feelings were running high in both camps (Pm). Read More
Fans of Hans the Augurey were relieved to hear that the Liechtenstein team’s mascot had been safely returned after an international incident caused by American Quidditch fans kidnapping him after their surprise win the previous day. MACUSA President Samuel G. Quahog, and the Liechtenstein Minister for Magic, Otto Obermeier,… Read More
A powerful Bludger hit by Japanese Beater Masaki Hongo smashed the tail from the Thunderbolt VII broom of Nigerian Seeker Samuel Equiano, causing him to spin out of control. While his distracted teammates flew to save him, the Snitch was caught and Japan won the… Read More
In the article “Place Your Bets with Ludo Bagman“, former Wimbourne Wasps and English National Team Beater Ludo Bagman rated the four teams in the Semi-finals and gave odds on the likelihood of each team winning the tournament (Pm). Read More
The first day of the USA v Brazil semi-final featured errors on both sides due to nerves and pressure. American Chaser Mercy Wardwell dropped the Quaffle five times; two of the Brazilian Chasers –  Alejandra Alonso and Fernando Diaz – also dropped the Quaffle twice each; and… Read More
In contrast to the previous day, the second day saw thrilling play during the Brazil v USA semi-final, with both teams seemingly re-energised following the sleep break. Brazilian Keeper Raul Almeida’s saves prevented the American Chasers from running away with the scoring. In the end, it came down to an exciting… Read More
The ten-hour semi-final between the Bulgarian National Team and the Japanese National Team was a hugely enjoyable high scoring and thrilling match. The first three-quarters of the game were dominated by Japan, who at one point were 250 points ahead, but the Bulgarian team did not give up. After a brilliant diversionary… Read More
In her article “Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at the Quidditch World Cup Final”, Rita Skeeter writes about the meeting of former Dumbledore’s Army members as they got together before the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final (Pm). Read More
This consolation match between the Japanese and American teams was won by Japan with a score of 330 points to USA’s 120. Japanese Beaters Masaki Hongo and Shintaro Shingo showed off their defensive skills and the Japanese Chasers scored 18 goals, before their Seeker Noriko Sato caught… Read More
The final match of the 2014 tournament took place between the national teams of Brazil and Bulgaria on 11 July 2014. This extremely exciting and emotional match ended when veteran Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum caught the Snitch, ensuring that Bulgaria won by 160 points to 70 (Pm). Read More