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Quidditch is a fictional ballgame, a sort of magical variant of football or polo, devised by J. K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series of children's books.

It is portrayed as very popular in the fictional world of Harry Potter. Hogwarts has four Quidditch teams in the books, one for each house in the school. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry attended the Quidditch World Cup.


It has been suggested that the name "quidditch" is derived from the names of the balls: Quaffle, Bludger and Snitch, though the book Quidditch Through the Ages suggests that the game is named after Queerditch Marsh, where the earliest version of the game was played in the eleventh century.

According to Quidditch Through the Ages, Quidditch began as a simple broom-based game, with players passing a leather ball, the quaffle, which they attempted to place in goals at either ends of the pitch. Soon after, the bludgers were added as charmed rocks, possibly an influence from the Scottish game Creaothceann, in which players attempted to catch falling rocks in a cauldron attached to their heads.

The addition of the Golden Snitch also derived from an earlier wizarding sport, in which wizards attempted to catch a Golden Snidget, a magical bird. In 1269, the Chief of the Wizards Council, Barberous Bragge unleashed a Golden Snidget, offering 150 galleons to the player who caught the bird. The value of 150 points was added as a tribute to this event, though in time the Golden Snidget was replaced with an enchanted ball, as the Golden Snidget became endangered.

A variant of Quidditch, Quodpot, is popular in the USA and the rest of the Western Hemisphere.


Teams of seven players mounted on broomsticks compete by throwing a ball called the Quaffle through any of three high mounted hoops at either end of the field. Meanwhile, magical Bludger balls actively attempt to unseat broom riders while team members called Beaters may use sticks to direct those balls at opponents.

The game ends when either team's Seeker gets hold of a small golden winged ball (the Golden Snitch). Getting the Snitch is worth 150 points, which is often enough to win the game. Many fans feel that this is a plot device intended to make it possible for Harry Potter to be single-handedly responsible for his house's victories.

House Teams

Gryffindor: Harry Potter, Oliver Wood, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Ron Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Angela Johnson, Katie.

Slytherin: Draco Malfoy, Marcus Flint.

Ravenclaw: Cho Chang.

Hufflepuff: .