Some people are soccer fans, some are baseball fans, some enjoy following hockey, and others watch lacrosse. There is also basketball, tennis, baseball, cricket, figure skating, volleyball, and golf. People buy tickets to go to tournaments, watch games, and meet their star athletes in person. The athletes act as role models for people of all ages since they inspire their fans to be active and healthy by promoting a healthy lifestyle.
In the Harry Potter franchise, the wizards and witches are completely unaware of any of these Muggle sports. They don't know what a baseball bat is, how to use a tennis racquet, or what golf is. Instead, they all religiously follow the sport they call Quidditch. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the Weasleys introduce Harry to the Quidditch society by bringing him to the Quidditch World Cup. The readers had the chance to immerse themselves in Quidditch culture, discovering that wizards are just as obsessed with their magical sport as Muggles are with their regular ones.
Have you ever wanted to play Quidditch? During your time reading the Harry Potter books, did you ever wish you could fly through the air and be a magical athlete? This quiz will let you know if you're cut out to play Quidditch!
How many players are on a Quidditch team?
Fun fact: the Quidditch World Cup has been played approximately every four years since 1473. The Quidditch rulebook is said to be nineteen volumes long, and include strange rules including the prohibition of dragons in the stadium. While the Quidditch World Cup is thoroughly enjoyed and celebrated by the general wizarding public, the host country must work hard to conceal the stadium's location. It needs to hide the thousands of magical folk who show up to watch the tournament and ensure that they arrive safely. So how many team members are there?
What are the names of the positions on the team?
Now that you've guessed the amount of players on a Quidditch team, do you know what they're called? They have various jobs regarding the balls in the game and all ride through the air, but we'll get to that soon. Teams are able to enter the tournament up to twelve months before the final, and the amount of teams in each tournament varies from year to year. The tournament lasts a few years since there are so many countries competing. What are the positions on the team?
How many balls are there in play?
Now that we've covered the positions on the team, what balls are they all in charge of? Some of the balls head towards people and one in particular evades the Seeker until the last moment. One of the famous Seekers in the infamous Quidditch World Cup of 1994 was present to witness the projection of the Dark Mark into the sky. It was the Dark Mark's first appearance in fourteen years, making it an unforgettable match. What number of balls are in play in a Quidditch match?
What are the names of the balls?
One is meant to make goals, another two are meant to knock players out of the air, and the last flies around in hiding. The three Chasers hit one ball between them trying to get goals in past the Keeper. The Beaters have fun trying to hit balls at the opposing team in order to compete with them in a brutal yet legal way. Finally, the Seeker is in charge of the last and most important ball. What are these balls called?
How do the players fly around the court?
Quidditch is the only sport that is played in the air rather than the ground. The players fly around in the air using something magical, something that Harry has been excellent at since his very first class teaching him how to use it. In the air, they throw the Quaffle between them, beat the Bludgers at the opposing team members to make them fall to the ground, and search for the Golden Snitch. What magical object or spell do they use to fly through the air?
How many points does the team receive after the Seeker catches the Golden Snitch?
The Golden Snitch is the only ball that has silver wings and flies of its own accord. It is very small, walnut-sized, and the most important ball of all. The Seeker's only job is to fly around alone and try to catch the Snitch before the opposing team's Seeker. The game can only end once the Snitch has been caught, which means a game can last anywhere from a few minutes to months. How many points are rewarded to the team whose Seeker catches the Golden Snitch?
How many hoops are there for the Keeper to guard?
While the three Chasers fly through the air and try to keep the Quaffle on their team by tossing it between the three of them, the Chasers on the other team try to steal it from them and the Beaters use Bludgers to keep the other team away. Assuming it works and the Chasers reach the other team's Keeper, the Keeper has to make sure that the Quaffle does not get through the hoops. How many hoops does the Keeper have to guard?
What two countries competed against each other in the Quidditch World Cup in Goblet of Fire?
The Quidditch World Cup of 1994 was one that made history books. It had at least a hundred thousand spectators and it took the Ministry of Magic a year to construct a stadium to hold and conceal them all. After the match, Death Eaters terrorized the grounds by holding a family of Muggles hostage using magic. They also projected the Dark Mark into the sky, terrifying everyone. The match was historic for these reasons. Which countries had competed that night?
What was the name of Bulgaria's Seeker?
The Quidditch World Cup of 1994 had a very famous Seeker who was in his last year at Dumstrang. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, he started out as a celebrity and then became one of the competitors in the Triwizard Tournament. He got preferential treatment from Karkaroff due to his celebrity status and was helped throughout the tournament. He made Ron jealous at the Yule Ball by asking Hermione and dancing with her. What was his name?
What was the name of Harry's first professional broomstick?
In Madame Hooch's flying class, Draco Malfoy bullies Neville Longbottom by throwing Neville's Remembrall into the air. Harry, with absolutely no prior practice, leaped onto his broomstick and flew into the air to get it for his friend. Professor McGonagall catches him in the dive and marches him away. Although Harry thought that he would be in huge trouble, it turned out that McGonagall wanted to have him on the Gryffindor Quidditch team. She also secretly purchased him his first broomstick. What model was it?
Who bought Harry his Firebolt?
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry's broomsticks gets destroyed to splinters by the Whomping Willow due to Dementors swarming the Quidditch match. He mourns that broomstick since it meant a lot to him. However, not long after, a new broomstick arrives for him without a note. It is the Firebolt: the most prestigious and expensive broomstick on the market. Before Harry is allowed to use it, it is stripped to detect any dark magic since Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban. Luckily, it was safe. Who sent it to Harry?
What position did Harry play on the Gryffindor Quidditch team?
There are several positions to pick from: Seeker, Keeper, Chaser, and Beater. They all have unique roles that differ from each other and from typical Muggle sporting positions. Harry became the youngest Quidditch player in 100 years to be recruited onto a Hogwarts team. So what position did Harry Potter play on the Gryffindor team? He got to hold the position the entire time he attended Hogwarts. Here's a hint: Harry was discovered by Professor McGonagall while diving to catch a Remembrall.
Who were the Gryffindor Beaters?
The Beaters arguably have the most fun job of all of the Quidditch players. They get to fly around the arena and hit Bludgers at the other team members trying to knock them off of their brooms or, at the very least, off their game. They work to deter the opposing team from making any goals and away from their own teammates. The Gryffindor team had an epic pair of Beaters who helped Harry as much as they could. What were their names?
Who was the captain of the Gryffindor team when Harry joined?
In Harry's first three years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, there was a lovable character who was the captain and Keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Professor McGonagall brought Harry to him when she wanted Harry to join the Gryffindor team and he circled Harry like he was examining a piece of meat. Harry was his prized player, his secret weapon, and his young friend. He taught Harry the basics of Quidditch and really loved his youngest player. What was his name?
Which year did Harry become captain?
The first captain could only be captain for so long before he graduated. Harry was appointed as the next captain of the Quidditch team, which meant that he was also in charge of choosing the replacement teammates for the ones that had graduated. The Quidditch Cup was won by Gryffindor twice while Harry was captain, making him very successful. It was a great victory for Gryffindor and made Professor McGonagall extremely proud. Which year did Harry become captain and lead his team to win the Cup?
Who was the Slytherin Seeker?
Not only were the Slytherins the enemy of the Gryffindors on school grounds, they also gave the Gryffindors a run for their money on the Quidditch arena. The person who played the position of Seeker for the Slytherin team had his father buy his way onto the team. He bought new broomsticks for the entire team and was not as good as Harry at being Seeker. Which young Slytherin boy got to be Seeker due to his prestige and his father's money?
Did Gryffindor win the Quidditch Cup in Harry's first year?
When Harry first joined the the Gryffindor Quidditch team, his captain kept it a secret so that Harry would be a secret weapon. The team practised three times a week in order to be as strong of a team as possible. They won't the first game against Slytherin. They also won the game against Hufflepuff, even though Snape refereed. However, Harry was rendered unconscious in the hospital wing at the end of the year and had to sit the last game out. Did Gryffindor prevail without Harry and win the Cup?
How did Harry catch the Snitch in his first game?
Gryffindor won the first game they played with Harry on their team, but Harry caught the Golden Snitch in an unconventional way. In his first game, Ron and Hermione saw Professor Snape muttering under his breath and thought that he was trying to kill Harry, but it turned out to be Quirrell. Hermione, of course, saved the day by setting Snape's cloak on fire and breaking Quirrell's eye contact with Harry. Harry quickly caught the Snitch after his broom stopped jerking around, but how did he do?
Who was the captain of the Slytherin team?
The captain of the Slytherin team was quite scary. He looked to Harry as if he had some "troll blood" in him. He was also not the brightest member of the team, having to redo his last year at Hogwarts after failing all of his exams the first time. Not only was he the captain of the team, but he was a Chaser as well. He was a very rough player, trying to break Oliver Wood's finger when they shook hands and was not afraid of getting fouls. What was his name?
Who was the Hogwarts Quidditch Commentator?
The Quidditch games at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry were always filled with hilarious commentary by one of the Weasley twins' best friends. Since this person was friends with the twins, the three of them would play elaborate pranks together to make the school laugh. This person also had a part in Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes even before they opened a shop and were making trick candy in their bedroom. So what was the name of the Hogwarts Quidditch Commentator?
Who cursed the rogue Bludger in Harry's second year?
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry's second year at Hogwarts, Harry played a treacherous game against the Slytherins. It was extremely rainy and Harry had to navigate the field with low visibility. To top it off, there was a Bludger that seemed intent on attacking him. The Weasley twins flew around Harry trying to protect him, until Harry told them to leave so he could find the Snitch and the Bludger broke his arm. Who cursed the Bludger?
Why was the Quidditch Cup cancelled in Harry's second year?
In Harry's second year, the Chamber of Secrets was opened for the first time since Tom Riddle and Hagrid were students there. Muggle-born students were being attacked since they were looked down upon by Slytherins and the Chamber of Secrets had been created by Salazar Slytherin. The entire year was tumultuous, Hermione being one of the unfortunate students who was incapacitated. Tom Riddle, the young Voldemort, managed to make his way into his young body, almost killing Ginny Weasley. But why was the Quidditch Cup cancelled?
Why did Harry fall off his broom in his match against Hufflepuff in his third year?
In Harry's third year at Hogwarts, he was forced to play a game in bad weather conditions against Hufflepuff. They played in pouring rain and Harry had very low visibility with his glasses, until Hermione charmed them to repel the water. Harry was almost hit by a Bludger twice and had trouble spotting the Golden Snitch. Unfortunately, Harry fell of his broom and they lost the match to the Hufflepuffs. Cedric, the Hufflepuff Seeker, tried to give up the win, but it was not permitted. Why did Harry fall off of his broom?
Finish the song: "Weasley cannot save a thing, He can't block a single ring. That's why Slytherins all sing, _______"
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Angelina Johnson became the captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Since Oliver Wood was gone, Angelina had to appoint a new Keeper. Ron made the team, but he got very nervous while they played and managed to allow the opposing team to score lots of points. Slytherin loved him for it and made up a song to ridicule him, making him even more nervous. What were the lyrics to the chorus?
Who won the match in the 1994 Quidditch World Cup?
The first Quidditch World Cup that Harry got to watch was famous for the fact that the Death Eaters showed up as well as an unusual ending to the match. Harry and the rest of the spectators used magical objects to watch the game from their various seats in the arena to witness a rare ending to an amazing Quidditch match. The Bulgarian Seeker caught the Snitch, winning his team 150 points, but did that mean that they won the game?