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28 Sep '16

Quidditch on Harry Potter

Okay, Let's we talk about Quidditch

Quidditch  is a competitive sport in the Wizarding World of the Harry Potter universe, featured in the series of novels and movies. Matches are played between two teams of seven players riding flying broomsticks, using four balls: a Quaffle, two Bludgers, and a Golden Snitch. Six ring-shaped goals are situated atop poles of different heights, three on each side of the pitch. It is an extremely rough but very popular semi-contact sport, played by wizards and witches. In the Wizarding World of the Harry Potter universe, Quidditch has a fervent fan following.

Harry Potter plays an important position for his house team at Hogwarts: he is the Seeker and becomes the team captain in his sixth year at school. Regional and international Quidditch competitions are mentioned throughout the series. In Goblet of Fire, Quidditch at Hogwarts is cancelled for the Triwizard Tournament, but Harry and the Weasleys attend the Quidditch World Cup. In addition, Harry uses his Quidditch skills to capture a golden egg from a kind of dragon called the Hungarian Horntail (in the first task of the Tri-Wizard Tournament), to capture a flying key in Philosopher's Stone, and on two vital occasions in Deathly Hallows — getting hold of Ravenclaw's Diadem and during the final fight with Voldemort — Harry's Quidditch skills prove extremely useful. Harry has owned two broomsticks, the Nimbus 2000 and the Firebolt, both of which are lost by the series' end. His Nimbus 2000 is destroyed by the Whomping Willow in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and his Firebolt is lost in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The game has been adopted in the real world. In this game the players run instead of flying but the basic rules are the same.

Golden Snitch

The history of the Snitch is perhaps the most interesting of all the Quidditch balls, and its introduction came as the direct result of a game played in 1269 in Kent. This is over a century on from Goodwin Kneen's letter to his cousin, and it seems that during this time, the game had acquired a great deal of popularity and organisation, but had altered in its format very little. It was, however, now routinely attended by large crowds of people who wanted to watch the game.

The 1269 game mentioned above was attended by Barberus Bragge, the Chief of the Wizards' Council. As a nod to the sport of Snidget-hunting, which was also popular at the time, Bragge brought such a bird to the game and released it from its cage. He told the players that one-hundred fifty Galleons — a large sum of money, particularly in those times — would be awarded to the player who caught the bird.

This was easier said than done: the Snidget is very fast, very small, and can make sudden changes of direction at high speeds. The considerable challenge posed by the flight patterns of the bird is what made Snidget-hunting so popular in the first place.

What happened at the Quidditch game in question was rather predictable: the players totally ignored the game, and each and every one simply went off in pursuit of the Snidget, which was kept within the arena by the crowd using Repelling Charms.

Wimbourne Wasps versus Appleby Arrows
An early age game of Quidditch, featuring the use of the Golden Snitch
A witch named Modesty Rabnott, who was also watching the game, took pity on the Snidget and rescued it with a Summoning Charm before rushing away with it hidden inside her robes. She was caught by a furious Bragge and fined ten Galleons for disrupting the game, but not before she had released the Snidget. This saved the life of this bird, but the connection with Quidditch had been made, and soon a Snidget was being released at every game. Each team had an extra player — originally called the Hunter, later the Seeker — whose sole job was to catch and kill the Snidget, for which one-hundred fifty points were awarded in memory of the one-hundred fifty Galleons offered by Bragge in the original game.

The vast popularity of the sport led to quickly declining Snidget numbers, and in the middle of the 14th century it was made a protected species by the Wizards Council, now headed by Elfrida Clagg. This meant that the bird could no longer be used for Quidditch purposes, and indeed the Modesty Rabnott Snidget Reservation was created in Somerset to safeguard the Snidget's future survival.

The game of Quidditch, however, could not continue without a substitute.

Whilst most people looked for a suitable alternative bird to chase, a metal-charmer called Bowman Wright from Godric's Hollow had a different idea: he invented a fake Snidget which he called the Golden Snitch. His invention was pretty much what we see on the Quidditch pitch today: a golden ball with silver wings, the same size and weight as a real Snidget, bewitched to accurately follow its flight patterns. An additional benefit was that the ball was also charmed to stay within the playing area, removing the need for the continual use of Repelling Charms by the crowd.

The Snitch was approved as a Snidget substitute, the game of Quidditch could continue, and the modern sport as we know it was complete. All of the balls used in the modern game were now present, organised teams played against each other, and vast numbers of people came to watch. Whilst this may sound exactly like the sport as it is played today, there were still a few modifications to be made in terms of the playing pitch, and this continued to evolve until 1883 when the format of today's Quidditch pitches was finalised.

02 Oct '15

30 fact about Harry Potter

Posted by keane muna in Harry Potter

Harry potter, Every one know and love Harry Potter stories. But you must know the fact that any one never know it. Potter head must know about it. Let's check it out.

1. Dumbledore is an Old English word for “bumblebee.” Rowling said she chose the name because she pictured Dumbledore humming to himself.

2. Sirius Black and Fred Weasley, two tricksters from different generations, both died laughing.

3. The original names of the characters before Rowling changed: Hermione Puckle, Neville Puff, Draco Spinks, Lily Moon (Luna Lovegood), Madhari Patil, and Mati Patil.

4. Harry’s birthday is July 31, 1980. Rowling’s birthday is July 31, 1966.

5. Dementors are based off J.K. Rowling’s time of depression in her twenties.

6. Draco Malfoy almost attended Durmstrang Institute, but his mother didn’t want him to be so far away from home.

7. There are 700 fouls in Quidditch.

8. Ron Weasley’s character originally swore a lot, but Rowling’s publisher wouldn’t let her use that sort of language because it would’ve been inappropriate for young readers.

9. Only Alan Rickman, the actor who played Professor Snape, knew his character’s fate before the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” because Rowling told him.

10. Cho Chang married a Muggle.

 

11. Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint both admit to having a crush on Emma Watson in earlier films.

12. During the filming of the kissing scene between the horcrux versions of Harry and Hermione in the final film, Rupert Grint was removed from the set for laughing too much.

 

13. One of the flying cars used in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” was stolen off the set. It was discovered seven months later when an anonymous caller informed police of its whereabouts.

14. The third smell Hermione recognizes in the Amortentia potion is Ron’s hair.

15. Tom Felton auditioned for the roles of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, but was chosen to play Draco Malfoy instead.

16. Robbie Coltrane, the actor who played Hagrid in the films, has gotten a mini-fan and a fruit bat stuck in his famous, shaggy beard.

17. M.O. McGonagall is listed on one of the Quidditch trophies in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Could Professor McGonagall have been a renowned Quidditch player back in the day? It would certainly explain her enthusiasm for the sport.

18. The first Harry Potter book was published in 1998, the same year the final Battle of Hogwarts was fought. Rowling has said, "I open at the close"

19. Before taking the post of Defense Against the Dark Arts, Quirrell was the Muggle Studies teacher.

20. Rowling has previously stated the Harry Potter books might not have come to fruition if her mother hadn’t died. “The books are what they are because she died … because I loved her and she died.”

21. The first five years Rowling spent on Harry Potter were spent determining rules about what her characters could and could not do

22. When Fred and George Weasley bewitched snowballs to hit Professor Quirrel’s turban, they were unwittingly hitting Voldemort in the face.

23. Rowling has said that if Voldemort saw a boggart it would embody his own corpse, since death was always his greatest fear

24. If Dumbledore had a Muggle song playing at his funeral, Rowling said it would be “My Way” by Frank Sinatra.

25. The Vanishing Cabinet makes its first appearance in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

26. Firenze the Centaur was eventually welcomed back to his herd.

27. Platform 7 1/2 is the Orient Express.

28. Remus was killed by Antonin Dolohov and Tonks was killed by Bellatrix Lestrange.

29. Herpo the Foul was the first person to create a Horcrux and the first person to breed a Basilisk.

30. Harry, Ron, and Hermione all got their own Chocolate Frog cards.



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