Quidditch is the most popular sport in the Wizarding World. Sir Nik has been working with a group of students to try to bring back Quidditch to Hogwarts. It has been announced that Beta testing will be available in the near future, which means more students will have a chance to fly their brooms through the stadium and test their skills. Before Quidditch is released, we would like to give a brief history of the loved sport. First off, the broomstick- Who knows why it was broomsticks, not a comfy armchair, or maybe a bath tub, but records show that European wizards and witches were using flying broomsticks as early as DG 962. They initially were very uncomfortable, leaving splinters in the rider’s rear. An ancient broom is on display in the Museum of Quidditch in London that shows us the type of broom used back then.
There were many different games played with broomsticks that would become popular in the home countries, but Queerditch Marsh is the home of the most beloved game. The Quaffle started out as a leather ball, unlike most games which used an inflated bladder which was quite hard to throw accurately. Next up was the Bludger which was a bewitched rock that tried hitting and knocking players off of their brooms. At the invention of the game, players would try to get the Quaffle into trees which were their way of scoring.
Now, it was nearly a century later when the game came back to the world, when the wizard Goodwin Kneen wrote to his Norwegian cousin Olaf, spreading the game around the world. The only thing missing was the Golden Snitch. This item wasn’t added to the game until the middle of the thirteenth century and it came about in a curious manner.
The Snidget- Snidget-hunting had been popular among witches and wizards from the early 1100s. Today, the Golden Snidget is a protected Species, but at that time, they were common in Northern Europe. Snidget-hunting finally was involved with Quidditch in 1269 at a game attended by the Chief of the Wizards’ Council himself, Barberus Bragge. According to Madam Ranott, Bragge brought a caged Snidget to the match and told the assembled players that he would award one hundred and fifty Galleons to the player who caught it during the course of the game. All the players abandoned the game in search for the Snidget. But, Madam Ranott had never been a fan of Snidget-hunting, so when she saw it coming towards her, she summoned it to her and released it, before she was fined ten galleons for disrupting the game. Chief Bragge’s idea had become popular and changed Quidditch forever. At every game, one player, the hunter, would have the task of finding the Snidget. Once it was dead, the game was over and the Hunters team was awarded 150 extra points. In the middle of the following century, the Snidget population had decreased significantly, making the Snidget a protected species. This outlawed the use of Snidgets in Quidditch games. The invention of the Golden Snitch was credited to the wizard, Bowman Wright. He was a skilled metal-charmer, who set himself to create a ball that mimicked the Snidget.
That’s all for now! I hope you enjoyed that brief history of Quidditch! Look forward to the Beta testing of Quidditch.