In the magical world of Harry Potter, there is no better diversion than an exciting match of Quidditch. If you are familiar with the Harry Potter book series, you probably already know that Quidditch is one of the most popular games in the Harry Potter universe. The game of Quidditch is a fictional sport in the Harry Potter series that is played by the students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The game is an airborne ballgame that is kind of a combination between football and polo. The game is played atop broomsticks, and some broomsticks are faster than others. JK Rowling, the creator of the book series, created the rules and regulations for Quidditch, and she even wrote a book detailing the fictional game's history entitled Quidditch Through the Ages.
In the world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the game of Quidditch reigns supreme, as it does in all of the wizarding world. There are a number of professional teams that are dedicated to playing and advancing in the game of Quidditch. At the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, each house has its own Quidditch team, and the different house teams compete against one another. Many of the books in the Harry Potter series feature at least one extensive description of an exciting Quidditch match. However, JK Rowling has mentioned in interviews that the last Quidditch match she would ever commit to paper would appear in the sixth book of the series. In the first six books of the Harry Potter series, Quidditch has taken an important role in the action and plot of the books. In the fourth book of the series, Harry, Hermione and Ron attend the International Quidditch World Cup, the pinnacle of Quidditch playing.
Many critics and readers alike have applauded Rowling for her ability to create a believable universe within such a magical setting. She has laid out a remarkably well-thought out guide to the rules and play of Quidditch. The Quidditch season is said to begin in the fall, in the month of November. The game is played across a long field that is oval in shape, and which has three goal hoops mounted on posts that are on each end of the field. The winner of the Quidditch match is simply the team with the most points in the end. Each team has seven players. The positions on a Quidditch team include one keeper, two beaters, three chasers, and one seeker. Each Quidditch match is played with three types of balls. The first ball is the quaffle, which is roughly the size of a soccer ball and bright red in color. The quaffle ball is similar to 'muggle' balls as it is generally inert.
However, a sticking charm is placed on the quaffle ball during Quidditch matches so that it falls slowly during matches, making it easier for the players to get a grip on the ball. The chasers are mostly responsible for handling the quaffle ball. They are especially responsible for attempting to throw the quaffle balls through one of the hoops of the opposing team. Each time the quaffle ball is dunked into one of the opposite team's hoops, the team scores ten points. The guarder is responsible for trying to keep the opposite team from scoring.
The other balls used to play Quidditch also include two heavy balls made of iron named bludgers. Bludgers are known to fly around the field, attempting to hit players. The beaters are responsible for trying to keep the bludgers away by batting at them with clubs that resemble baseball bats. The third ball used in Quidditch is the famed golden snitch. The golden snitch is famous for darting around the field at incredibly high speeds, so that at times it nearly becomes invisible. It is the seeker's job to try to catch the golden snitch. If the seeker succeeds, they score 150 points for their team, and the game ends.
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