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How to Play Quidditch
In the world of Harry Potter, Quidditch is the most popular magical sport; how is it played? Using enchanted broomsticks to fly, Chasers score goals by throwing the Quaffle ball through hoops, Keepers guard the goals, Beaters use bats to deflect dangerous Bludgers, and Seekers catch the elusive Snitch, worth a whopping 150 points.
Throughout Hogwarts history, the school has seen many talented athletes, some playing professionally upon graduation—which reign supreme? These are the ten best Quidditch players from Hogwarts!
10. Cedric Diggory
Champion of Hufflepuff, Cedric Diggory was a talented wizard both on and off the Quidditch field. He holds the distinction of being one of very few Seekers to defeat Harry, catching the Snitch during their match in Prisoner of Azkaban.
True, this was largely due to Harry's fainting from the appearance of Dementors, but it's still one of just two instances of Harry losing (the other was when he got knocked out by fellow teammate Cormac McLaggen in Half-Blood Prince). While flying, Cedric was noted to have an especially fast swerve, and his skill made him captain of the team.
9. Oliver Wood
Oliver Wood served as Gryffindor's captain before Harry took over, and his eye for talent led Wood to give him the Seeker position despite Harry's youth. This proved a wise choice, with Harry providing a powerful asset to the team
Wood was probably the best Keeper Harry ever had (Ron was good, but his nerves often hindered him), and he went on to play professionally for Puddlemere United's team.
8. Rose Granger-Weasley
Ron and Hermione's daughter was selected as a Gryffindor Chaser from a very young age (in just her second year), highlighting her impressive ability. Her talent even prompted Professor McGonagall (herself a fine Quidditch player in her youth) to describe her abilities as "superb".
While we admittedly haven't seen any of Rose's matches, it's highly likely she performs admirably, and her Weasley lineage carries a long line of talented players.
7. James Potter
Originally, James was depicted as Gryffindor's Seeker in the film version of Sorcerer's Stone, but J.K. Rowling later claimed he was instead a Chaser, leading to some confusion among fans. Either way, James was frequently noted as a talented player, with Hagrid and Sirius remarking that Harry's own talents lived up to his father's.
James was noted for his impressive reflexes, seen while playing idly with a Snitch (and once again causing confusion over which position he actually played).
6. Andre Egwu
Introduced in the Hogwarts Mystery video game, Andre quickly joined the Ravenclaw team despite his young age. Madam Hooch would often have Andre demonstrate various maneuvers during Flying class, and his arrival knocked down Brennan Doyle (the previous Seeker) to a substitute role, a rare occurrence as players are usually replaced after they graduate.
Many at Hogwarts considered Andre the best player at the entire school, although he believed himself second to...
5. Charles Weasley
Ron's second-eldest brother, Charlie served as Gryffindor's Seeker before Harry. Captain of the team and flying in the most important role, Charlie led his house to win the Quidditch cup multiple times. After graduation, he went on to study dragons, but Oliver Wood noted he could have joined England's national team if he'd wanted.
4. George Weasley
One half of the Weasley twins, George was a skilled Beater, with Oliver Wood calling him "unbeatable" and Harry noting that the twins flew like human Bludgers. In fact, once they graduated, Harry noted he'd never be able to find suitable replacements.
Beaters are often overshadowed by other positions, but Fred and George were easily the most skilled we've seen at Hogwarts, especially considering they flew outdated Cleansweep Five brooms.
3. Fred Weasley
Like his twin, Fred was a remarkably talented Beater. In Chamber of Secrets, Fred knocked a Bludger towards Slytherin Seeker Draco Malfoy (despite him having the fastest broom at that time), only for it to be redirected by Dobby's magic. But without that outside interference, this likely would have injured Malfoy beyond playing capacity and led to an easy win for Gryffindor (they won anyway).
2. Ginny Weasley
Position: Chaser (substitute Seeker when needed)
Ginny's a versatile player, proving an exceptional Chaser, but she can also play as Seeker when needed. And despite not regularly practicing as one, she manages to outperform veteran Ravenclaw Seeker Cho Chang in Half-Blood Prince.
Although her exact broom type is never mentioned, it's likely a cheap model considering her family's financial status, making her skill all the more impressive. Ginny goes on to play professionally for the Holyhead Harpies, but even she admits that Gryffindor's best Seeker is...
1. Harry Potter
The Chosen One has several remarkable flying achievements. Joining the team at age 11, he was the youngest Seeker in a century, and was noted to be even better than Ginny and Charlie. Harry also had the benefit of capable broomsticks, first flying a Nimbus 2000 and later a Firebolt, gifts from Professor McGonagall and Sirius Black respectively.
Harry only ever loses twice, both flukes beyond his control: the Dementor appearance in his third-year and having his own teammate (Cormac, who wasn't even a Beater) accidentally hit him with a bat (once again proving how dangerous the sport is).
Other Famed Quidditch Players
In addition to today's lineup, non-Hogwarts students like Viktor Krum deserve mention as talented flyers. Plus, many other skilled athletes certainly exist, but with limited details outside of Harry's school years, it becomes difficult to definitively rank them.
Still, while the main series has ended, we're still seeing a stream of steady prequels and sequels to fill in the gaps, and we'll undoubtedly uncover more excellent Quidditch players. But for now, as we eagerly await J.K. Rowling's next tale, vote for your favorite Quidditch position and I'll see you at our next Harry Potter countdown!
© 2019 Jeremy Gill