Do you know what is Quidditch?
Quidditch is a creation from the pen of J. K. Rowling in her famous Harry Potter Series of fantasy books. Quidditch is a fantastic sport played by the wizards while riding on the broomsticks in the air. The immense popularity of Quidditch in Harry Potter books forced J. K. Rowling to write a supplementary book exclusively about Quidditch, which is named “Quidditch through the Ages”.
In Quidditch, each team has seven playing members. The playing team consists of three chasers, two bludgers, a goal keeper and a seeker. On each side of the field there are three goal hoops that stand vertically. In Quidditch, a goal is scored by putting the quaffle, a ball similar to soccer ball, through any of the vertical hoops by the chasers only. Each goal is worth 10 points.
The job of the goal-keeper is to block the quaffle from going through the vertical goal posts which the chasers of the opposing team throw. In addition to the quaffle, there are two bludgers. The bludgers are two enchanted balls that fly around the stadium. The bludgers are partly controlled by the two beaters on the either sides. The beaters carry the cricket-like bats and when a bludger comes near the team, the beaters hit it away with the bat, hoping to knock it into members of the opposing team.
The fourth and final ball in Quidditch is the Golden Snitch. The seeker who catches the golden snitch earns his team 150 points. Catching the golden snitch also announces the end of the game and usually results in a win for the team catching the golden snitch, if the point difference is less than 150 points. Harry Potter played as a seeker in Gryffindor House Team like his father James Potter. Golden Snitch is the fastest ball of the game.
Quidditch can be a brutal sport with players getting injuries falling off from the broomsticks or getting slammed by the bludgers. The great popularity of the Harry Potter books has also muggles to develop some variations of the game, played on ground, as Muggle Quidditch.
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