Quidditch, the fast-paced magical sport played atop broomsticks, is a huge part of the Wizarding World universe. It unites magical communities across borders and nations and is enjoyed by most witches and wizards across the globe. During Harry's time at school, we see just how much luck and skill the characters need in order to play and win Quidditch matches at Hogwarts - and things only get more intense in the professional leagues.
Quidditch began as a fictional sport, but its popularity grew to such an enormous rate that it is now actually played in real life as well. While most fans are familiar with the basic Quidditch rules, the fascinating history of Quidditch seems to be known by only the most dedicated fans.
A Hexed Forest Caused Devastation At The 1809 Quidditch World CupPhoto: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II / Warner Bros. Pictures
Known as the "Attack of the Killer Forest," this tragic event played out in the year 1809. One of the Beaters on the Romanian team, Niko Nenad, was noted for his particularly bad temper. He displayed several instances of volatile behavior, including bashing his broom over his head and setting his own feet on fire in vexation when the game didn't go his way. Though the team had their misgivings about the Beater, he was still allowed to play in the World Cup against New Spain. Sadly, before the game, the Beater bribed a group of dark wizards to hex the surrounding forest so that in the event his team started to lose, he could trigger mayhem to stop the match before the game officially ended.
This whole trap went disastrously wrong when Niko lobbed a Bludger into the forest when it seemed New Spain was on the verge of victory. The trees came to life and went on a pitiless rampage, destroying the stadium and bombarding anything in their path. An exciting game of Quidditch soon transformed into a dire struggle for survival, and many, including Niko, lost their lives before the chaos could be stopped.Interesting?
Every Person Who Saw And Attended The 1877 Quidditch World Cup Forgot What HappenedPhoto: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures
The 1877 Quidditch World Cup is easily the most mysterious event in the history of the sport. There was every proof of it having happened, judging from the ticket sales and records of its arrangement, however, not a single person who attended the event could remember anything about it. Neither the players nor the spectators had any memory of the massive tournament, but it definitely left some strange circumstances in its wake. Half of the players from the Argentinian team were discovered tied up in a Cardiff bar's basement. A Beater came away with half of his teeth missing, and one unfortunate Seeker had his knees transfigured to work backward.
While the cause of this strange event remained unknown still unknown, it was theorized that a severe outbreak of Cerebrumous Spattergroit, a condition known to cause intense confusion and memory loss, wa to blame. Others speculated it could have been a large-scale memory charm operation led by the Goblin Liberation Front. Whatever the case, the truth was lost to time, and a makeup tournament took place the following year without incident.Interesting?
The Longest Game Of Quidditch Ever Played Went On For 3 MonthsPhoto: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures
A game of Quidditch can only end once the Golden Snitch has been caught by one of the Seekers. Because of this rule, it opens up the possibility that games can go on indefinitely. While it's normal for a match to last anywhere from a few hours to a handful of days, there have been some notable anomalies. Gryffindor Quidditch Captain Oliver Wood mentioned that the longest game of Quidditch lasted for a staggering three months. He added that to keep the game running for such a long time, the teams constantly needed to bring in substitute players.
This, however, is only the record for the longest game of Quidditch ever completed. Quidditch Through the Ages mentions that a game once lasted an impossible six months. So much time passed that both of the teams gave up looking for the elusive Snitch and called it quits.Interesting?
The Golden Snitch Was Originally A Live Bird That Players Had To CatchPhoto: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures
The Golden Snitch is arguably the most important ball in the game of Quidditch; worth 150 points, the Snitch is incredibly fast and difficult to catch. The only way to end a game of Quidditch is for a Seeker to catch the Snitch.
The origin of this dazzling little ball actually came from a tiny bird called a Golden Snidget. In the year 1269, Barberus Bragge let loose one of the tiny birds during a game and offered a reward of 150 Galleons to anyone who could catch the creature. This releasing of a Snidget soon caught on as a trend in Quidditch matches, but the prize changed from gold to points. Soon, it became customary to release and catch a Snidget during almost every game, but that came with an unintended consequence: the birds were easily slain when snatched out of the air, and as a result, the bird population started to rapidly decline. The Golden Snidget was eventually declared an endangered species. To preserve the dwindling bird populations, the wizard Bowman Wright invented the now-familiar golden, winged metal ball as a replacement that perfectly matched the speed, weight, size, and flight pattern of its living inspiration.Interesting?