Do you remember the first time you discovered Quidditch? For many we first encountered the word early on in reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It appears in the chapter called Diagon Alley when Harry talks to a boy when buying robes before heading to Hogwarts. The boy asks if he plays Quidditch at all and after saying no, Harry wonders "what on earth Quidditch could be." Later on in the book, Harry and the readers find out exactly what Quidditch is — and it’s only the beginning.
Quidditch continued to play a part in J.K. Rowling's novels and when the movies were released, we finally saw the wizarding sport in action. Actually watching those moments in the movies made plenty of us wish the sport was real — and some tried to make it so. There are actual Quidditch Leagues and the 11th U.S. Quidditch Cup will take place April 14 and 15. Unfortunately, there are no flying brooms, so it doesn't quite the itch, though we commend them for trying.
What is it about Quidditch that makes us want to fly around and toss the quaffle, dodge bludgers, and keep an eye out for the golden snitch? Well, here are eight scenes from the movies, counting down to our favorite, that once we saw we couldn't help but love the sport and hope to one day hop on a broom to join in!
Oliver Wood’s Quidditch Lesson (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
In order for Harry and the audience to have a basic understanding of the game, Gryffindor team captain and keeper Oliver Wood goes over the basics here. He explains the types of players, the balls, and how to win. While it's a very straightforward explanation, it was exciting to see what everything we had only read about looked like, especially the snitch. It was the right amount of information to increase our anticipation of seeing an actual game in the film!
The Quidditch World Cup match (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
The fourth film was the first time we saw the sport beyond the Quidditch pitch of a school. Finally, we caught a glimpse of what a professional Quidditch match was like. The stadium was huge, the crowd full of energy, and it was fun to watch as each of the professional teams entered. Their grand entrances set the tone for what this game was going to be like and we only wish we could have seen more. It's a short sequence, but enough to make us want to attend a Quidditch World Cup.
Playing in a Storm (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
The third film taught us that heavy rain and lightning are not enough to stop a Quidditch match. Hoops and students are being struck by lightning, brooms are catching fire, and as a result, people seem to be dropping from the air quite a bit! OK, so it doesn't exactly seem as much fun as deadly, but it was incredible to watch and you have to admit, quite exciting. We're also going to assume that the professors had everything under control and stopped any students from splattering on the ground just like Dumbledore did with Harry at the end.
Ron as Keeper in the Snow (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
In another weather heavy game, we were able to see a match take place in a beautiful snowy setting for a change. The pitch looked stunning as the two teams faced off in the wintery weather. The players perform some impressive moves during this game as we follow them around on their brooms. To make it even more interesting, we see Ron in action as the Gryffindor keeper for the first time and he’s rather good! It’s great seeing the moves he uses to protect the hoops as the opposing team tries all different plays to get the quaffle past him.
A Chase and Impressive Catch (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
The Quidditch game with Gryffindor and Slytherin in Chamber of Secrets was one of the most exciting matches in the movies. The quaffle makes its way from one side to the other quickly as each team tries to score and through it all Harry is keeping an eye out for the snitch. Then there's a rogue bludger on the field Harry tries to get away from, flying through the stands, before he and Draco catch a glimpse of the snitch and head after it in a breathtaking sequence where the bludger continues to follow behind. It all leads to Harry making an impressive play when the bludger breaks his arm and the Gryffindor seeker doesn't stop. He still makes the catch!
Harry’s first snitch catch (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
Harry would make some unbelievable plays as the Gryffindor seeker over the years, but we’re not sure any can match the very first time he caught the golden snitch! He keeps up with it when his fellow Slytherin seeker cannot, despite the snitch’s moves. In order to catch it, he takes a huge risk and stands on his broom to reach it. He falls, but ultimately still makes the catch by almost swallowing it! There are no rules saying you can’t catch it with your mouth after all. This snitch becomes important later on in the story, and so it’s only right that it took such a memorable act to catch it.
Quidditch World Cup camp (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
While we didn’t see much of the Quidditch World Cup game itself, we were able to get a longer look at where everyone hangs out for the match. Seeing the campsite where everyone gathers made us want to attend a professional game even more! Everyone is happy and celebrating together, and they stay in some impressive tents. Like everything in the wizarding world, it’s not quite what it looks like on the outside and is bigger on the inside, giving you everything you need to relax and enjoy the match. It was a fun look at professional Quidditch fandom.
The very first Quidditch match (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
All of the above moments may have contributed to us falling in love with Quidditch, but nothing quite compares to that very first game we saw in Sorcerer’s Stone and I’m not talking about that impressive catch at the end. It starts where we follow the Gryffindor team out onto the pitch and see it all for the first time. The stands, the hoops, the cheering crowds, and the House colors all become clear and adding to the excitement is hearing Lee Jordan as the game’s commentator for the first time. It’s extremely exciting following the players on their brooms as they zip around the field and we get a sense of how the game is played in action. We see the moves players make and how potentially dangerous the game can be as well, especially against a team like Slytherin. Seeing all of this for the first time was the most exciting Quidditch moment and truly made us want to join them!
What’s your favorite Quidditch moment from Harry Potter? Tell us in the comments!