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==History of the Bludger==
 
==History of the Bludger==
Early Bludgers (known as ''Blooders'') were simply rocks bewitched to chase players around the field. These were eventually too fragile, and could be smashed by a [[Beater's bat]], which ended up with players be chased by flying gravel for the rest of the game. After a few years, Bludgers were made out of lead, which was also too soft for Bludger manufacture. The magically reinforced Beater's bats could dent it, thus impairing their ability to fly straight. All Bludgers are currently made of iron. The history of this latest development was discovered by [[Agatha Chubb]], who discovered sixteenth century lead Bludgers in an English peat bog.
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Early Bludgers (known as ''Blooders'') were simply rocks bewitched to chase players around the field. These were eventually too fragile, and could be smashed by a [[Beater's bat]], which ended up with players be chased by flying gravel for the rest of the game. After a few years, Bludgers were made out of [[lead]], which was also too soft for Bludger manufacture. The magically reinforced Beater's bats could dent it, thus impairing their ability to fly straight. All Bludgers are currently made of [[iron]]. The history of this latest development was discovered by [[Agatha Chubb]], who discovered sixteenth century lead Bludgers in an English peat bog.
   
 
In [[1992]], [[Dobby]] the house-elf tampered with a Bludger to make it only chase [[Harry Potter]], while it would normally try to attack all players equally.
 
In [[1992]], [[Dobby]] the house-elf tampered with a Bludger to make it only chase [[Harry Potter]], while it would normally try to attack all players equally.
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*Assuming a Bludger is solid iron, it would weigh approximately 149 pounds.<ref>A sphere 10 inches in diameter has 523.6 cubic inches. Iron weighs 0.2845 pounds per cubic inch</ref>
 
*Assuming a Bludger is solid iron, it would weigh approximately 149 pounds.<ref>A sphere 10 inches in diameter has 523.6 cubic inches. Iron weighs 0.2845 pounds per cubic inch</ref>
*[[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]] sells toy Bat and Bludger sets. But the bludger ball measures 5 inches in diameter instead of 10. [[File:Bludger_and_bat.png|thumb|Replica bludger and bat]]
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*[[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]] sells toy Bat and Bludger sets. But the bludger ball measures 5 inches in diameter instead of 10. [[File:Bludger_and_bat.png|thumb|Replica bludger and bat.]]
   
 
==Etymology==
 
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Quidditch Bludger Ball (Concept Artwork) 1
Bludger
Object information
Usage

Used to knock players off their Broomsticks in Quidditch

A Bludger is a round, jet black ball, made of iron, and is used in the wizarding sport of Quidditch. It is ten inches in diameter. There are two Bludgers used in every match, which are bewitched to fly around and try to knock the players off of their brooms. It is the Beater's job to protect their teammates from the Bludgers and at the same time aim them towards the opposing players.

History of the BludgerEdit

Early Bludgers (known as Blooders) were simply rocks bewitched to chase players around the field. These were eventually too fragile, and could be smashed by a Beater's bat, which ended up with players be chased by flying gravel for the rest of the game. After a few years, Bludgers were made out of lead, which was also too soft for Bludger manufacture. The magically reinforced Beater's bats could dent it, thus impairing their ability to fly straight. All Bludgers are currently made of iron. The history of this latest development was discovered by Agatha Chubb, who discovered sixteenth century lead Bludgers in an English peat bog.

In 1992, Dobby the house-elf tampered with a Bludger to make it only chase Harry Potter, while it would normally try to attack all players equally.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Assuming a Bludger is solid iron, it would weigh approximately 149 pounds.[1]
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter sells toy Bat and Bludger sets. But the bludger ball measures 5 inches in diameter instead of 10.
    Bludger and bat

    Replica bludger and bat.

EtymologyEdit

The word may have been derived from, Blut, which means "blood" in German. It may also have been derived from the word "bludgeon"

AppearancesEdit

Rogue bludger

A bludger coming toward the Gryffindor Quidditch team's captain, Oliver Wood.[HP2]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. A sphere 10 inches in diameter has 523.6 cubic inches. Iron weighs 0.2845 pounds per cubic inch


Game of Quidditch
Harry Potter and Snitch
Officials: Quidditch referee
Player positions: BeaterChaserKeeperSeeker
Playing equipment: Beater's batBludgerBroomstickGolden SnitchQuaffle

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