The Chudley Cannons are a British Quidditch team that played in the British and Irish Quidditch League and, in 1972, participated in the International Quidditch Tournament. They wear bright orange robes, and their logo includes two black Cs and a speeding cannonball. They have won the League Cup twenty-one times, the last time in 1892; many consider their glory days to be over. There is a Chudley Cannons Fan Club.
The club motto was "We shall conquer" until 1972, the same year that they played in the International Quidditch Tournament, when it was changed to "Let's all just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best".
The Chudley Cannons won the League for the last time.
- "Chudley Cannons manager Ragmar Dorkins collapsed with shock on Saturday after his team succeeded in beating the Falmouth Falcons..."
- —Sports page of the Daily Prophet[src]
In 1999 the Chudley Cannons broke a sixteen-game losing streak by drawing with the Caerphilly Catapults. On 8 February they languished bottom of the League with 230 points. The Cannons narrowly defeated Wigtown Wanderers in Bodmin Moor. On 1 June the Falmouth Falcons were the team at the bottom of the League. The Cannons then defeated the Falcons in Exmoor, keeping the Falcons in bottom place. The shock of the victory caused the Cannons' manager Ragmar Dorkins to collapse. On 1 October the Chudley Cannons were in eleventh place in the League.
Ragmar Dorkins (Manager)
Behind the scenes
- They are Ron Weasley's favourite team. The bedspread, walls, and ceiling of his room at the Burrow were all decorated in a "violent shade of orange", and posters of the team's players covered nearly every inch of the walls, and he owned a team badge. In 1997, Harry Potter used magic on his poster, making it temporarily turn blue.
- J. K. Rowling, when asked if the Chudley Cannons would ever win a game, replied that "they'd need to replace the entire team and down several cauldrons of Felix Felicis."
- In the 8 February 1999 edition of the Daily Prophet, 'Chudley Cannon memorabilia - fan making "clean break"', is an advertisement in the 'For Sale' section.
- They have a certain resemblance to the American Major League Baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, in that they have a notoriously strong fanbase as well as a legendary reputation for not having won the championship in their respective sports for over a century.
- The Chudley Cannons crest featured in the film series includes the inscription "Est. 1753". This, however, cannot be taken as canon since it goes against information in Quidditch Through the Ages , in which it is specified that the Chudley Cannons were one of the thirteen Quidditch teams selected to join the British and Irish Quidditch League when it was first established in 1674.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Seen briefly on a banner)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) (Seen on Ron's quilt)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) (Appears on poster in extra feature on Disc 2)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Mentioned only)
- Quidditch Through the Ages
- LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World (Appears on poster(s))
- Daily Prophet Newsletters
- LEGO Harry Potter (Appears on posters(s))
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game (Mentioned only)
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Appears on posters in Diagon Alley)
- Harry Potter: The Creature Vault (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Daily Prophet Newsletters
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 3 (The Burrow)
- ↑ Harry Potter Limited Edition - A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department: Posters, Prints, and Publications from the Harry Potter Films (see this image)
- ↑ Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 7 (Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland)