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|producer=[[Randolph Spudmore]]<ref name=PM>''[[Pottermore]]'' - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book3/chapter13/moment1/firebolt New from J. K. Rowling: The Firebolt]</ref>
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|material=[[Ebony]] wood with [[birch]] or [[hazel]] twigs<ref name=PM />
 
|made=[[1993]]
 
|made=[[1993]]
 
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|usage=[[Quidditch]] playing
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|features=*Unbreakable [[Braking Charm]]
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*Superb balance and precision
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*Hovers at reasonable mounting height when let go
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*[[Goblin-made ironwork]] provides power, stability, and a non-slip foot grip
 
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|speed=At least one hundred and fifty miles per hour
 
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It is capable of going from nought to one hundred and fifty miles per hour in ten seconds. The Firebolt also boasts an unbreakable [[Braking Charm]], superb balance and precision, and hovers at reasonable mounting height when let go. By [[1994]], the Firebolt was the fastest broomstick in the whole world.<ref name=PA>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref>
 
It is capable of going from nought to one hundred and fifty miles per hour in ten seconds. The Firebolt also boasts an unbreakable [[Braking Charm]], superb balance and precision, and hovers at reasonable mounting height when let go. By [[1994]], the Firebolt was the fastest broomstick in the whole world.<ref name=PA>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref>
   
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The handle is made of polished [[ebony]] (once mistakenly listed as [[ash]] in a [[Quality Quidditch Supplies]] advertisement), and the twigs can be made of either [[birch]] or [[hazel]] depending on customer preference. Birch twigs offer more "oomph" when ascending, while hazel provides more precision in turning. The metal parts of the broom are [[goblin-made ironwork]], a first for a broomstick, which increases stability and power in adverse conditions and prevents slippage on the foot grips.<ref name=PM />
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==History==
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The Firebolt was first developed by [[Randolph Spudmore]] around [[1993]], at a time when brooms made by the [[Nimbus Racing Broom Company]] dominated the market. Twelve months after its release, the Firebolt was the highest-selling racing broom of that time, beating out the [[Nimbus 2000]] and [[Nimbus 2001|2001]].<ref name=PM />
   
==Development==
 
In the late twentieth century - the time of the [[Nimbus Racing Broom Company|Nimbus Racing Broom Company's]] dominance, when their brooms where the most sold in the world, nobody knew that skillful and innovative broom maker [[Randolph Spudmore]](son of [[Able Spudmore]] of Ellerby and [[Spudmore]], who produced the [[Tinderblast]] in [[1940]] and the [[Swiftstick]] in [[1952]]) was working on a top-secret project, developing a Firebolt.
 
 
He was the first one to use a [[Goblin's silver|goblin-made ironwork]] (including footrests, stand and twig bands) which gives the Firebolt additional stability and power in adverse weather conditions and a special non-slip foot grip that is of particular advantage to Quidditch players. This fact is very unknown and secret, because other broom makers would like to use this technique, if they find that out.
 
 
The handle is of polished [[ebony]] and the twigs of [[birch]] or [[hazel]] according to personal preference (birch is reputed to give more ‘oomph’ in high ascents, whereas hazel is preferred by those who prefer hair-trigger steering).
 
 
==History==
 
 
The Firebolt was used by both the [[Irish National Quidditch team|Irish]] and [[Bulgarian National Quidditch team|Bulgarian]] teams during the [[1994]] [[Quidditch World Cup]].<ref name=GF>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref>
 
The Firebolt was used by both the [[Irish National Quidditch team|Irish]] and [[Bulgarian National Quidditch team|Bulgarian]] teams during the [[1994]] [[Quidditch World Cup]].<ref name=GF>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref>
   
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Every day that he was in [[Diagon Alley]], before his third year at Hogwarts, he made sure that he passed the window so that he could stare in awe at the amazing and magnificent broom. He received a Firebolt as an anonymous present from his godfather, [[Sirius Black]] at Christmas [[1993]], after his [[Nimbus 2000]] was destroyed by the [[Whomping Willow]] during a Quidditch match against [[Hufflepuff]] team. Miniature models were also produced as gifts.<ref name=OP>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> In [[1995]], Harry's Firebolt was confiscated by [[Dolores Umbridge]] as punishment. She kept it in her [[Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor's office|office]] until [[Fred and George Weasley]] destroyed her office door during their exit from Hogwarts. It was then said to have been taken to one of the [[Dungeons]] where it was guarded by a [[Troll]] at all times. Harry presumably was given back his Firebolt after Umbridge was fired. Harry was the only person in Hogwarts that owned a Firebolt. Harry lost his Firebolt in the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]].<ref name=DH>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
 
Every day that he was in [[Diagon Alley]], before his third year at Hogwarts, he made sure that he passed the window so that he could stare in awe at the amazing and magnificent broom. He received a Firebolt as an anonymous present from his godfather, [[Sirius Black]] at Christmas [[1993]], after his [[Nimbus 2000]] was destroyed by the [[Whomping Willow]] during a Quidditch match against [[Hufflepuff]] team. Miniature models were also produced as gifts.<ref name=OP>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> In [[1995]], Harry's Firebolt was confiscated by [[Dolores Umbridge]] as punishment. She kept it in her [[Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor's office|office]] until [[Fred and George Weasley]] destroyed her office door during their exit from Hogwarts. It was then said to have been taken to one of the [[Dungeons]] where it was guarded by a [[Troll]] at all times. Harry presumably was given back his Firebolt after Umbridge was fired. Harry was the only person in Hogwarts that owned a Firebolt. Harry lost his Firebolt in the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]].<ref name=DH>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
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Firebolts continue to be made in small quantities in the modern day, though their development is hindered by frequent strikes and walkouts on the part of the [[goblin]]s who manufacture the iron parts.<ref name=PM />
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*Because Firebolt broomsticks hover at convenient mounting height when not in use, the usefulness of the apparently undetachable bipod is questionable, except for display, such as in the window of Quality Quidditch Supplies in Diagon Alley, or as a footrest when one is on the broom but apparently, it is used as a foot-rest as it was shown in many occasions in the films that the characters half stand on the bipods and also rest their feet on them.
 
*Because Firebolt broomsticks hover at convenient mounting height when not in use, the usefulness of the apparently undetachable bipod is questionable, except for display, such as in the window of Quality Quidditch Supplies in Diagon Alley, or as a footrest when one is on the broom but apparently, it is used as a foot-rest as it was shown in many occasions in the films that the characters half stand on the bipods and also rest their feet on them.
 
**In {{HBPF}}, Ron Weasley is seen using a similar bipod to stabilize his stance while playing Keeper. This may be the intended function of the Firebolt's bipod.
 
**In {{HBPF}}, Ron Weasley is seen using a similar bipod to stabilize his stance while playing Keeper. This may be the intended function of the Firebolt's bipod.
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*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', the Firebolt's handle is stated to be made of superfine ash. ''[[Pottermore]]'', however, lists it as having an ebony handle. It is possible, however, that the person who wrote the advertisement that stated it to be ash was mistaken.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==

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Firebolt
Firebolt
Broomstick information
Producer

Randolph Spudmore[1]

Material

Ebony wood with birch or hazel twigs[1]

Made

1993

Usage

Quidditch playing

Special Features
  • Unbreakable Braking Charm
  • Superb balance and precision
  • Hovers at reasonable mounting height when let go
  • Goblin-made ironwork provides power, stability, and a non-slip foot grip
Speed

At least one hundred and fifty miles per hour

Owners
"The state-of-the-art racing broom. The Firebolt has unsurpassable balance and pinpoint precision. Aerodynamic perfection."
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup [src]

The Firebolt is a world-class broomstick. It was the fastest at the time of its production, and was released in 1993. In time, the Firebolt broomstick was used in the Bulgarian and Irish International Quidditch Teams.

Description

It is capable of going from nought to one hundred and fifty miles per hour in ten seconds. The Firebolt also boasts an unbreakable Braking Charm, superb balance and precision, and hovers at reasonable mounting height when let go. By 1994, the Firebolt was the fastest broomstick in the whole world.[2]

The handle is made of polished ebony (once mistakenly listed as ash in a Quality Quidditch Supplies advertisement), and the twigs can be made of either birch or hazel depending on customer preference. Birch twigs offer more "oomph" when ascending, while hazel provides more precision in turning. The metal parts of the broom are goblin-made ironwork, a first for a broomstick, which increases stability and power in adverse conditions and prevents slippage on the foot grips.[1]

History

The Firebolt was first developed by Randolph Spudmore around 1993, at a time when brooms made by the Nimbus Racing Broom Company dominated the market. Twelve months after its release, the Firebolt was the highest-selling racing broom of that time, beating out the Nimbus 2000 and 2001.[1]

The Firebolt was used by both the Irish and Bulgarian teams during the 1994 Quidditch World Cup.[3]

"Irish International side's just put in an order for seven of these beauties! And they're favourites for the World Cup!'"
—The proprieter of Quality Quidditch Supplies talking to the crowd outside his shop about the Firebolt[src]

Harry Potter first saw a prototype Firebolt broom in the window of Quality Quidditch Supplies in the summer before his third year. He wanted one, but he already had a Nimbus 2000 and had to remind himself of that to keep himself from going in and asking what the price was. It was said that he would have to empty his vault in Gringotts, should he actually purchase the Firebolt.

Every day that he was in Diagon Alley, before his third year at Hogwarts, he made sure that he passed the window so that he could stare in awe at the amazing and magnificent broom. He received a Firebolt as an anonymous present from his godfather, Sirius Black at Christmas 1993, after his Nimbus 2000 was destroyed by the Whomping Willow during a Quidditch match against Hufflepuff team. Miniature models were also produced as gifts.[4] In 1995, Harry's Firebolt was confiscated by Dolores Umbridge as punishment. She kept it in her office until Fred and George Weasley destroyed her office door during their exit from Hogwarts. It was then said to have been taken to one of the Dungeons where it was guarded by a Troll at all times. Harry presumably was given back his Firebolt after Umbridge was fired. Harry was the only person in Hogwarts that owned a Firebolt. Harry lost his Firebolt in the Battle of the Seven Potters.[5]

Firebolts continue to be made in small quantities in the modern day, though their development is hindered by frequent strikes and walkouts on the part of the goblins who manufacture the iron parts.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Because Firebolt broomsticks hover at convenient mounting height when not in use, the usefulness of the apparently undetachable bipod is questionable, except for display, such as in the window of Quality Quidditch Supplies in Diagon Alley, or as a footrest when one is on the broom but apparently, it is used as a foot-rest as it was shown in many occasions in the films that the characters half stand on the bipods and also rest their feet on them.
  • In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Firebolt's handle is stated to be made of superfine ash. Pottermore, however, lists it as having an ebony handle. It is possible, however, that the person who wrote the advertisement that stated it to be ash was mistaken.

Appearances

PA C11

The Firebolt

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