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{{Quote|Gobstones is an ancient wizarding game that resembles marbles, the principal difference being that every time a point is conceded, the winning stone squirts a foul-smelling liquid into the loser's face. |Description|Pottermore}}
'''Gobstones''' is a popular game played with special stones, similar to the [[Muggle]] game of marbles except that when a player loses a point, the gobstone then spits a putrid liquid at the player.
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'''Gobstones''' is a game mostly popular amongst [[Wizardkind|wizarding]] children<ref name="Pottermore">''[[Pottermore]]'' - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book3/chapter11/moment1/gobstones New from J.K. Rowling: "Gobstones"]</ref> played with special stones, similar to the [[Muggle]] game of [[marbles]] except that when a player loses a point, the gobstone then spits a putrid liquid at the player. The game and its players do not enjoy a very 'cool' reputation, something its devotees tend to resent.
   
 
==Variations==
 
==Variations==
There are three variants of Gobstones: "''Classic''" Game (where you have to knock seven Gobstones out of the circle before your opponent does), "''Jack Stone''" Game (where after four snaps your Gobstone must be the one closest to the Jack Gobstone) and the "''Snake Pit''" Game (which is similar to "''Jack Stone''", however instead of a Jack Gobstone there’s a hole on the center of the circle).<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)]]''</ref>
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Gobstones is an ancient wizarding game that resembles marbles, the principal difference being that every time a point is conceded, the winning stone squirts a foul-smelling liquid into the loser's face. The standard play consists of players starting the game with fifteen small, round Gobstones each (Gobstones are sold in sets of thirty) and the winner must capture all of his opponent’s stones.<ref name="Pottermore" />
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<nowiki> </nowiki>There are three other popular variants of Gobstones, however: "''Classic''" Game (where you have to knock seven Gobstones out of the circle before your opponent does), "''Jack Stone''" Game (where after four snaps your Gobstone must be the one closest to the Jack Gobstone) and the "''Snake Pit''" Game (which is similar to "''Jack Stone''", however instead of a Jack Gobstone there’s a hole on the centre of the circle).<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)]]''</ref>
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==Clubs, associations, and leagues==
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There currently exist numerous Gobstones clubs and leagues. [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] has various Gobstones Clubs. Most students own their own set of gobstones. Hogwarts' competitive [[Hogwarts Gobstones Team|Gobstones Team]] even held matches with other wizarding schools.
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[[Eileen Prince]], mother of [[Severus Snape]], was Team Captain in her time. There is also an International Gobstones League, officiated from the [[Official Gobstones Club]] Offices, on the [[Department of Magical Games and Sports]] (level seven of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]). There is also a [[National Welsh Gobstones Team]], which competed in the Gobstones competition, the [[Gobstones Tournament]]. The [[National Gobstone Association]] hosts a [[Gobstones Tournament|Gobstones World Championship]].<ref name="Pottermore" /> The National Gobstone Association has attempted recruitment campaigns such as 'Give Gobstones A Second Glance', although the choice of accompanying picture (current Gobstones World Champion Kevin Hopwood being squirted with an eyeful of gunk) was perhaps ill-chosen.<ref name="Pottermore" />
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== Reputation ==
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Professional Gobstone players compete in national leagues and international tournaments, but it remains a minority sport within the [[wizarding world]], and does not enjoy a very 'cool' reputation, something its devotees tend to resent. Gobstones is most popular among very young wizards and witches, but they generally 'grow out' of the game, becoming more interested in [[Quidditch]] as they grow older.<ref name="Pottermore" />
   
==Clubs, Associations and Leagues==
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  Gobstones enjoys limited popularity at [[Hogwarts]], ranking low among recreational activities, way behind Quidditch and even [[Wizard's Chess|Wizarding Chess]].<ref name="Pottermore" />
[[File:1jc8P2Nk.jpg|thumb|Gobstones cup]]
 
There currently exist numerous Gobstones clubs and leagues. [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] has various Gobstones Clubs. Most students own their own set of gobstones. Hogwarts' competitive [[Hogwarts Gobstones Team|Gobstones Team]] even held matches with other wizarding schools. [[Eileen Prince]], mother of [[Severus Snape]], was Team Captain in her time. There is also an International Gobstones League, officiated from the [[Official Gobstones Club]] Offices, on the [[Department of Magical Games and Sports]] (level seven of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]). There is also a [[National Welsh Gobstones Team]], which competed in the Gobstones competition, the [[Gobstones Tournament]].
 
   
 
==National Gobstones Teams==
 
==National Gobstones Teams==
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
[[File:LoserGobstone.png|thumb|Gobstones expel a putrid fluid at the losing player.]]
 
[[File:LoserGobstone.png|thumb|Gobstones expel a putrid fluid at the losing player.]]
*In the [[July 31]] [[1998]] edition of the [[Daily Prophet]] one reader wrote a letter complaining about the paper's lack of coverage of gobstones.<ref>''[[Daily Prophet Newsletters]]''</ref>
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*In the [[July 31]] [[1998]] edition of the ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' one reader wrote a letter complaining about the paper's lack of coverage of gobstones.<ref>''[[Daily Prophet Newsletters]]''</ref>
 
*[[Harry Potter]] once contemplated buying a solid gold set of gobstones at [[Diagon Alley]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' - Chapter 4</ref>
 
*[[Harry Potter]] once contemplated buying a solid gold set of gobstones at [[Diagon Alley]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' - Chapter 4</ref>
 
*[[Flavius Belby]] was the president of his local Gobstones club, as seen in his story in the [[Lethifold]] portion of [[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]. It was a happy memory used by Belby to produce his Patronus to chase the Lethifold.<ref>''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)]]''</ref>
 
*[[Flavius Belby]] was the president of his local Gobstones club, as seen in his story in the [[Lethifold]] portion of [[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]. It was a happy memory used by Belby to produce his Patronus to chase the Lethifold.<ref>''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)]]''</ref>
*[[Eileen Prince]] was the club captain of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]' Gobstones club
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*[[Eileen Prince]] was the club captain of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]' Gobstones club.
*The wizarding game of Gobstones is similar to the [[Muggle]] game called [[Wikipedia:Marble|Marbles]] played with glass-balls (or similar) called [[Wikipedia:Marble|marbles]].
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*Gobstones is mostly popular amongst very young witches and wizards, who tend to "grow out" of the game. It ranks low in popularity amongst recreational activities at Hogwarts.<ref name="Pottermore" />
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*[[Albus Dumbledore]] played Gobstones with [[Remus Lupin]] while trying to convince [[Lyall Lupin]] and [[Hope Howell]], Lupin's parents, to let him attend [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]].
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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[[File:Gobstone-lrg.png|right|thumb|A gobstone.|150px]]
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)]]'' {{comment|Nintendo DS version}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)]]'' {{comment|Nintendo DS version}}
 
*''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]'' {{Mention}}
 
*''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]'' {{Mention}}
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*''[[Pottermore]]''
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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Gobstones

A game of Gobstones, "Snake Pit" Rules

"Gobstones is an ancient wizarding game that resembles marbles, the principal difference being that every time a point is conceded, the winning stone squirts a foul-smelling liquid into the loser's face. "
—Description[src]

Gobstones is a game mostly popular amongst wizarding children[1] played with special stones, similar to the Muggle game of marbles except that when a player loses a point, the gobstone then spits a putrid liquid at the player. The game and its players do not enjoy a very 'cool' reputation, something its devotees tend to resent.

VariationsEdit

Gobstones is an ancient wizarding game that resembles marbles, the principal difference being that every time a point is conceded, the winning stone squirts a foul-smelling liquid into the loser's face. The standard play consists of players starting the game with fifteen small, round Gobstones each (Gobstones are sold in sets of thirty) and the winner must capture all of his opponent’s stones.[1]

There are three other popular variants of Gobstones, however: "Classic" Game (where you have to knock seven Gobstones out of the circle before your opponent does), "Jack Stone" Game (where after four snaps your Gobstone must be the one closest to the Jack Gobstone) and the "Snake Pit" Game (which is similar to "Jack Stone", however instead of a Jack Gobstone there’s a hole on the centre of the circle).[2]

Clubs, associations, and leaguesEdit

There currently exist numerous Gobstones clubs and leagues. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has various Gobstones Clubs. Most students own their own set of gobstones. Hogwarts' competitive Gobstones Team even held matches with other wizarding schools.

Eileen Prince, mother of Severus Snape, was Team Captain in her time. There is also an International Gobstones League, officiated from the Official Gobstones Club Offices, on the Department of Magical Games and Sports (level seven of the Ministry of Magic). There is also a National Welsh Gobstones Team, which competed in the Gobstones competition, the Gobstones Tournament. The National Gobstone Association hosts a Gobstones World Championship.[1] The National Gobstone Association has attempted recruitment campaigns such as 'Give Gobstones A Second Glance', although the choice of accompanying picture (current Gobstones World Champion Kevin Hopwood being squirted with an eyeful of gunk) was perhaps ill-chosen.[1]

Reputation Edit

Professional Gobstone players compete in national leagues and international tournaments, but it remains a minority sport within the wizarding world, and does not enjoy a very 'cool' reputation, something its devotees tend to resent. Gobstones is most popular among very young wizards and witches, but they generally 'grow out' of the game, becoming more interested in Quidditch as they grow older.[1]

  Gobstones enjoys limited popularity at Hogwarts, ranking low among recreational activities, way behind Quidditch and even Wizarding Chess.[1]

National Gobstones TeamsEdit

Gobstones Clubs at HogwartsEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

LoserGobstone

Gobstones expel a putrid fluid at the losing player.

AppearancesEdit

Gobstone-lrg

A gobstone.

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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