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Gryffindor Quidditch team
Quidditch Team information
Hometown

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Scotland.

League(s)

Hogwarts Quidditch Cup

Robes

Red and Gold

Won Championships

1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97

Rival(s)
Known Players
Behind the scenes
First appearance

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Latest appearance

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

George Weasley: "I can't see anyone trying to bump off a Quidditch team."
Fred Weasley: "Wood might've done the Slytherins if he could've got away with it."
— The Weasley Twins on the Gryffindor Captain's competitive spirit[src]

The Gryffindor Quidditch team is the house Quidditch team of the Hogwarts house Gryffindor. It has won the house Cup at least four times, and has been captained by James Potter, Oliver Wood, Angelina Johnson, and Harry Potter. Interestingly, a member of the Weasley family has held every one of the positions on the team. Ginny was a Chaser and a substitute Seeker, Charlie was a Seeker, Fred and George Weasley were Beaters, and Ron was the Keeper.

History

c.1691-1692 school year

Gryffindor suffer such a heavy defeat, it takes three hundred years until they suffer one worse. [1]

1950s

Minerva McGonagall like her mother was a gifted Quidditch player, who represented Gryffindor during her time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

1953-1954 school year

Minerva McGonagall had a nasty fall in this, her final year (a foul during the Gryffindor versus Slytherin match, which would decide the Quidditch Cup winner) and left her with a concussion, several broken ribs and a lifelong desire to see Slytherin crushed on the Quidditch pitch.[2]

1960s

R. J. H. King played on the Gryffindor Quidditch team, and won an award for it in 1969.[3]

1970s

James Potter played as a Chaser for Gryffindor this decade. [4] M. G. McGonagall played on the Gryffindor Quidditch team, winning an award for it in 1971. [3]

1985-1986 school year

Charles Weasley played as Seeker for Gryffindor this season. [5] Gryffindor won the Quidditch Cup. [1]

1986-1987 school year

Gryffindor failed to win the Quidditch Cup.

1987-1988 school year

Gryffindor failed to win the Quidditch Cup.

1988-1989 school year

Gryffindor failed to win the Quidditch Cup.

1989-1990 school year

Gryffindor failed to win the Quidditch Cup.

1990-1991 school year

According to Gryffindor Head of House, Minerva McGonagall, Gryffindor were "flattened" by Slytherin. [6] Oliver Wood was Gryffindor's Keeper and Fred and George Weasley were Beaters. Alicia Spinnet was only a reserve for Gryffindor this season.

1991-1992 school year

Quidditch Pitch
The Hogwarts Quidditch pitch decorated for the Slytherin vs. Gryffindor match in 1991.
Fred Weasley: "We know Oliver's speech by heart. We were on the team last year."
Oliver Wood: "Shut up, you two. This is the best team Gryffindor's had in years. We're going to win. I know it."
Fred Weasley and Oliver Wood[src]

When Harry Potter played during his first year at Hogwarts, aged just eleven, he was the youngest player in more than a hundred years, and he also had to be given special dispensation to have his own broomstick at school, (a Nimbus 2000). The Gryffindor Quidditch team practised three times a week under Oliver Wood's supervision.

The opening game, Gryffindor versus Slytherin, was played on a cold November's day. This was Harry Potter's debut match. Angelina Johnson was first to score, shooting the Quaffle past Bletchley. The first time Harry spotted the Snitch, so did Higgs, but as Harry sped towards it he was blocked by Flint. For this, Madam Hooch awarded a penalty which Alicia Spinnet scored, but the Seekers had lost sight of the Snitch. Professor Quirrell then began to magically interfere with Harry's broom, but Harry was saved when Hermione Granger cast a spell to start a small fire in the stand that Quirrell was occupying. Harry regained control of his broom and caught the Snitch by accidentally swallowing it. Although Flint complained to Hooch, she judged the incident fair play and Gryffindor won the match 170-60. [7]

Professor Severus Snape refereed the Hufflepuff versus Gryffindor match. His decisions were biased in favour of Hufflepuff. Gryffindor Beater, George Weasley hit a Bludger at him. Harry caught the Snitch in record time and won the game for Gryffindor. [8]

In Harry's absence, Gryffindor was defeated in their final game of the season against Ravenclaw, costing them their chance at the Quidditch Cup that year. [9]

1992-1993 school year

Rogue bludger
Oliver Wood during the Gryffindor vs Slytherin match.
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"It'll be down to you, Harry, to show them that a Seeker has to have something more than a rich father. Get to that Snitch before Malfoy or die trying, Harry, because we've got to win today, we've go to."
—Oliver Wood[src]

Wood planned to begin training before the other three sides. Unfortunately for Gryffindor, who had got up at the crack of dawn for their first training session, Slytherin had been given use of the Hogwarts Quidditch pitch by Severus Snape. To make matters worse Harry had to leave with Ron Weasley after he cast a spell on Draco Malfoy which backfired, causing Ron to belch up slugs. [1]

During the rainy Slytherin versus Gryffindor match, the Slytherin Chasers were dominant, taking a 60-0 lead at one point. Harry was relentlessly pursued by a rogue Bludger, so Oliver Wood called for a time-out. However, Harry agreed to play on, telling the Weasley twins to stop flying around him so he could pursue the Snitch. When the action resumed Harry was struck on the elbow by a Bludger, which broke his right arm. Despite this, when he spotted the Snitch he was able to chase after it and grasp it in his left hand, winning the match for Gryffindor. Gilderoy Lockhart then attempted to mend Harry's broken arm, but instead removed the bone. Harry was given Skele-Gro in the Hospital Wing, where that night Dobby revealed it was he who had tampered with the Bludger.

In anticipation of their next match against Hufflepuff, Wood insisted on Gryffindor team practices every night after dinner. [10]

Unfortunatly the Quidditch Cup was completetly cancelled due to attacks on Muggle-born students before the Gryffindor versus Hufflepuff match.

1993-1994 school year

"This is our last chance - my last chance - to win the Quidditch Cup. I'll be leaving at the end of this year. I'll never get another shot at it."
Oliver Wood[src]
Bad weather
Gryffindor vs Hufflepuff playing in bad weather.
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In the 1993–1994 school year, the team is said by Lee Jordan to be "the best team Hogwarts has seen in the last few years". This was the first year that they had won the Quidditch Cup since Charles Weasley was on the team. Gryffindor kept the same team as the previous year. It was seventeen year old captain Oliver Wood's last season. They trained three times a week. [11]

The Slytherin versus Gryffindor match was re-scheduled as Flint claimed his Seeker, Malfoy had an injured arm, so the first match was Gryffindor versus Hufflepuff.

The game was played in heavy rain, ferocious wind, thunder and lightening. The wind was so powerful that the players staggered sideways as they walked onto the very muddy pitch. The sound of the thunder drowned out the crowd's shouts. Madam Hooch's whistle to start the match coincided with the first bolt of lightening. Harry's vision was hindered by the constant raindrops on his glasses and he was almost struck by a Bludger twice. Wood called for a time-out when Gryffindor were fifty points up. Hermione Granger used "Impervius" so Harry's glasses would repel any water. As play resumed Harry seen the Grim in the clouds. When both Seekers had spotted the Snitch, Harry then seen at least one hundred Dementors that had entered the stadium. He heard his mother's last words before she was killed by Lord Voldemort and he fell about fifty feet to the ground. Albus Dumbledore ran onto the pitch waving his wand and slowing Harry's fall. He then got rid of the Dementors, magicked Harry onto a stretcher and carried him to the castle floating upon it.

Cedric caught the Snitch, giving Hufflepuff a win by 100 points. He offered a re-match, but Gryffindor accepted the defeat. Harry's Nimbus 2000 was blown to the Whomping Willow which destroyed it. [12]

Gryffindor increased their training to five times a week (under the supervision of Madam Hooch) [13]

Gryffindor's final practice before their match against Ravenclaw was their current sides best ever. Harry caught the Snitch within ten seconds of its release. The team performed their moves faultlessly and Wood had no criticisms.

For the game against Ravenclaw, Harry flew his new Firebolt. His opposing Seeker, fourth-year Cho Chang, flew a Comet 260. In clear, cool conditions, Gryffindor took an eighty point lead, but Ravenclaw managed to claw it back to 80-30. When Harry spotted the Snitch for the third time, Malfoy, Crabbe, Goyle and Flint walked onto the pitch, dressed as Dementors. Harry cast a Patronus at them and then caught the Snitch, giving Gryffindor victory, whose fans ran onto the pitch in celebration. [14]

On the first Saturday after the Easter holidays Gryffindor played Slytherin. Gryffindor had trained every day in preperation for the game. Slytherin were leading the Championship by exactly 200 points, meaning Gryffindor needed to win the match by 210 points to claim the Quidditch Cup.

"Never in anyone's memory, had a match approached in such a highly charged atmosphere."
—Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Three quarters of the crowd supported Gryffindor. Johnson scored first. Then Flint crashed into her, so Fred threw his bat at the back of Flint's head which smashed into his broom handle, bloodying his nose. Penalties were given to each side. Alicia Spinnet scored and Wood saved. Bell scored another penalty after Montague grabbed her head. Flint then scored for Slytherin. Bole hit Alicia with his club and George elbowed him in the face, resulting in two more penalties. Wood saved again and Gryffindor scored. A goal from Bell made the score 50-10. Bole and Derrick winded Wood with two Bludgers to the stomach. Johnson scored the resulting penalty, and Gryffindor moved into a 70-10 lead when Alicia scored. As Harry chased the Snitch, Malfoy grabbed his Firebolt. Alicia then missed a penalty and Montague scored for Slytherin. After Johnson scored to make it 80-20 Malfoy plumeted towards the Snitch. Harry pursued him and took both hands off his broom to reach out and capture the Snitch, winning Gryffindor the Quidditch Cup. [5]

This was Wood's last season. Harry wore the number seven this year. [15]

1994-1995 school year

Due to the Triwizard Tournament being held at Hogwarts in the 1994–1995 school year, the Quidditch Cup was cancelled, and the team did not play. [16]

1995-1996 school year

"Weasley cannot save a thing,
He can't block a single ring.
That's why Slytherins all sing,
Weasley is our king!...
"
Slytherins mocking Ron about his Keeper abilities by singing Weasley is Our King[src]
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Gryffindor Quidditch Captain, Angelina Johnson.
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During the 1995–1996 school year, Angelina Johnson was the Quidditch captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Due to previous players graduating, selecting team players involved a tough try-out. Ron Weasley was the only new player to make the team.

Gryffindor began their season with a victory against Slytherin. Shortly after the match, Draco Malfoy insulted and provoked Fred and George Weasley and Harry Potter. Harry and George promptly attacked him, but all three had their broomsticks confiscated and were banned from Quidditch for life by Dolores Umbridge, then-High Inquisitor of Hogwarts. They were replaced by Andrew Kirke, Jack Sloper, and Ginny Weasley, respectively.

In the final game of the season against Ravenclaw, Ron finally managed to pull himself together as Keeper, and Ginny Weasley beat Cho Chang in the race for the Snitch. Gryffindor won the match and the Quidditch Cup.

Following Umbridge's removal from the school, Harry's, Fred's and George's bans were lifted, so Harry could play again in the next year at school. [17]

1996-1997 school year

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The Gryffindor Quidditch team in the 1996–1997 school year.
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Harry Potter was appointed as the Quidditch Captain during the 1996–1997 school year. The tryouts lasted two hours and involved many complaints and several tantrums, one involving a crashed Comet 260 and several broken teeth. Many first years tried out (who clearly had never flown before) and in addition, some of the people trying out where from Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. There was a group of girls involving Romilda Vane who tried out but just giggled and fell over each other when Harry blew the whistle. Another group had a pileup halfway around the pitch, and the fourth group came without broomsticks. Ginny Weasley and Demelza Robins replaced Angelina Johnson and Alicia Spinnet and joining Katie Bell, the only person (along with Harry) from the original Quidditch team Harry was in in his first year, as Chasers. For Beaters, Jimmy Peakes and Ritchie Coote were eventually chosen, and Ron was chosen as Keeper.

Ron Weasley and Katie Bell both became unintended victims of Draco Malfoy's attempts to kill Albus Dumbledore this year, and while they were unable to play, their spots in the team were taken over by Cormac McLaggen and Dean Thomas. After they were healed they both returned to the team. Harry missed the season's last game due to detention with Professor Snape.

Ron in Quidditch
The Gryffindor Quidditch team tryouts in 1996.

Therefore, for that final match, Ginny Weasley played as Seeker, and her position as a Chaser was taken over once again by Dean Thomas. Gryffindor won the Quidditch Cup for the second year in a row.

Harry Potter playing Quidditch in his Sixth Year
Harry Potter playing Quidditch in his Sixth Year at Hogwarts

1997-1998 school year

It is unknown if the cup was played for in the 1997–1998 school year, what would have been Harry's last school year. It is unlikely, however, that the Quidditch cup was played for as Snape is quoted as "Bringing back Umbridge's old rules."

Quidditchcloak
The Keeper's uniform
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Uniform and equipment

The Gryffindor Quidditch team's uniforms are red and gold like their house colours.

For Beaters, they also carry small black clubs (similar to baseball bats) to help them ward off Bludgers during matches. The Keeper wears gloves.

Safety features

Generally, only protective arm-length gloves and knee-pads are used. In stormy conditions, some players wear goggles. However, the Keeper may wear shoulder-pads, chest armour and a helmet. [18]

Members of Gryffindor team

Gryffindor™ Quidditch™ Badge Team Gryffindor
195? - 1953-1954
Chasers
Unknown Unknown Unknown
Beaters
  Unknown Unknown  
Keeper Seeker
Unknown Unknown

Substitutes
Unknown


YoungMcGonagall Minerva McGonagall (unknown position)


Gryffindor™ Quidditch™ Badge Team Gryffindor
1968-1969
Chasers
Unknown Unknown Unknown
Beaters
  Unknown Unknown  
Keeper Seeker
Unknown Unknown

Substitutes
Unknown


R. J. H. King (unknown position (Beater or Keeper)


Gryffindor™ Quidditch™ Badge Team Gryffindor
1970-1971
Chasers
Unknown Unknown Unknown
Beaters
  Unknown Unknown  
Keeper Seeker
Unknown Unknown

Substitutes
Unknown


M. G. McGonagall (unknown position (possibly Seeker))


Gryffindor™ Quidditch™ Badge Team Gryffindor
197? - 1977-1978
Chasers
Jamesathogwarts James Potter (Captain) Unknown Unknown
Beaters
  Unknown Unknown  
Keeper Seeker
Unknown Unknown

Substitutes
Unknown


Gryffindor™ Quidditch™ Badge Team Gryffindor
1985 -1986
Chasers
Unknown Unknown Unknown
Beaters
  Unknown Unknown  
Keeper Seeker
Unknown Charlie1 Charlie Weasley

Substitutes
Unknown


Gryffindor™ Quidditch™ Badge Team Gryffindor
1989-1990
Chasers
Unknown Unknown Unknown
Beaters
  Unknown Unknown  
Keeper Seeker
Oliverwood1 Oliver Wood Charlie1 Charles Weasley (Captain)

Substitutes
Unknown


Gryffindor™ Quidditch™ Badge Team Gryffindor
1990-1991
Chasers
AngieJ Angelina Johnson Unknown Unknown
Beaters
  Fred Fred Weasley George Weasley Profile George Weasley  
Keeper Seeker
Oliverwood1 Oliver Wood Charlie1 Charles Weasley (Captain)

Substitutes
AliciaSpinnet Alicia Spinnet (Chaser)


Gryffindor™ Quidditch™ Badge Team Gryffindor
1991-1992
Chasers
Katie bell1-kl Katie Bell AngieJ Angelina Johnson AliciaSpinnet Alicia Spinnet
Beaters
  Fred Fred Weasley George Weasley Profile George Weasley  
Keeper Seeker
Oliverwood1 Oliver Wood (Captain) HarrywithNimbus Harry Potter

Substitutes
Unknown


Gryffindor™ Quidditch™ Badge Team Gryffindor
1992-1993
Chasers
Katie bell1-kl Katie Bell AngieJ Angelina Johnson AliciaSpinnet Alicia Spinnet
Beaters
  Fred Fred Weasley George Weasley Profile George Weasley  
Keeper Seeker
Oliverwood1 Oliver Wood (Captain) HarrywithNimbus Harry Potter

Substitutes
Unknown


Gryffindor™ Quidditch™ Badge Team Gryffindor
1993-1994
Chasers
Katie bell1-kl Katie Bell AngieJ Angelina Johnson AliciaSpinnet Alicia Spinnet
Beaters
  Fred Fred Weasley George Weasley Profile George Weasley  
Keeper Seeker
Oliverwood1 Oliver Wood (Captain) HarrywithNimbus Harry Potter

Substitutes
Unknown


Gryffindor™ Quidditch™ Badge Team Gryffindor
1995-1996
Chasers
Katie bell1-kl Katie Bell AngieJ Angelina Johnson (Captain) AliciaSpinnet Alicia Spinnet
Beaters
  Fred Fred Weasley George Weasley Profile George Weasley  
Keeper Seeker
RonKeeper Ron Weasley HarrywithNimbus Harry Potter

Substitutes
Andrew Kirke (Beater), Jack Sloper (Beater),Ginerva Ginny Weasley (Seeker)


Gryffindor™ Quidditch™ Badge Team Gryffindor
1996-1997
Chasers
Katie bell1-kl Katie Bell Ginerva Ginny Weasley Demelza robins Demelza Robins
Beaters
  Jimmypeakes Jimmy Peakes RitchieC Ritchie Coote  
Keeper Seeker
RonKeeper Ron Weasley HarrywithNimbus Harry Potter (Captain)

Substitutes
Cormacl1 Cormac McLaggen (Keeper), Deanthomas prop Dean Thomas (Chaser), Ginerva Ginny Weasley (Seeker)

Record in the Quidditch Cup

Behind the scenes

Appearances

See also

Notes and references

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