The Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff took place in November 1993. Hufflepuff won when Cedric Diggory caught the snitch when Harry Potter fell from his broom thanks to the Dementors.[1]

The game was originally meant to be played by Slytherin instead of Hufflepuff until Draco Malfoy was hurt by Buckbeak, and Slytherin decided they had to change the date they played.

The match

The game was played in a downpour of rain, ferocious wind, thunder, and lightning. The wind was that powerful, 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 lightning. Harry's vision was hindered by the constant raindrops on his glasses and he was almost struck by a Bludger twice.[1]

Gryffindor took the lead and were winning by fifty points. The captain of the Gryffindor team then asked for a time-out for the team to regather themselves due to the weather. When the game started again, both Cedric and Harry saw the snitch and both went after it to win the game. En route, at least one hundred Dementors arrived at the game and attacked Harry making him fall from his broom. He was saved by Albus Dumbledore. Cedric managed to win the snitch and then realised what had happened to Harry. Hufflepuff won the game by one hundred points. Harry’s Nimbus 2000 fell into the Whomping Willow and was destroyed.[1]

Cedric would later offer Gryffindor the chance to replay the game because he thought it was unfair that he won due to the Dementor.[1] The offer was declined, but certain members of the team had a grudge against Cedric for the next year.[2]


Gryffindor team





Hufflepuff team


Behind the scenes

  • The game was the second one of the year arranged for Gryffindor and Hufflepuff but the one played earlier in the year (during Harry's second year) was cancelled due to the opening of the Chamber of Secrets.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 9 (Grim Defeat)
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 6 (The Portkey) - "Everybody said hi back except Fred and George, who merely nodded. They had never quite forgiven Cedric for beating their team, Gryffindor, in the first Quidditch match of the previous year."

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Before 1991 Gryffindor vs. Slytherin (1953–1954) · Gryffindor vs. Slytherin (1985–1986) · Gryffindor vs. Slytherin (1990–1991)
1991–1992 Gryffindor vs. Slytherin · Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff · Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw
1992–1993 Gryffindor vs. Slytherin
1993–1994 Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff · Ravenclaw vs. Hufflepuff · Slytherin vs. Ravenclaw · Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw · Gryffindor vs. Slytherin
1994–1995 Quidditch Cup not held due to the Triwizard Tournament
1995–1996 Gryffindor vs. Slytherin · Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff · Hufflepuff vs. Slytherin · Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw
1996–1997 Gryffindor vs. Slytherin · Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff · Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw