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Gryffindor Seeker Harry Potter chasing the Golden Snitch

"Usually the lightest and fastest fliers, Seekers need both a sharp eye and the ability to fly one- or no-handed"
—Description of Seekers[src]
Seeker is a position in the wizarding sport of Quidditch. There is one Seeker per team. The goal of the Seeker is to catch the Golden Snitch. They play a crucial role in Quidditch, as a game does not end until the Seeker catches the Snitch. A team whose Seeker catches the Snitch receives 150 points, which almost always wins the match for that team.

History of the Seeker

The position of the Seeker, known as the Hunter, was introduced in response to Barberus Bragge's introduction of the Golden Snidget during a match in 1269 making it the newest position in the game.

The 1269 game mentioned above was attended by Barberus Bragge, the Chief of the Wizards' Council. As a nod to the sport of Snidget-hunting, which was also popular at the time, Bragge brought such a bird to the game and released it from its cage. He told the players that one-hundred fifty Galleons — a large sum of money, particularly in those times — would be awarded to the player who caught the bird.

This was easier said than done: the Snidget is very fast, very small, and can make sudden changes of direction at high speeds. The considerable challenge posed by the flight patterns of the bird is what made Snidget-hunting so popular in the first place.

What happened at the Quidditch game in question was rather predictable: the players totally ignored the game, and each and every one simply went off in pursuit of the Snidget, which was kept within the arena by the crowd using Repelling Charms.

A witch named Modesty Rabnott, who was also watching the game, took pity on the Snidget and rescued it with a Summoning Charm before rushing away with it hidden inside her robes. She was caught by a furious Bragge and fined ten Galleons for disrupting the game, but not before she had released the Snidget. This saved the life of this bird, but the connection with Quidditch had been made, and soon a Snidget was being released at every game. Each team had an extra player — originally called the Hunter, later the Seeker — whose sole job was to catch and kill the Snidget, for which one-hundred fifty points were awarded in memory of the one-hundred fifty Galleons offered by Bragge in the original game.

The quickly declining number of Snidgets led to a substitute for the bird, hence the Golden Snitch came into play, and the position was given the name Seeker instead of Hunter.

Traits

Seekers are generally the smallest and lightest players on a team, and there is a certain glamour attached to playing as a Seeker. Generally, the Seeker is also the most fouled player on the team.

In team portraits, the Seeker sits in the middle of the first row.[1]

Known Seekers

Seeker Badge - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™

A blue Seeker Badge.

Seeker Badge (Brown and Maroon) - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™

A brown-maroon Seeker Badge.

Team Name
American National Quidditch team Ariel Singleton
Maximus Brankovitch III
Appleby Arrows Gregory Cotton
Australian National Quidditch team Lucy Karoonda
Bulgarian National Quidditch team Viktor Krum
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Chudley Cannons Galvin Gudgeon
English National Quidditch team Blythe Parkin
Roderick Plumpton
Fitchburg Finches Maximus Brankovitch III
French National Quidditch team Cybèle Peltier
German National Quidditch team Konrad Weiss
Grodzisk Goblins Josef Wronski
Gryffindor Quidditch team Charlie Weasley
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Ginny Weasley
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Harry Potter
Harry Potter (HBP promo) 3
Unidentified Gryffindor seeker
Holyhead Harpies Glynnis Griffiths
Hufflepuff Quidditch team Cedric Diggory
Cedric
Summerby
Irish National Quidditch team Aidan Lynch
Japanese National Quidditch team Shizuka Watanabe
Kenmare Kestrels Aidan Kiely
Montrose Magpies Eunice Murray
Lennox Campbell
Nordic National Quidditch team Tina Lundstrom
Puddlemere United Benjy Williams
Pride of Portree Dougal McBride
Ravenclaw Quidditch team Cho Chang
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Gilderoy Lockhart (claimed)
Slytherin Quidditch team Draco Malfoy
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Harper
Regulus Black
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Terence Higgs
Spanish National Quidditch team Iñigo Fuente
Tutshill Tornados Roderick Plumpton

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references


Game of Quidditch
Harry Potter and Snitch
Officials: Quidditch referee
Player positions: BeaterChaserKeeperSeeker
Playing equipment: Beater's batBludgerBroomstickGolden SnitchQuaffle

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