In 1992, Lucius Malfoy bought the entire Slytherin Quidditch team's Nimbus 2001 broomsticks in exchange for making his son Draco their new Seeker. Draco showed them off to the Gryffindor Quidditch team's, and Hermione told him that nobody on the Gryffindor team had to buy their way in. Malfoy responded by calling her a Mudblood, enraging the Gryffindors.
It is unknown whether the students who joined the team in later years, such as C. Warrington, Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle, were given this model of broomstick when they joined the team or if they had to use the broomstick that they already had (if they had one). If the new players were not given Nimbus 2001's when they joined the team and didn't have brooms of their own, they probably had to use one of the old school brooms.
Behind the scenes
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the Slytherin quidditch team are riding broomsticks that seem to be black in colour, like the Nimbus 2001, except the tail end of some of their brooms have the twigs sticking out everywhere, unlike the Nimbus 2001's that we see in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, whose tail ends are very straight and smooth. This may be because as the broom gets older, some of the twigs start to come off.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (presumably)