The Wronski Feint (also known as the Wronski Defensive Feint) is a tactic in Quidditch where a Seeker pretends to spot the Golden Snitch far below and races to catch it, hoping the opposing seeker will copy. At the last second before reaching the ground, the feinting seeker pulls out of a dive, usually causing the opposing seeker to crash. Classified as a Dangerous Seeker Diversion when viewed through Omnioculars, the Wronski Feint was invented by Polish Seeker Josef Wronski and frequently used by famed Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum.
Hermione Granger once mistakenly referred to this tactic as the 'Wonky Faint'.
422nd Quidditch World Cup
On 22 August, 1994, Viktor Krum used the Wronski Feint in the final of the Quidditch World Cup against Ireland. Krum successfully used the tactic to trick Ireland's Seeker, Aidan Lynch, into diving into the ground, allowing Krum a few moments to look for the Snitch without interference.
Behind the scenes
- Oddly, Harry Potter is eager to try out this move after seeing Krum do it, but he had already performed a Wronski Feint (or something very similar) during the last school year against Cho Chang.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Possible appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Quidditch Through the Ages
- Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game (Possible appearance)