IntroductionHello. I am Madam Lisy and welcome to Flying & Quidditch Theory.
This class is meant to be fun and a great learning experience as we learn more about flying and Quidditch.
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FlyingYou make your way to the Qudditch field and see other students waiting. You are winded from the long trek, but excited about this class. You set your bag down and leave your Quidditch Through the Ages book in your bag. You don't think you'll be using it today. Suddenly Madam Lisy lands in the middle of the Qudditch field and you and the rest of your class run towards her. Good morning class. My name is Madam Lisy and I am going to teach you the art of flying and the wonderful game of Quidditch. You will not be needing your books today. We will first be learning about flying and then you will get to experience riding a broom stick. You see the broomsticks laying behind her and suddenly your heart flutters. You forgot you are afraid of heights. You shake your head and tell yourself it will be alright. Although Muggles don't know much about the wizarding world, wizards have been doing this for ages, and this is your chance to prove that Muggleborn students can succeed at flying. First things first, says Madam Lisy. Flying is one of the primary methods of magical transportation, along with Floo powder, Portkey and Apparition. It involves a person or persons using a magical object bewitched with a Flying Spell to journey through the air to another location. Magical objects used for this purposes are Broomsticks and Flying carpets. Compared to other methods, Flying is the slowest method of transportation available. Broomsticks, also known as brooms, are one of the means employed by wizards and witches to transport themselves between locations. Their use in Great Britain and Ireland is regulated by the Ministry of Magic's Broom Regulatory Control. You look around at your peers and see that nobody is really paying attention. Everybody keeps glancing at the brooms behind Madam Lisy. You will yourself to concentrate, but your eyes keep wandering too. Records show that witches and wizards in Europe were using brooms as early as A.D. 963. Until the nineteenth century, broomsticks were of varying quality, although the invention of the Cushioning Charm in 1820 by Elliot Smethwyck greatly enhanced the quality and comfort of the rides. However, they were still handmade by single wizards, and they were generally incapable of achieving high speeds and were difficult to control at high altitudes. In 1926, the brothers Bob, Bill and Barnaby Ollerton formed the Cleansweep Broom Company, and the racing broom was born. Their first model, the Cleansweep One, was produced in large quantities and was an instant hit. Three years later, in 1929, Randolph Keitch and Basil Horton formed the Comet Trading Company and released the Comet 140 with a new Braking Charm. For several years, the Cleansweep-Comet rivalry dominated the field, until the creation of the Nimbus Racing Broom Company in 1967. The Nimbus brooms combined reliability and easy handling, and became a favourite for Quidditch teams across Europe. You realize Madam Lisy has stopped talking and look at her expectantly. Alright class this has gone on long enough. I know you are ready to mount these brooms. Please pick a broom and stand to the left of it. You and your classmates run towards the brooms and stand beside them like you are told. You can't wait to get on the broom and face your fears. Ok class! On the count of three I want you to say, "Up!" One... two... three! You say "Up!" as loud and as strong as you can, but nothing happens. The broom doesn't even wiggle. You realize this isn't going to go as quickly as you'd like so for the rest of the class period you say "Up!" until finally the broom decides to fly up to your hand. You hear Madam Lisy's whistle. Alright class, you have done a great job! Please put your brooms back where you got them and I will see you in two weeks! You get your bag and are ready to leave when Madam Lisy blows her whistle again. Don't forget your homework before you leave! You roll your eyes. Why do you have to turn in flying homework?
Homework QuestionsHomework is due no later than 9/29 for full credit.
1. What are the primary methods of magical transportation?
2.What are the magical objects used for flying?
3.Who regulates broomsticks?
4.Which charm was used to enhance the comfort of the broom? Who created this charm?
5.Who formed the first broom company?
6.Which broom company is known for reliability and easy handling?
Extra CreditIf you had your choice of any broom in the world, which one would you choose and why?
Broom GamesYou make your way to the lawn by the Forbidden Forest. You are disappointed that you won't be at the Quidditch Training Grounds today. You see Madam Lisy waiting for the class and she is holding the Quidditch Through the Ages book. Ok class, settle down now. I know you are all disappointed that we won't be on brooms today, but we do have to get some kind of learning in. I promise you will be soaring through the air soon. Now please have a seat and open your Quidditch Through the Ages book and turn to Chapter 2. You turn to Chapter 2 and see Ancient Broom Games. You thought there was only one broom game. You shrug. You learn something new everyday. Now class we aren't only going to learn about Ancient Broom Games, we will also be learning about other broom games as well. Can anybody tell me a popular broom game? You see a Ravenclaw girl raise her hand. She looks familiar, but you can't remember her name. Quidditch!" Yes Nicolle, that is correct! Great job! The first broom game originiated in Germany in the 10th century, but died out in the 14th century. This game was called Stichstock. The game consisted of a single twenty-foot pole topped with an inflated dragon bladder. One player on a broomstick, known as the bladder-guardian, was tied by a rope to the pole, and given the task of defending the bladder. The rope was tied around their waist, and prevented the player from moving more than ten feet away from the pole. The other players would then take it in turns to try and puncture the bladder using the sharpened end of their broomsticks. The bladder-guardian was allowed to use their wand to defend the bladder. The game ended only when the bladder had been punctured, the bladder-guardian had hexed all other players, or when the bladder-guardian collapsed from exhaustion. Can you see why this game eventually died out? You cringe, that sounds like the worst game imaginable. You are so glad you didn't have to experience that first hand. Quodpot is a variant of Quidditch and was invented in the eighteenth century by Abraham Peasegood, and is the most popular wizarding game in the United States. Peasegood travelled to the United States from England, and, during the trip, his wand came into contact with a Quaffle in his trunk. The resulting interaction meant that, when he took the Quaffle out and began throwing it around, it exploded in his face. Centred around the explosive properties of the ball, known as the Quod, a game of Quodpot is played between two teams with eleven players each. The players attempt to get the Quod into the pot at the end of the pitch before it explodes. When the Quod is safely in the pot - which contains a solution to stop the Quod from exploding - the scorer's team gets a point and a new Quod is brought into play. Any player in possession of the Quod when it explodes must leave the field of play. Your head starts to fall as Madam Lisy drones on about all these games you've never heard of. Maybe you shouldn't have stayed up late playing Exploding Snap in the common room. The last game is more of a game for children. Players attempt to knock as many other players off their broomsticks as possible. The winner was the last player still mounted on their broom. This game is called Shuntbumps. You hear some of your classmates talking about this game. You begin to wonder what it would be like to live in a wizarding family. Now you start to day dream and lose track of what Madam Lisy is talking about again. Ok class! This was a short lesson. Please don't forget your homework due on October 13th. I look forward to seeing you next time!
Homework QuestionsHomework is due no later than 10/13 for full credit.
1. How answered Madam Lisy's only question?
2.What is the first broom game called?
3.What item was used in the first broom game?
4.Which broom game is the most popular in the U.S. and who invented it?
5.How many players are there on a Quodpot game?
6.Which broom game is considered a children's game?
Extra CreditWhich broom game do you think would be the most fun for you? You may also look into other broom games that we did not discuss in this lesson.
History of QuidditchYou are excited to be making your way to the Quidditch Training Grounds once more. You are even more excited to see that Madam Lisy has brought the brooms out too. Gather 'round class. Today we will be learning about the history of Quidditch. I know everybody is excited and wants to dive into this, but before we can do the "fun" stuff we have to get through the "boring" stuff. You sigh along with all of your class, but hope that you will get to do something with the brooms you see behind Madam Lisy. Behind me you see some brooms. After our lesson I will be teaching you how to hover on your brooms. As I stated before, baby steps will be taken before we are flying on these brooms. I really don't want to have to take anybody up to Madam Pomfrey. Instantly you remember your fear of heights and you take deep breaths to calm yourself down. You can do this. The excitement will win over the fear. Quidditch is a wizarding sport played on broomsticks. It is the most popular game among wizards and witches. Some say that it is the equivalent to the muggle game Football. The object of the game is to score more points than your opponents. Each goal is worth ten points and catching the Snitch is worth one-hundred fifty points. The game ends when the Snitch is caught or an agreement is reached between the captains of both teams. Some games can go on for many days if the Snitch is not caught (the record, according to Quidditch Through the Ages, is three months). You don't have much experience with Quidditch aside from the first match you watched between Ravenclaw and Slytherin. It kind of made sense to you, but now that it's referenced to Football, it makes a little more sense to you. As you learned in the previous lesson, there are many ancient broomstick games. Most of these are what made Quidditch the popular sport that it is. The sport of Quidditch gets its name from Queerditch Marsh, the location of the first recorded game. A witch by the name of Gertie Keddle lived on the edge of the marsh around the year 1050 and recorded what she saw in a diary that survives to this day. Successive entries in her journal show the evolution of the game and how each element was introduced. Her first note simply records her annoyance at a number of people playing a game with a ball whilst flying their broomsticks above the marsh. When the ball landed in her cabbage patch, she confiscated it and then hexed the man who asked for it. A second entry shows that the players did not give up, but had made themselves a new ball and were then trying to score goals by throwing it through trees at the end of the marsh. This was the earliest incarnation of the Quaffle and the scoring hoops of today. The third entry notes the introduction of flying rocks that had been bewitched to knock the players off their broomsticks, which were the forerunners of the Bludgers. With historical records of the time being rather limited, there is no further mention of Quidditch until a hundred years later, around 1150. A letter sent from a wizard called Goodwin Kneen to his Norwegian cousin Olaf survives from this time and gives a clear indication of how far the game had come. It had gained a name (although it was spelt "Kwidditch" at this time) and a number of organised teams, as well as titles for players and equipment. From the letter it can be seen that early Chasers were known as "Catchers", and the Bludger began its life as the "Blooder". Kneen's letter also reveals a new innovation: using three barrels mounted on stilts to use as the goals. This was undoubtedly a massive improvement from using trees as the goals and is a clear precursor to the hoops used in the modern game. Therefore it can be seen that the sport of "Kwidditch" played by Kneen was already very similar to the game as it is played today. The one missing element was the Golden Snitch. You think to yourself how far the game of Quidditch has come a long and are interested to know what else you will learn, but you see Madam Lisy walking towards the brooms. You assume the lesson is over for today. Ok class, I will leave you with that for today. Let's go ahead and practice more on these broom sticks. I know some of you are familiar with them and if you can do so safely you may take a few laps around the Training Grounds. For those of you who are not familiar please take some time to call your broom up and hover slightly. Repeat this until you are comfortable on your broom. Unfortunately, you will not be flying today. I'm sorry. Please come choose a broom. You walk over and choose a broom. You say "Up" excitedly and your broom flies into your hand. You then throw one leg over and begin to hover. You are a little wobbly, but with practice you could be an excellent flier. Class you have about 15 minutes left of class. Please don't forget your homework is due on October 30th. You want to make sure this is done before the Halloween festivites!
Homework QuestionsHomework is due no later than 10/30 for full credit.
1. What Muggle game is Quidditch compared to?
2.What is the record for the longest Quidditch game?
3.Where does Quidditch get its name from?
4.Who is said to have recorded the first Quidditch games?
5.What were the forerunners of Bludgers?
6.In the letter sent by Goodwin Keen, what were chasers first known as?
Once again you make your way to the Quidditch Training Grounds. You are wearing your slightly thicker robe because it is starting to get cooler outside. Good day class! Today we will be learning about the Quidditch Pitch. After today's class you will be flying your brooms around the pitch. You are so excited. This is the moment you have been waiting for. You have been asking all of your witch and wizard friends to give you pointers on flying. Now, The Pitch. Please take our your Quidditch Through the Ages book and aopen it to the chapter called "The Pitch." A Quidditch pitch is typically in the shape of an oval, five hundred feet long and a hundred and eighty feet wide, with a small central circle of approximately two feet in diameter. At each end there are three hooped Goal posts of different heights, surrounded by a scoring area. Because Quidditch is an aerial sport, Quidditch pitches usually feature spectator seating at high vantage points, whether in towers (such as at Hogwarts) or in a fully-encircling platform style (such as the British stadium that held the 1994 Quidditch World Cup). You start thinking about the last Quidditch match between Hufflepuff and Slytherin and can't imagine having to watch it from the ground. Quidditch pitches are built in places where they will not attract Muggle attention. This began in 1398 when the wizard Zacharias Mumps emphasised the need for anti-Muggle security while playing the game. The advice of Mumps must not, historically, have always been followed as, in 1362, the Wizards' Council outlawed playing Quidditch within fifty miles of a known Muggle town. This was amended in 1368, possibly due to the growing popularity of the game. This amendment made the playing of the sport within one hundred miles of a Muggle town illegal. The International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy of 1692 made all Ministries of Magic responsible for the consequences of magical sports in their territories. The Department of Magical Games and Sports was created for this purpose. Quidditch teams that flouted Ministry guidelines were disbanded. One such instance was the Banchory Bangers. You watch as Madam Lisy turns around and starts walking to the Quidditch Pitch beckoning the class to follow. You follow her to the middle of the pitch. Ok class, that was a very short lesson. Please take your broom, you may fly around the pitch for the next 15 minutes. Please be careful, I don't intend on taking anybody to the Hospital Wing today. You run and grab a broom, call it to you, and kick off. You are rising in the air and you never thought this would feel so natural to you. You hear Madam Lisy's voice loud and clear...Don't forget your homework due before November 14th!!
Homework QuestionsHomework is due no later than 11/14 for full credit.
1. Typically, what shape is the Quidditch Pitch?
2.How long and how wide is the Quidditch Pitch?
3.Who was the first wizard to emphasize the need for anti-muggle security?
4.In what year did the Wizards' Council outlaw playing Quidditch within fifty miles of a known Muggle town?
5.Which Ministry of Magic department is responsible for magical sports?
6.Which Quidditch team was disbanded for not folliwng the rules?
Extra CreditResearch a Quidditch pitch and give me ONE fact about it. Please include which pitch you have researched.
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