The Quidditch Final

chapter fifteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Ron and Harry make up with Hermione, and Hermione has a crazy day in which she slaps Malfoy in the face, sleeps through Charms, and quits Divination. Finally, amidst a highly charged atmosphere, Gryffindor defeats Slytherin to dramatically capture the Quidditch Cup.

Afternoon Nap, by Helene Sirois

Hermione was sitting at a table, fast asleep.


Hermione Really, Really, Really, Really Doesn't Like Divination, by Tealin Raintree

“This is such a waste of time,” Hermione hissed. “I could be practicing something useful. I could be catching up on Cheering Charms -“


WWW, by gerre

Fred and George Weasley were dealing with the pressure by being louder and more exuberant than ever.

(by gerre)


Gryffindor Quidditch Team, by glockgal

“And here are the Gryffindors!” yelled Lee Jordan, who was acting as commentator as usual. “Potter, Bell, Johnson, Spinnet, Weasley, Weasley, and Wood. Widely acknowledged as the best team Hogwarts has seen in a good few years.”


Slytherin Quidditch Team, by glockgal

“And here comes the Slytherin team, led by Captain Flint.”


Oliver Wood, by glockgal

“‘Course, Wood’s a superb Keeper!” Lee Jordan told the crowd as Flint waited for Madam Hooch’s whistle. “Superb! Very difficult to pass – very difficult indeed – YES! I DON’T BELIEVE IT! HE’S SAVED IT!”


Evil Draco Malfoy, by Helene Sirois

Horrified, he looked around. Malfoy had thrown himself forward, grabbed hold of the Firebolt’s tail, and was pulling it back.


Madam Hooch Flippin' Out, by Heather Campbell

Madam Hooch was beside herself…. “Penalty! Penalty to Gryffindor! I’ve never seen such tactics!”


Gryffindor and Slytherin Seekers, by glockgal

“Go! Go! Go!” Harry urged his broom. He was gaining on Malfoy – Harry flattened himself to the broom handle as Bole sent a Bludger at him – he was at Malfoy’s ankles – he was level –


about the chapter


Something You May Not Have Noticed

When you think about it, it’s really some wonder Draco Malfoy is even allowed to play in this final match against Gryffindor. If Harry had flown into a Slytherin match dressed as a dementor and Snape had been administering punishment (as McGonagall administers Draco’s), Harry almost certainly would have been banned from the next game. So why wouldn’t McGonagall ban Draco? Maybe she’s simply kinder, or she simply didn’t think of it. But I think there’s a better reason: Draco is probably an inferior player to whoever his replacement would be (remember how he bought his way onto the team?). McGonagall, a huge Gryffindor fan, probably did her team a favor by letting him play.

The Wizarding World

It’s clear the Quidditch Cup is determined not just by the teams’ records, but by their points – and we also know that the standings for the professional Quidditch leagues are listed the same way. In this case, both Gryffindor and Slytherin end the season with a record of two wins and one loss, so it makes sense to use the points as a tiebreaker. But I wonder if another team had won only one game but outscored both Gryffindor and Slytherin, would the Quidditch Cup have belonged to them? Given that the British and Irish league standings don’t even include the number of wins, it seems like this might be the case – though in a three-game Hogwarts season, it certainly wouldn’t be likely to happen often.

Life at Hogwarts

Professor Trelawney tells Hermione that she doesn’t “remember ever meeting a student whose mind was so hopelessly mundane.” This could certainly be taken as high praise, given the source. I wonder what Trelawney thinks of McGonagall… or, for that matter, Luna Lovegood!

The Power of Magic

I wonder whether Cheering Charms have some kind of effect that makes you aware it’s been cast on you. Otherwise, wouldn’t students just be constantly casting them on their professors, so they’re in a good mood when grading (Snape could certainly use a couple)? And while we’re at it, as Heather Campbell once wondered, what would happen if a whole bunch of people cast them on Voldmort simultaneously?

I Know How it Ends, by Heather Campbell

(‘I Know How it Ends,’ by Heather Campbell)


22 Responses to “The Quidditch Final”

  1. Just a point I’ve considered, perhaps Draco didn’t buy his way onto the team, perhaps he got on and his Father rewarded his success with a generous gift. It’s plausible in the very least.
    I love this chapter and the pics you’ve picked too!

  2. lets just be glad Voldemort dosen’t have any Felix Felicis. but then again he wouldn’t want to rely on it. He would consider himself above potions. and it would kill his rep to be seen in a case of giggles.

  3. Elizabeth, somehow I don’t think so. Draco really is an abysmal player – has he ever won at Quidditch?

    I love the idea of a mass cheering charm on Voldy! Who needs Hallows when you’ve got that?

  4. Students would probably have to know how to cast the Cheering Charms w/o being obvious, probably without talking. But the older students could most likely do it if they wanted to…maybe they’d be so advanced and nerdy by then that they wouldn’t dare manipulate a teacher?

  5. Points scored as a factor in standings isn’t unprecendted amopng real world sports, including soccer and American football.

  6. There’s no art of Hermione slapping Draco, I guess one of those would be fine here:

  7. Jose Lopes, thanks for the links – I’ve actually got a couple of other drawings of the slap, too, and I tried one on the page when I first designed this page, but nothing I had or have seen really fit so I decided to skip it for now. Rest assured that I’m still keeping my eyes out for more, though. :)

  8. This is my second time re-listening to HP on audio book (with Stephen Fry, he’s awesome) and I really thing PoA is my favorite of the series. This chapter is also one of my favorites. The Quidditch Final is SO exciting! I was on the edge of my seat listening to the game as if it was on the radio, haha. I loved the way J.K. Rowling writes the commentary for Quidditch and the way Stephen Fry reads it. It’s a Win-Win!

  9. Trelawney and Luna? That would be…epic.

  10. The part where Hermione says that she was so distracted by Malfoy that she misses Charms…it always causes me to daydream into a weird fanfic in which Hermione and Malfoy have a crush on each other…

  11. Love the cheering charms picture, though I don’t think Voldie’s evilness is connected to his mood. He’d just be a happy evil guy. It might even boost his confidence and spur him on. Now, a charm that made you more pro-social might work…

  12. I always thought of Draco as a good player, although not as good as Harry..Seeing that in his first year he was the only one who could actually fly (other than Harry) without any formal training .

  13. Draco could very well be a good player. If you think about it, it was only the fact that Harry’s broom was faster that let him get the snitch, in this match anyway.
    Also, “vansysnape” raises a very goodpoint about the fact that in first year Draco could actually fly.
    I mean you see in DH that Hermione has never really learnt to fly with any confidence so the ability to fly is not something that everyone posseses.
    Plus he wouldntve been kept on the team, you would asume, for all those years if he was absaluty awful..

  14. I think Draco is a decent player at the very least, but I don’t think the fact that Harry’s broom was faster was the only reason he won. If broom speed over rode skill too much then surely there would be a rule that both teams and all players must have the same broom. A good broom is certainly an advantage, and a bad broom a handycap, but the skill of the player using the broom is more important. A faster car doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll win the race if the other person is a better driver. (Unless it’s a major difference in speed capability.)

  15. I found it ironic that the charm hermione missed was one she really needed at the time. She really needed some cheer that day.

  16. I don’t quite think Draco is an Absymal player at quidditch, which other seeker is even able to keep up with Harry when he goes for the snitch never mind be hand to hand for (which happens with him and Draco in one book, in which Draco’s nails scrape against the back of his hand) and in the first he’s quick enough to fofge Harry’s javilin shot during the flying lesson, certainly not Cho who doesn’t get that close. Harry is just an exceptional player, as shown by the comment about Harry training for the ballet when being chased by the bludger in second year, I certainly think that from that comment Draco actually in someway admits that Harry is simply that effortlessly graceful in the air. And even McGonagall admits that Harry is better than Charlie, who could have gone professional. Draco can’t be bad if he can keep up by my logic.

  17. Yeah, I agree with elizabethauthor. A cheering charm would only make Snape or Voldemort happier about causing harm to Harry and his friends. I don’t think it would make their moral compass any straighter.

  18. Draco was probably a good player, it seems slytherin kept winning theier matches and only gryfindor was the team that ever beat them, remember in thier first flying lesson tht harry pointed out tht Draco could actually fly, i think he only seems incompitent against harry but compitant otherwise. I dont see why he would continue sneering if he really was the worst play among all players, he had to have some level of compitance tht makes him believe he is the best.

  19. elizabethauthor, I completely agree with you. We see Harry beat the Slytherins while using an “inferior” broom in CoS. Therefore, rider skill counts just as much as, if not more than, the broom quality!

    And I agree with the others. Malfoy is a good flyer, and a competent seeker. In CoS he just pays too much attention to taunting Harry rather than the game, which I’m sure Flint came down hard on him for. And other times he comes very close to beating Harry. But take Harry’s broom and add in his obviously superior skill, Malfoy just can’t come close to beating Harry. It almost makes me feel bad for him. Almost ;)

    Something funny I picked up on while reading this chapter: on pg. 308, in my copy of PoA at least, the passage at the top says, “A minute later, Katie had put another penalty pas the Slytherin Seeker.” Wouldn’t she need to be putting it past the *Keeper*? Just an editing mistake, obviously, but I thought it was rather humorous n_n

  20. There’s a great throwaway line in Hagrid’s letter at the beginning of this chapter: “Beaky has enjoyed London.” What on earth did Hagrid and Buckbeak do in London that Buckbeak enjoyed so much? Did they go to the zoo? To a park? To Diagon Alley? Imagine the sensation the two of them would have caused anywhere they went! Is there anywhere in London besides Diagon Alley Buckbeak could go without violating the statute of secrecy?

  21. There is also the fact that Buckbeak rode the Knight Bus to London. How did he fit?

  22. I gotta say, when I got to the end I wasn’t expecting an actual pic of Voldy like that. I laughed and laughed and laughed. Thanks for cheering me up! Lol. I agree with elizabethauthor though. He’d just be HappyFunSmiles! Lord Voldemort while he conducted his evil business. Haaa, can you imagine?

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