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Gryffindor Seeker Harry Potter beating a Bludger, the Beaters job

" have two Beaters on each team — it's their job to protect their side from the Bludgers and try and knock them towards the other team."
—Description of the position[src]

Beater is a position in the Wizarding sport of Quidditch. There are two Beaters on every Quidditch team, and they are the only players on the pitch who have bats. Their job is to keep the Bludgers away from their team and at the same time try and aim the Bludgers towards the opposite team.[1]


Beaters have probably existed in the game of Quidditch since the introduction of the Bludger. Beaters are not meant to be goal scorers, and there is no indication that any Beater has ever handled the Quaffle during gameplay.


Beaters need to be well built, having considerable physical strength in their arms since they are charged with hitting the Bludgers throughout the whole match. Because of this, most of the beaters throughout history have been wizards rather than witches playing in this position. However, there have been exceptions, such as the famous Captain of the Holyhead Harpies, Gwenog Jones, among others. Beaters also need to have good balance, as they are, at times, required to take both hands off their broomstick.

Known Beaters

Team Name
American National Quidditch team Greg Ruczinski
Troy Duvall
Australian National Quidditch team Kelly Whakkaarangapawarau
Kylie Meadows
Ballycastle Bats Finbar Quigley
Bulgarian National Quidditch team Ivan Volkov
Pyotr Vulchanov
Chudley Cannons Joey Jenkins
English National Quidditch team Dawn Withey
Indira Choudry
Falmouth Falcons Karl Broadmoor
Kevin Broadmoor
French National Quidditch team Alain Lacroix
Ninon Saucet
German National Quidditch team Elena Eldritch
Katrina von Glockenspieler
Gryffindor Quidditch team Andrew Kirke
Fred Weasley
George Weasley
Jack Sloper
Jimmy Peakes
Ritchie Coote
Holyhead Harpies Gwenog Jones
Hufflepuff Quidditch team Anthony Rickett
Maxine O'Flaherty
Michael McManus
Irish National Quidditch team Connolly
Japanese National Quidditch team Keiko Takahashi
Minaka Hirakata
Nordic National Quidditch team Asgard Pettersson
Asgeir Knutsen
Ravenclaw Quidditch team Duncan Inglebee
Jason Samuels
Slytherin Quidditch team Gregory Goyle
Lucian Bole
Peregrine Derrick
Vincent Crabbe
Spanish National Quidditch team Tiago Montoya
Vasco Santini
Unknown Hogwarts team Dobbin
Wimbourne Wasps Ludo Bagman


Notes and references

  1. Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 6 (Changes in Quidditch since the Fourteenth Century)

Game of Quidditch
Quidditch pitch
Officials: Quidditch referee
Player positions: BeaterChaserKeeperSeeker
Playing equipment: Beater's batBludgerBroomstickGolden SnitchQuaffle