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"...you 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]

Harry Potter using a Beater's bat during a session of Quidditch practice with Oliver Wood

Beater was a position in the wizarding sport of Quidditch. There were two Beaters on every Quidditch team, and they were the only players on the pitch who had bats, although it was not a foul for a Beater to temporarily pass a bat to a non-Beater in a match.[1][2]

Their job was to keep the Bludgers away from their team and at the same time try and aim the Bludgers towards the opposite team.[1][2] However, aiming Bludgers at the audience was a foul known as Bumphing.[2]


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

Jacob's sibling played Beater for their House during the 1986–1987 school year, replacing Bean, who was suspended from playing Quidditch for the season due to her low marks.[3]


Beaters needed to be well built, having considerable physical strength in their arms since they were charged with hitting the Bludgers throughout the whole match.[1] Because of this, most of the beaters throughout history had been wizards rather than witches playing in this position. However, there had been exceptions, such as the famous Captain of the Holyhead Harpies, Gwenog Jones, among others.

Beaters also needed to have good balance, as they were, at times, required to take both hands off their broomstick.

Known Beaters

Team Name
American National Quidditch team Greg Ruczinski[4]
Troy Duvall[4]
Australian National Quidditch team Kelly Whakkaarangapawarau[4]
Kylie Meadows[4]
Ballycastle Bats Finbar Quigley[5]
Bulgarian National Quidditch team Ivan Volkov
Pyotr Vulchanov
Chudley Cannons Joey Jenkins
English National Quidditch team Dawn Withey[4]
Indira Choudry[4]
Falmouth Falcons Karl Broadmoor[6]
Kevin Broadmoor[6]
French National Quidditch team Alain Lacroix[4]
Ninon Saucet[4]
German National Quidditch team Elena Eldritch[4]
Katrina von Glockenspieler[4]
Gryffindor Quidditch team Andrew Kirke
Fred Weasley[7]
George Weasley[7]
Jack Sloper[8]
Jimmy Peakes[9]
Ritchie Coote[9]
Holyhead Harpies Gwenog Jones[10]
Hufflepuff Quidditch team Anthony Rickett[4]
Maxine O'Flaherty[4]
Michael McManus
Irish National Quidditch team Connolly
Japanese National Quidditch team Keiko Takahashi[4]
Minaka Hirakata[4]
Nordic National Quidditch team Asgard Pettersson[4]
Asgeir Knutsen[4]
Ravenclaw Quidditch team Duncan Inglebee[4]
Jason Samuels[4]
Slytherin Quidditch team Gregory Goyle[11]
Lucian Bole[12]
Peregrine Derrick[12]
Vincent Crabbe[11]
Spanish National Quidditch team Tiago Montoya[4]
Vasco Santini[4]
Undetermined Hogwarts House team Bean[13]
Erika Rath[13]
Jacob's sibling[14]
Wimbourne Wasps Ludo Bagman


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 10 (Hallowe'en)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 6 (Changes in Quidditch since the Fourteenth Century)
  3. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Quidditch Season 2, Chapter 1 (Welcome Back to Quidditch)
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
  5. Daily Prophet Newsletters
  6. 6.0 6.1 Quidditch Through the Ages
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 9 (The Midnight Duel)
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 21 (The Eye of the Snake)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 11 (Hermione's Helping Hand)
  10. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 19 (The Lion and the Serpent)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 15 (The Quidditch Final)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
  14. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Quidditch Season 2, Chapter 1 (Welcome Back to Quidditch)
Game of Quidditch
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Officials: Quidditch referee
Player positions: BeaterChaserKeeperSeeker
Playing equipment: Beater's batBludgerBroomstickGolden SnitchQuaffle