"...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 practise with Oliver Wood

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, although it is not a foul for a Beater to temporarily pass a bat to a non-Beater in a match.[1][2]

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][2] However, aiming Bludgers at the audience is a foul known as Bumphing.


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[3]
Troy Duvall[3]
Australian National Quidditch team Kelly Whakkaarangapawarau[3]
Kylie Meadows[3]
Ballycastle Bats Finbar Quigley[4]
Bulgarian National Quidditch team Ivan Volkov
Pyotr Vulchanov
Chudley Cannons Joey Jenkins
English National Quidditch team Dawn Withey[3]
Indira Choudry[3]
Falmouth Falcons Karl Broadmoor[5]
Kevin Broadmoor[5]
French National Quidditch team Alain Lacroix[3]
Ninon Saucet[3]
German National Quidditch team Elena Eldritch[3]
Katrina von Glockenspieler[3]
Gryffindor Quidditch team Andrew Kirke
Fred Weasley[6]
George Weasley[6]
Jack Sloper[7]
Jimmy Peakes[8]
Ritchie Coote[8]
Holyhead Harpies Gwenog Jones[9]
Hufflepuff Quidditch team Anthony Rickett[3]
Maxine O'Flaherty[3]
Michael McManus
Irish National Quidditch team Connolly
Japanese National Quidditch team Keiko Takahashi[3]
Minaka Hirakata[3]
Nordic National Quidditch team Asgard Pettersson[3]
Asgeir Knutsen[3]
Ravenclaw Quidditch team Duncan Inglebee[3]
Jason Samuels[3]
Slytherin Quidditch team Gregory Goyle[10]
Lucian Bole[11]
Peregrine Derrick[11]
Vincent Crabbe[10]
Spanish National Quidditch team Tiago Montoya[3]
Vasco Santini[3]
Unknown Hogwarts team Bean[12]
Erika Rath[12]
Wimbourne Wasps Ludo Bagman


Notes and references

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