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"The Chasers throw the Quaffle to each other and try and get it through one of the hoops to score a goal."
— Description of the position[src]

Gryffindor Chaser Ginny Weasley throwing the Quaffle into the hoop

Chaser was a position in the wizarding sport of Quidditch. There were three Chasers per team. The Chasers controlled the Quaffle and attempted to get it through the goal hoops past the Keeper. Each goal was worth ten points. This made them similar to the forwards in football, as the game was generally started with the referee releasing the Quaffle into the air for the Chasers to try and claim possession of.[1][2]

History

The Chaser was the oldest position in the game of Quidditch, as the purpose of the game once consisted solely of scoring goals. They were formerly known as Catchers in the early days of the game.

The one major change to the role of the Chaser was in 1884 when the rules were changed that allowed only one Chaser into the scoring area while trying to score a goal. This was done in an effort to stop Stooging during a game. Two other fouls that could be committed by Chasers were Haversacking and Quaffle-pocking.[3] Chaser Dragomir Gorgovitch of the Chudley Cannons held the record holder for the most Quaffle drops in a season.[4] Chaser moves in the modern game of Quidditch included: Hawkshead Attacking Formation, Parkin's Pincer, Porskoff Ploy, and Reverse Pass.[3]

Traits

Chasers were generally considered the most exhilarating to watch by spectators during a Quidditch game, at least until the Golden Snitch had been spotted. Chasers were typically swift and agile flyers (second only to the Seeker).[2]

Known Chasers

Team Name
American National Quidditch team Debbie Muntz[5]
Gianni Fedele[5]
Robert Green[5]
Australian National Quidditch team Kenneth Hastings[5]
Maria Monteith[5]
Matthew Echunga[5]
Bulgarian National Quidditch team Alexei Levski[6]
Clara Ivanova[6]
Vasily Dimitrov[6]
Chudley Cannons Dragomir Gorgovitch[4]
English National Quidditch team Avery Hawksworth[5]
Edric Vosper[5]
Keaton Flitney[5]
French National Quidditch team Hildegarde Lafarge[5]
Josephine Marat[5]
Mathilde Mallard[5]
German National Quidditch team Igor Brand[5]
Kursten Blijk[5]
Kurt Todt[5]
Gryffindor Quidditch team Alicia Spinnet[2]
Angelina Johnson[2]
Dean Thomas[7]
Demelza Robins[8]
Ginny Weasley[8]
James Potter[9]
Katie Bell[2]
Rose Granger-Weasley[10]
Holyhead Harpies Ginny Weasley[11]
Valmai Morgan[12]
Wilda Griffiths[12]
Hufflepuff Quidditch team Cadwallader[13]
Heidi Macavoy[5]
Malcolm Preece[5]
Tamsin Applebee[5]
Zacharias Smith[14]
Irish National Quidditch team Moran[6]
Mullet[6]
Troy[6]
Japanese National Quidditch team Noriyuki Sato[5]
Ryotaro Tanaka[5]
Yoshihiro Suzuki[5]
Montrose Magpies Alasdair Maddock[12]
Fabius Watkins[15]
Nordic National Quidditch team Lorre Gustafson[5]
Olaf Andersen[5]
Peter Hansen[5]
Poland Ladislaw Zamojski[14]
Pride of Portree Catriona McCormack[3]
Puddlemere United Wilda Griffiths[12]
Ravenclaw Quidditch team Bradley[14]
Chambers[14]
Jeremy Stretton[5]
Randolph Burrow[5]
Roger Davies[16]
Scottish National Quidditch team Catriona McCormack[3]
Slytherin Quidditch team Adrian Pucey[2]
Cassius Warrington[17]
Graham Montague[17]
Marcus Flint[2]
Urquhart[7]
Vaisey[7]
Spanish National Quidditch team Ana de Lebron[5]
Carmen Garcia[5]
Chavelle Cartaya[5]
Undetermined Hogwarts House team Eekins[18]
Jacob's sibling[19]
Jarrett[18]
Orion Amari[19]
Skye Parkin[19]

Behind the scenes

Appearances

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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