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"Hundreds of seats were raised in stands around the pitch so the spectators were high enough to see what was going on. At either end of the pitch were golden poles with hoops on the end."
—The Quidditch Pitch[src]

Hogwarts has its own Quidditch pitch where Quidditch teams could practise, hold try-outs and play matches against each other. Each year will see a total of six inter-house matches (each house competing for the Quidditch Cup), along with numerous training sessions by each house team.[1]

Description

Quidditch Pitch

Hogwarts Quidditch pitch decorated for a Gryffindor versus Slytherin match

The stands surrounding the pitch are decorated differently for each Quidditch match at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Every second stand would be decorated with the colours of one team, and every other stand with the colours of the opposing team. Spectators would sit in between these stands.[1]

History

1995

Main article: Triwizard Maze
"The Quidditch pitch was no longer smooth and flat. It looked as though somebody had been building long, low walls all over it, twisting and criss-crossing in every directions"
—The Hogwarts Quidditch pitch use in the Third Task[src]

In 1995, tall hedges were grown on it in order for it to be used as the location of the Triwizard Tournament's Third Task.[2]

1998

Hogwarts' quidditch pitch-DH2

Hogwarts Quidditch pitch burning down

In 1998 the Quidditch field was burnt down by the Snatchers in the Battle of Hogwarts.[3]

2020

The Qudditch pitch was rebuilt following its destruction during the Battle of Hogwarts. In 2020, it was the site of a confrontation between Delphini and two students, Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy, and the murder of Hogwarts prefect Craig Bowker Jr at the hands of Delphini when she cast a Killing Curse at him.[4]

Behind the scenes

LEGO Quidditch

The Hogwarts Quidditch pitch as a LEGO set

  • In the films, the pitch is very similar to the one described in the books, but the location of the pitch changes in most of the films. In the first three films, it appears to be on the same side of the castle as the Training Grounds but down a hill. In Half-Blood Prince the pitch is closer to the lake down past Rubeus Hagrid's cabin.
    • Also in the films, the pitch is decorated with all of the school colours, as opposed to only the colours of the houses that are playing against each other. In addition there are two stands in the centre of the pitch that are coloured in black and white.
  • In the first three films, the pitch only had sixteen stands, but in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince there are twenty and they are closer together.
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, a trench was added around the edge of the pitch for the scene where Harry is chased by the rogue bludger.
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, most of the decorations have been removed save for at the very tops of the stands, leaving most of the wooden frame exposed. While there is no official reason given, one possible explanation is that the were removed due to the rain so that they wouldn't get soaked and splash water onto the crowd.
  • In LEGO Dimensions, the Quidditch pitch appears as an arena for the game's Battle Mode.

Appearances

Notes and references


Hogwarts Castle
Hogwarts grounds
Exterior Walkway · Training Grounds · Secret room near the Training Grounds · Hagrid's Hut · Hagrid's pumpkin patch · Hagrid's garden · Secret Garden · Forbidden Forest · Hogwarts greenhouses · Sundial Garden · Gatehouse · Quidditch Pitch · Incendio Challenge · Quidditch Gate · Quidditch viaduct · Broomshed · Entrance Gates · Entrance footpath · Pixie water well · Clock Tower Courtyard · Wooden Bridge · Road to Hogwarts · Ravenclaw Duelling Arena · Quidditch Training Pitch · Gargoyle Gate · White Tomb · Great Lake · Ravine · Road to Hogsmeade · Lawn by Forbidden Forest · Path to Owlery · Path to the Whomping Willow · Quidditch Changing Rooms
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