Puddlemere United's team anthem, Beat Back Those Bludgers, Boys, and Chuck That Quaffle Here, was recorded by singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck to raise money for St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries shortly before the publication of the edition of Quidditch Through the Ages that could be purchased by Muggles for Comic Relief.
The team was founded.
- "Oliver Wood, the old captain of Harry's House Quidditch team, who had just left Hogwarts, dragged Harry over to his parents' tent to introduce him, and told him excitedly that he had just been signed to the Puddlemere United reserve team."
- — Oliver Wood informs Harry Potter that he is a reserve member of Puddlemere United[src]
The next year, Harry Potter jokingly suggested that they should check with Puddlemere to make sure that Wood hadn't been killed in training. Harry made this joke because the new Gryffindor team captain, Angelina Johnson, seemed to be channelling Wood's fierce competitive spirit.
- "Mud-brown is very practical but we'd like something a little more striking."
- — Philbert Deveril commenting on the uniform change[src]
Puddlemere United changed their robe colour from mud-brown to blue.
Puddlemere United poached Chaser Wilda Griffiths from the Holyhead Harpies for a thousand Galleons. She helped her new team achieve a win against Wigtown Wanderers. Manager Philbert Deverill commended Griffiths for ignoring the death threats from her former captain Gwenog Jones.
Puddlemere United played the Holyhead Harpies at Ilkley Moor. Jones's threats led to security restrictions, and wands were confiscated at the gates. Many fans handed over dummy wands, however. Griffiths disappeared midway through the match, and a riot broke out. Benjy Williams captured the Snitch while the fans were rioting and won the game for Puddlemere. Puddlemere rose to the second in the League after the game while Jones was taken into custody and a Puddlemere fan called Timothy Blenkinsop was caught in the riot and acquired a rat's tail.
League standings On October 1st 1999
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Behind the scenes
- Unlike other Quidditch teams in the series, Puddlemere United does not derive its name from a location in the real world. It is possibly based somewhere on the River Piddle, in Dorset, where there is a Puddletown.
- Albus Dumbledore was apparently a fan of this team, as he wished them the best of luck for the upcoming season in his foreword to Quidditch Through the Ages.
- Puddlemere United are the only British Quidditch team whose name is not alliterative.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) (Mentioned on banner)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (PS1 version) (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Mentioned only)
- Quidditch Through the Ages
- Pottermore (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- "Daily Prophet newsletters" on The Harry Potter Lexicon
- The Making of Harry Potter (see this image)