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[[Image:Quaffle.jpg|thumb|right|250px|[[Oliver Wood]] holding the Quaffle.]]
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A '''Quaffle''' is a ball used in the wizarding game of [[Quidditch]]. It is twelve inches in diameter, red, leather-covered ball used as the main object of play. The three [[Chaser]]s carry and pass the Quaffle to their opponent's goal hoops, where they try to score points by throwing it through one of the three rings. Each time it passes through the hoops, the scoring team scores ten points.
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==History of the Quaffle==
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According to the entries in [[Gertie Keddle's diary]], the Quaffle was the first ball used in the early form of Quidditch played at [[Queerditch Marsh]]. Originally, the ball was not enchanted, and made of patched leather with a strap attached to it to allow players to throw and catch it one handed. Some Quaffles had finger holes instead of the strap.
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In [[1711]], the Quaffle was changed to its current scarlet colour, after a match played in heavy rain made it indistinguishable from the muddy ground. Shortly after, the [[witch]] [[Daisy Pennifold]] came up with the idea of enchanting the Quaffle so that it dropped to the ground slower than normal. Chasers were complaining of having to dive to the ground to retrieve a dropped ball, and the new enchantment gave the Chasers time to retrieve the ball while still in the air. The ball became known as the Pennifold Quaffle, a term that is still used today.
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In [[1875]], [[Gripping Charm]]s were discovered, allowing the players to hold onto the Quaffle without needed either a strap or finger holes.
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==Appearances==
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' {{1st}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
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*''[[Quidditch Through the Ages (real)|Quidditch Through the Ages]]''
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*''[[Quidditch World Cup]]''
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{{Quidditch}}
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[[Category:Quidditch equipment]]

Revision as of 02:26, May 31, 2008

Quaffle

Oliver Wood holding the Quaffle.

A Quaffle is a ball used in the wizarding game of Quidditch. It is twelve inches in diameter, red, leather-covered ball used as the main object of play. The three Chasers carry and pass the Quaffle to their opponent's goal hoops, where they try to score points by throwing it through one of the three rings. Each time it passes through the hoops, the scoring team scores ten points.

History of the Quaffle

According to the entries in Gertie Keddle's diary, the Quaffle was the first ball used in the early form of Quidditch played at Queerditch Marsh. Originally, the ball was not enchanted, and made of patched leather with a strap attached to it to allow players to throw and catch it one handed. Some Quaffles had finger holes instead of the strap.

In 1711, the Quaffle was changed to its current scarlet colour, after a match played in heavy rain made it indistinguishable from the muddy ground. Shortly after, the witch Daisy Pennifold came up with the idea of enchanting the Quaffle so that it dropped to the ground slower than normal. Chasers were complaining of having to dive to the ground to retrieve a dropped ball, and the new enchantment gave the Chasers time to retrieve the ball while still in the air. The ball became known as the Pennifold Quaffle, a term that is still used today.

In 1875, Gripping Charms were discovered, allowing the players to hold onto the Quaffle without needed either a strap or finger holes.

Appearances


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