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"...he was having enough difficulty seeing the one Bludger with which they were practising; a minute into the practise it almost unseated him and he had to use the Sloth Grip Roll to avoid it."
— Description[src]

A Quidditch player doing the Sloth Grip Roll

The Sloth Grip Roll was a Quidditch tactic where the player would hang upside down on their broomstick, holding tightly with their hands and feet to avoid an incoming Bludger.[1]


During the 1987–1988 school year, Rolanda Hooch taught the sloth grip roll to Jacob's sibling and classmates.[2]

In 1995, Quidditch Captain Angelina Johnson taught the Gryffindor Quidditch team this move. Harry Potter mastered it quickly and used it during a practise to avoid a Bludger. He hoped that Angelina would be impressed by this, but the unfavourable weather conditions at the time made it so that hardly anyone could see what any of the other players were doing.[3]


Notes and references

  1. Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 10 (Quidditch Today)
  2. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 9 (Glittery Secrets) - Flying Lesson "Sloth Grip Roll"
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 18 (Dumbledore's Army)