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"….modification of any part of the referee’s body, whether or not he or she has requested such modification, will lead to a lifetime ban from the tournament and possibly imprisonment."
-- The History of the Quidditch World Cup (Pm)


The referee is in charge of making sure that Quidditch games are played fairly and safely.

Madam Hooch, who teaches students to fly, usually referees the games played at Hogwarts School (PS11, CS10, CS14, PA9, PA13, PA15, OP19, HBP14, HBP19). However in one game during Harry Potter’s first year, Professor Snape substituted for her (and was prevented from being partisan by the presence of Professor Dumbledore in the crowd) (PS13).

The job of professional referee can be very dangerous.

Other referee facts:

  • Because they are constantly monitoring fourteen Quidditch players on the pitch simultaneously, neck strain is the is the most common injury suffered by referees (QA6).
  • Perimeter officials assist referees during matches to ensure the players stay within the confines of the pitch (QA8).
  • Referees are tested and have their flying skills examined by the Department of Magical Games and Sports. They are rigorously assessed to ensure they will not curse players who annoy them (QA6).
  • Referees for Quidditch World Cup games are chosen by the International Confederation of Wizards Quidditch Committee (ICWQC) (Pm).
  • Leopoldina Smethwyck was the first British witch to referee a Quidditch match (FW).



It is not a job for the shy or faint-hearted....

Although the dates printed on the Daily Prophet Newsletters are:

  • DP1: 31 July 1998,
  • DP2: 8 February 1999,
  • DP3: 1 June 1999 and
  • DP4: 1 October 1999,

the timeframe for these events is 1992-1993.

From the Web

Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore:

Pottermore enhanced reading experience: Quidditch World Cup

Screenshots of the original Daily Prophet coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore: Imgur archive

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