Originally, Quidditch was played only by Chasers and Keepers. The Quaffle was the only ball, which was used for scoring points. Later, the Bludgers were added to the game to further hinder the players. Due to the high number of casualties, more players were invited to the team: Beaters, who keep the Bludgers away from members of their teams. Over the time, the balls became metal and Quidditch was becoming a more and more popular type of sport.
One Quidditch Match That Brought Changes to Game
There was an event in Kent, which helped the Quidditch sport to develop and get popular. The Quidditch fan Barberus Bragge brought a cage with a small yellow bird to a match game and released it from the cage. He promised a 150 Galleon prize to the player who could catch the bird - a huge amount of money at that time. The Snidget was small but very fast: it could quickly change directions in such a way that it was hard to catch it.
A witch named Modesty Rabnott decided to save the poor bird from the players with an Accio spell. Regardless, it soon became a tradition to release the Snidget, and catch it on every Quidditch game. But unfortunately, the bird gave up its life after almost every Quidditch game as the Seeker’s goal was not only catching the poor bird but also killing it. Only after that the Seeker’s team got 150 points and left the game as winners. Due to the popularity of Quidditch and the resulting high number of the games, the birds were soon threatened with extinction. Finally, the birds were declared to be protected species by the Magic Council.
The New Ball Was Added to the Game
Due to the lack of a bird, wizards had to come up with something new, so as not to reduce the interest in Quidditch. The wizard Bowman Wright from Godric's Hollow finally had the solution: he invented a winged ball; its weight and size exactly matched the Snidget’s ones. Bowman’s invention was a pure ‘miracle’ – the ball called Snitch also moved just like the bird – in a fast, unpredictable and almost impossible to follow manner. In addition, he gave his invention the ability to remember the person who first touched it to ensure a clear end to the game. The name ‘Quidditch’ most likely comes from the ‘Queerditch March’, the field on which the first Quidditch game took place.