A Bludger is a round, jet black ball, made of iron, and is used in the wizarding sport of Quidditch. It is ten inches in diameter. There are two Bludgers used in every match, which are bewitched to fly around and try to knock the players off of their brooms. It is the Beater's job to protect their teammates from the Bludgers and at the same time aim them towards the opposing players.
History of the Bludger
Early Bludgers (known as Blooders) were simply rocks bewitched to chase players around the field. These were eventually too fragile, and could be smashed by a Beater's bat, which ended up with players be chased by flying gravel for the rest of the game. After a few years, Bludgers were made out of lead, which was also too soft for Bludger manufacture. The magically reinforced Beater's bats could dent it, thus impairing their ability to fly straight. All Bludgers are currently made of iron. The history of this latest development was discovered by Agatha Chubb, who discovered sixteenth century lead Bludgers in an English peat bog.
Behind the scenes
- Assuming a Bludger is solid iron, it would weigh approximately 149 pounds.
- Template:WWHP sells toy Bat and Bludger sets. But the bludger ball measures 5 inches in diameter instead of 10.
- The bludgers are black in the books, but in the films they are dark brown.
The word may have been derived from, Blut, which means "blood" in German. It may also have been derived from the word "bludgeon"
Notes and references
- ↑ A sphere 10 inches in diameter has 523.6 cubic inches. Iron weighs 0.2845 pounds per cubic inch
|Officials: Quidditch referee|
|Player positions: Beater • Chaser • Keeper • Seeker|
|Playing equipment: Beater's bat • Bludger • Broomstick • Golden Snitch • Quaffle|