Undoubtedly the most popular sport in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Quidditch is beloved by Hogwarts students and teachers alike, with stands packed to the rafters for each Hogwarts Quidditch match. To add further hype, Hogwarts hosts an annual Inter-House Quidditch Cup, where each Hogwarts house fights to be crowned school champions.
During Harry's years at Hogwarts, he experienced some breathtaking moments in the Quidditch stadium, which would not have been possible without some of Hogwarts' finest players at his side. Let's take a look at the most accomplished Quidditch players that Hogwarts had to offer during Harry's years there.
10. Harry Potter
No list such as this could be compiled without first mentioning the "Boy Who Lived." Breaking numerous school records, including becoming the youngest Seeker in a century after being recruited his first year, and making the fastest capture of the Snitch, Harry was an integral member of the Gryffindor squad during his six years at Hogwarts.
Harry became Gryffindor Quidditch captain in his sixth year, and impressively won the Quidditch Cup three out of the four times that the tournament was completed (the cup was canceled during his second year due to the horrific events concerning the Chamber of Secrets and again during his fifth).
9. Oliver Wood
As Gryffindor's Keeper and Quidditch captain during Harry's first three years at Hogwarts, Wood was a strong leader who brought his team to many victories. Reliable and strong-minded, some of Wood's finest performances as Gryffindor's shot-stopper included only conceding twice during Gryffindor's 230-20 thumping of Slytherin in Harry's third year. And let's not forget about conceding three times during the 230-30 victory over Ravenclaw earlier that same year.
As can be seen by the above results, Gryffindor's results during Harry's third year were remarkable, and under Wood's tutelage, this gutsy Gryffindor team won the Hogwarts Quidditch Cup for the first time in almost 10 years. After leaving Hogwarts, Wood went on to become a reserve player for Puddlemere United.
8. Katie Bell
One of three original Gryffindor Chasers at the time that Harry joined the team, Katie Bell was an integral member of the Gryffindor Quidditch team for the entire duration of Harry's Hogwarts Quidditch career. A year above Harry, Katie was the youngest player on the team—after Harry—and the only remaining player from the original squad when he was made captain.
Katie's determination and dedication to the game was demonstrated on numerous occasions. Whether it was her grit that helped Gryffindor to their three Inter-House Quidditch Cups or her will to recover from the cursed Opal Necklace that Malfoy gave her during The Half-Blood Prince, Katie was remarkable.
7. Angelina Johnson
Yet another core member of Harry's original Gryffindor team, Angelina displayed much talent with the Quaffle and was a ferocious competitor, which unfortunately made her a target for physical bombardment by Slytherin. She did well to overcome such animosity, however, and was eventually named Gryffindor captain once Oliver Wood left school.
During her tenure as captain, Angelina's team went through much turmoil. Not only did Ron, the new Keeper, have a tendency to crumble under pressure, but Harry, Fred, and George were all banned from Quidditch by Umbridge in later matches. This makes Gryffindor's Quidditch Cup triumph, and Angelina's captaincy, all the more admirable.
6. Cho Chang
Apart from being both Cedric Diggory's and Harry's love interests, Cho is also renowned for being a fine Quidditch player. Soon after beginning her school career, she earned a spot on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team as a Seeker.
Harry seemed to have an edge over Cho in their matches, as not only did Harry catch the Snitch in their first encounter during their third year, but Gryffindor won each subsequent match against Ravenclaw. Despite this, Cho remained a talented Seeker, as was displayed by Ravenclaw's heavy defeat of Hufflepuff during Harry's third year. For the duration of her time at Hogwarts, Cho remained Ravenclaw's first choice Seeker, proving that she was the undisputed best that Ravenclaw had to offer.
5. Cedric Diggory
Both an athletic and academic prodigy, Cedric soon proved himself as one of Hufflepuff's most promising Quidditch players, not only earning the position of Seeker but also being appointed team captain. Despite the presence of Dementors in the Quidditch stadium, Cedric bested Harry in their match during Harry's third year by catching the Golden Snitch and winning the match for Hufflepuff (during the events of the Prisoner of Azkaban book).
A chivalrous wizard, Cedric offered to replay this hard-fought match due to Harry being confronted by Dementors, which resulted in him being knocked off his broom. Gryffindor declined his offer, however, as Cedric and Hufflepuff won the match fairly through hard work and perseverance.
4. Fred And George Weasley
The Weasley twins were Gryffindors' trusty Beaters since a year before Harry began his Quidditch career. They were both integral to Gryffindor's success and participated in each of Harry's matches up until Harry's sixth year when the twins graduated from Hogwarts.
During Harry's fifth year, when he and the Weasley twins were banned from playing Quidditch, Gryffindor suffered from the absence of their star Beaters in their 240-230 loss to Hufflepuff, and subsequent shaky victory over Ravenclaw. There's no doubt as to why Oliver Wood considered Fred and George to be Gryffindor's best-ever Beaters.
3. Ginny Weasley
Keeping in line with family tradition, Ginny also made appearances for the Gryffindor team, albeit later in her school career than most of her siblings. During Harry's fifth year, when he was banned from Quidditch, Gryffindor was in desperate need of a new Seeker. She was successful in tryouts and made the team for the remainder of the season.
She immediately impressed during her debut game against Hufflepuff, as although Gryffindor ultimately lost, she caught the Golden Snitch. She repeated this feat against Ravenclaw, winning Gryffindor the match as well as the Quidditch Cup. She also made for an effective Chaser, and played in this position the following year once Harry returned. After school, Ginny turned professional; playing as a Chaser for the Holyhead Harpies as well as becoming a Quidditch reporter for the Daily Prophet.
2. Ron Weasley
Like his sister, Ron also began his Quidditch career later than his siblings. Upon being named Gryffindor Quidditch Captain in his sixth year, Harry held Quidditch trials in which Ron was pitted against Cormac McLaggen for the role of Keeper.
As a result of Hermione's Confundus Charm, Cormac missed his final, decisive save, meaning that Ron was awarded the role of Gryffindor keeper. After Harry tricked him into thinking that he slipped Liquid Luck into his drink, Ron suddenly overcame his nerves and performed outstandingly in the match against Slytherin later that afternoon. Ron exceeded expectations in all of his matches and helped Gryffindor to another Quidditch Cup triumph (according to the events of the Half-Blood Prince book).
1. Special Mention: Minerva McGonagall
This Hogwarts professor is the one who first noticed Harry's talent on a broomstick and recommended him as Gryffindor Seeker to then-captain Oliver Wood. Perhaps what gave her such a keen sense for talent is the fact that she, herself, represented the Gryffindor Quidditch team during her school days at Hogwarts.
In a crucial match against Slytherin for the Quidditch Cup, McGonagall was knocked off her broom due to a nasty foul from a Slytherin player, and left the pitch with a concussion. Perhaps this is what lead to her dislike for Slytherin, as well as her desire to see Gryffindor emerge victorious on the Quidditch Pitch, which she certainly did during her time as head of the house.