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The Seeker was a player in the wizarding sport Quidditch. The Seeker had to search for the Golden Snitch during a game, and catch it to end the game and win their team 150 points. Each team had 1 Seeker.

The role was very important in a game because it not only decided the final score (normally in favour of making their team the winning side), but the game may go on for hours and even days if they do not get the Snitch.


The role of the Seeker was not originally part of a game for the first century of the sport. Then in the 12th century, Barberus Bragge had introduced a Golden Snidget to a game. He gave a 150 galleon reward to any of the players who caught it. Instead of playing what was then a normal game of Quidditch, every player instead focused towards getting the Golden Snidget. The Snidget was small, quick bird that made sudden changes in direction which made it a popular bird for Snidget-hunting.[1]

But Modesty Rabnott, who was watching the game, wanted to save the Snidget and saved it using a Summoning Charm. However, the damage was done because the sport introduced a new player to every game of Quidditch, originally named the Hunter whose purpose was to catch the Golden Snidget to end the game and win their team 150 points in honour of the 150 galleon prize that Bragge wanted to award the winner. In time, the Golden Snidget was hunted to extinction, Bowman Wright invented the Golden Snitch and the name was changed from Hunter to Seeker.[1]

The best selection for a Seeker was usually a player who was light, speedy at flying[2][3], had a sharp eye and be able to fly one-handed when needed, and usually prove to be the best player at flying on the pitch. Catching the Snitch usually won their team victory every time, causing the Seeker to be a very important player, Even if their team was losing by 150 points and were looking at defeat, a Seeker could turn it round.[1] Because of that, they get targeted and fouled a lot.[4]

The game won't end until a Seeker gets the Snitch. It once took Seekers in a game three months to catch the ball, and the game had to continue using substitutions.[4]

Known Seekers

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