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Quidditch Brooms

Updated on June 18, 2014

Which Broomstick?

Quidditch, as all good Harry Potter fans know, is a magical sport played on broomsticks, so if you want to play Quidditch (including muggle Quidditch) you have to have a broom.

If you're looking for a toy broomstick for a child's Harry Potter quidditch costume, click here, but if you're looking for where to buy a 'real' Quidditch broomstick read on.

Mandatory truth in advertising warning:

Even if you manage to procure a Quidditch broom from one of the wizarding establishments mentioned below that can fly, and even if the International Quidditch Association rules only mention that you must remain astride your broom during a match, the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy strictly prohibits you from actually flying it in a Quidditch match where any muggles may be among the spectators.

Photo of muggle quidditch brooms used under Creative Commons from / megstewart

What to look for in a Quidditch Broomstick

  • The broomstick stick should be easy to grip

  • The broomstick should be hard to break

  • The broomstick should not have sharp ends or splinters

  • The broom should not be too heavy

  • The broom should be long enough so that it is easy to stay astride, but short enough to allow the rider to maneuver.

  • The bristles, if there are any, should be fastened to the broom in a sturdy manner, such a bit of rough usage during play won't cause them to fall out.

If you are purchasing brooms for a team, bear in mind that, in the interests of fairness, IQA requires that all players on the pitch play with brooms that are of equal lengths and weights in tournament or regular season play, unless both teams agree to waive this requirement.

The team that hosts the match is responsible for providing the brooms. In addition, any brooms that break or splinter during a match must be replaced. So we're talking about a lot of brooms here, where a difference in price can add up fairly quickly.

International Quidditch  Association
International Quidditch Association

IQA Regulations for Broomsticks

IQA regulations regarding brooms (which you may download for free here at the IQA site) state that

"A broom consists of a wooden or plastic pole between 36 and 48 inches long with or without plastic, corn, or wooden bristles attached to the end. The recommended broom length is 46".

IQA regulations further require that "all brooms in play must be safe, both for the players using them and for their opponents. Any brooms with splinters or sharp points are not allowed"

Best Quidditch Broomsticks

If you're wondering where you find muggle Quidditch brooms for sale, at the moment, the two leading suppliers of Quidditch broomsticks for college teams seem to be Alivan's and Kevin Peterson.

Alivan's top of the line quidditch broomstick
Alivan's top of the line quidditch broomstick

Alivan's Broom Closet

Alivan's is the official IQA broom maker. Alivan brooms run from about $35 to $60, but all IQA members receive a 30% discount on any order of at least 10 Alivan's Brooms.

You can visit Alivan's Broom Closet online here.

This is Alivan's top of the line "Scarlet Falcon"

Kevin Peterson's Quidditch Broomsticks
Kevin Peterson's Quidditch Broomsticks

Kevin Peterson's Quidditch Broomsticks

Kevin Peterson's brooms are handmade, quality solid oak broom sticks designed specifically for Quidditch. While Kevin's brooms don't look like a traditional broomstick, a lot of college teams use them. Note the two special features: the ends are rounded for comfort and safety, and the brooms to not have bristles, for a sleek look and easy maneuverability. (IQA rules specify that broomsticks are not required to have bristles in order to qualify.)

Prices are very reasonable: about $20.

Here's an example of some of his products"

Red River Rider

  • 1" solid Red oak

  • 42" long

  • Rounded ends

  • Stained and varnished

This is supposed to be for sale on Amazon, but the shop wasn't open last yet last time I checked

Custom Brooms

  • 1" solid Red oak

  • 42" long

  • Rounded ends

  • Can be painted school color of your choice

  • $20 plus shipping if ordering under 7

  • $15 plus shipping if ordering over 7

Starter Pack

  • Everything you need to start a team

  • 15 PVC brooms, wrapped in tape for safety

  • Your choice of hoops, coated ($190) or uncoated ($160)

  • 3 bludgers, a quaffle, and a snitch ball

  • Air pump

  • Rulebook

Kevin.Peterson's Contact Info

Phone: +1 512-658-7860

Email: Kevin.Peterson@Petersonsbrooms.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Petersonsbroomsticks?v=inf...

You can visit Kevin's Quidditch broomstick website site here. He also has a nice section on Quidditch resources on the site as well.

Dollar Tree Broomstick
Dollar Tree Broomstick

Inexpensive Storebought Broomsticks

Dollar tree has very inexpensive broomsticks for a dollar each, but the minimum order is a case containing 24 brooms for $24, not including shipping. They are 49 1/2 inches, which is a bit too long, and made of plastic, not wood, so they are not ideal, but a least if they break they are cheap to replace. You can find them here.

Sky Striker Broomsticks by Utah Quidditch Organization
Sky Striker Broomsticks by Utah Quidditch Organization

Make Your Own Quidditch Broomsticks

The Utah Quidditch Organization has provided instructions for assembling the broom they use, the Sky Striker, here

The materials will cost about $4. This page also contains a review of some other popular low cost options and where to find them

Another broom making tutorial can be found at Friendswood brooms

What's Your Favorite Quidditch Broom?

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      blazetoe 2 years ago

      my favorite is nimbus 200

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It is funny that person drive the quidditch broom just like the witch, maybe the kids will like it.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Really cute lens: and about such an important topic for Harry Potter fans. I want to try to make my own Sky Striker. Great production selection and presentation - pinned to my Harry Potter board and blessed.

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      I want the Firebolt. The perfect broom for a Seeker. Waiting to have the wind in my hair. Fun lens.

      Yael

      (Auror in Training)

      (Sorted Hufflepuff on Pottermore and Chamber of Secrets and proud of it. Go Honey Badgers)

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      Susan R. Davis 4 years ago from Vancouver

      What a fun lens! I'm all for a Firebolt, of course, even though I'm afraid of heights.

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      NoseHairTrimmer 4 years ago

      Very nice lens, great job!

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      Mario Fazekas 4 years ago from johannesburg South Africa

      Interesting lens on a most unusual topic! The 'Firebolt' is my favorite Quidditch broom.