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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.
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 Broom Closet
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
- 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
- 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
Kevin.Peterson's Contact Info
Phone: +1 512-658-7860
You can visit Kevin's Quidditch broomstick website site here. He also has a nice section on Quidditch resources on the site as well.
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.
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