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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Quidditch Brooms?!?
In the Chapter, "The Quidditch Final", right when the match is starting between Gryffindor and Slytherin, Madam Hooch says "Mount your brooms!", and only 14 brooms fly into the air. Now, in other matches, the 15th broom is the ref, so why isn't there a ref in this match??
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Mindy Doll writes:
Have any of you read "Quidditch through the ages"? It says (I don't know the page and this is paraphrased) 'The ref tells the players to mount their brooms, releases the balls, THEN flies up.' The ref shouldn't leave the ground with the players. And Snape was the ref at the second match (the one that lasted five minutes and where Ron beat up Malfroy) Hermione sat Snape's robe on fire in the first one (where Harry ate the snitch.)
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snoopy writes:
There's nothing to say madam Hooch wasn't already in the air before she blew her whistle, where she wasn't already in the air at the other matches.Simple.
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Erin writes:
The ref is on a broom- it says so in the 4th book when the ref at the World cup match misses a call because his broom-tail was on fire. But the ref's broom goes up later because he/she has to wait to the players are up to release the balls.
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snoopy writes:
spysmerf, erm I think your getting things a little muddled- the match at which Hermiony sets fire to Snapes robes, Snape was NOT reffing, he was in the stands.Duh.
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RonJLow writes:
Either Hooch is ref'ing and hasn't mounted up yet, or the actual ref may be already aloft, or the actual ref hasn't mounted yet.
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Sarah writes:
In the American version it says 15 brooms.
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Helen writes:
Well how the hell is she supposed to see the game then. It says that the stadium was high and still Ron and Hermione had to use binoculars, so if they couldn't see from the stadium, how is the ref going to see from the ground??
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kari writes:
In the American hard-cover, it's on page 306 and it says fourteen.
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Ryochan writes:
Uh, magic?
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@ssKicker writes:
In HPATPS and, I think in HPATCOS, it doesn't say anything about the referee being on a broom.
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MissingNO writes:
There are three possibilities--there wasn't a referee there, the referee was a automatic flying broom, or he transformed into one. I don't know, because I haven't seen a movie or picture of it.
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J.P. writes:
In Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone Snape is the ref in the match between Griffindor and Hufflepuff and he is on the ground. Otherwise Hermione wouldn't have been able to set fire to his robes to stop him from cursing Harry.
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