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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:50 am

A broom could be used for evil in a VERY evil way.
One way is that you could beat the crapp out of somebody with it. Also you could fly to a place and kill somebody. The death eaters used brooms to attack the order then they where taking Harry to the burrow. Another way could be that somebody could make it a horrcrux. It would actually be a really good idea. If you make a broom a horrcrux, then you could fly around on it. Nobody would ever think that it would be one since it seems a bit silly, but it could definitely happen. (Sorry about the lack of detail, but I can't really think of much.)
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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Fri Dec 17, 2010 7:30 pm

Good job Tonks :)
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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:34 am

that's good tonks, 15 points to gryffindor



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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:07 pm

Professor, I am in Slytherin...
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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:10 pm

erm, well at least i put the points in the right place lol its 15 points to slytherin!



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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:48 pm

This is very good, but this is the end of this class, if you would like extra points, you can turn in any extra credit that has to do with this topic, i will lock it in a week



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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:15 am

That means I can write here about something that has to do with defense against the dark arts to earn extra points?(essays etc.)
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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:13 pm

Yes, Ron. Anything as long as it has to do with DADA



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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:33 am

Defence Against the Dark Arts, also known by its acronym D.A.D.A., is a class taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that focuses on defensive techniques to block spells, charms, curses, hexes, and jinxes cast by other wizards and witches, counteract the Dark Arts, and to protect from dark magical beasts and creatures such as the Boggart. Defence Against the Dark Arts is taught to Hogwarts students from the first year to the fifth, with the option of N.E.W.T. classes in the sixth and Seventh years for students who qualify.As D.A.D.A. teachers came and went at Hogwarts, it produced inconsistent learning from year to year, as the quality and style of teaching varied widely from teacher to teacher.

The Dark Arts, also known as Dark magic, refers to any type of magic that is mainly used to cause harm. The Dark Arts encompass many spells and actions ranging from using the Unforgivable Curses to brewing harmful or poisonous potions to breeding dark creatures such as Basilisks, and its practice is generally illegal. Practitioners are referred to as Dark wizards or witches, the most prominent and powerful of whom was Lord Voldemort. His followers, known as Death Eaters, also practised the Dark Arts.The Dark Arts are generally regarded as corrupting those who use them. The Dark Art of creating a Horcrux involves literally splitting the soul for the unnatural purpose of achieving immortality.Powerful Dark spells also require malicious intent in order to be successful. To cast the Cruciatus Curse, for instance, one must truly desire to cause pain in and of itself.The Dark Arts can also be difficult to control.Injuries caused by Dark magic never fully heal.

A boggart is a shape-shifting creature that takes on the form of the viewer's worst fear. When facing a boggart, it is best to have someone else along, to try to confuse it. Because of their shape-shifting ability, no one knows what a boggart looks like when it is alone, as it instantly changes when you first see it.The charm that combats a boggart is Riddikulus. The charm requires a strong mind and good concentration. The incantation and wand movement alone will not affect a boggart. The correct way to perform the charm is to push past the fear, and concentrate on something that will make the boggart look amusing. The charm does not, in fact, repel a Boggart; it just forces it to assume a shape that the caster will find comical, inspiring laughter, which will defeat a boggart.

A Pixie is a small, bright blue mischief-maker, and loves tricks and practical jokes. It is able to fly, and enjoys lifting people up by their ears and depositing them on the tops of trees and buildings, showing incredible strength for creatures of their size. Pixies can only communicate with other pixies; their voices are described as "so shrill it was like listening to a lot of arguing budgies". They bear live young.

A Dementor is a Dark creature, considered one of the foulest to inhabit the world. Dementors feed off human happiness, and thus cause depression and despair to anyone near them. They can also consume a person's soul, leaving their victims in a permanent vegetative state, and thus are often referred to as "soul-sucking fiends.When a kiss is performed the Dementor will pull back its hood, clamp its jaw around the victim's mouth, and consume his or her soul. The Dementor's Kiss is generally considered to be a punishment worse than death. Victims are left in what Muggles would call a Persistent Vegetative State: empty shells that are still alive but irretrievably "gone". It is impossible to return as a ghost, for the Kiss consumes the soul, and the soul of a person is required in order to become a ghost.It is unknown if the person can have acess to the afterlife, or if the soul is trapped completely in the Dementor's body and digested.




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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:21 pm

Defense Against the Dark arts:

Defense against the dark arts is avery important class. Unlike charms and transfiguration, it teaches you defence spells like jinxes, hexes and more. I believe this class teaches you how to be independent, how to feel like you have the power to save someone you love or become braver, not just teaching you spells to defend. In defense against the dark arts, you deal with a lot of magical creatures, not unlike COMC (care of magical creatures). Defense agaist the dark arts is similar to a lot of different classes, but so different. It is my favourite class for these and other reasons.
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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:27 am

Ron, 30 points to Gryffindor
Luna, 15 points to Ravenclaw

Dont forget you can do as many extra credit items as you would like.



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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:29 pm

DADA-

Defense against the Dark Arts is one of the most useful classes in wizard history, here are some facts, and reasons as to why it is so useful.
DADA is the only class, where you can learn, to defend yourself against, say Death Eaters. If you have to think quick, you don't want to have to take the time and make a potion. Some of the most useful spells you can learn, are the unforgivable curses. Not to use them, but to know how to defend yourself against them. One of the spells I can think of that can protect you from a killing curse, would be the Expelliarmus spell. It disarms your opponent. Harry uses this spell in the 4th book to protect himself when Voldemort is trying to kill him. I believe in the seventh book, Harry uses the Expelliarmus spell, to disarm Voldemort, and Avada Kedevra backfires against Voldemort. Therefore, killing him.
The Ridikulous spell is a very useful, and funny spell. I am not quite sure how it is spelled though (; . The Ridikulous spell helps get rid of boggarts. Boggarts are things that take the form of whatever you fear most. The ridikulous spell will turn the boggart into something that you find truly funny. For instance, my boggart would most likely be whales. I could then cast the ridikulous spell, and turn it into something funny, like a whale turing into a little tiny fish.
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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:48 am

It's Riddikulus, Tonks.

DADA/ Defense Against the Dark Arts..

Is a very useful and important class in Hogwarts. It teaches Defensive spells, as said, Against the dark arts.. Students are being teached by their professors how to defend themselves against Death Eaters or anything Evil. Expelliarmus is a Disarming charm that makes him/her wand, for example fly away from his/her hand. Here are other neccesarry spells against the dark arts..
• Confringo • Duro
• Expelliarmus • Ebublio
• Confundo • Rictusempra
• Iacuntes Glacies • Everte Statum
• Fienfyre .......etc.
• Diffindo
• Diminuendo
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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:17 am

Haha thanks (:
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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:41 pm

Here is about wand :D with wand we can defend against dark arts

A wand is a tool used by wizards and witches to channel magical powers. Most spells are done with the aid of wands. It is possible to do magic without a wand, but is very difficult and requires much concentration and skill. Only advanced wizards can perform spells without the use of wands.Wands are "quasi-sentient," and as close to animate as an object can get because they are imbued with a great deal of magic.Although the wand cores may come from the same creature, or the wood may come from the same tree, no two existing wands are exactly alike.
WANDLORE
Wandlore is a specific class of magic that refers to the history and magical properties of wands. Mr. Ollivander claims that it is a "complex and mysterious branch of magic."The idea that a wand chooses the wizard is a part of wandlore, as is the idea that wands can switch allegiance.
MATERIALS
Generally, wands are long, thin rods of wood with a magical substance embedded into their core. Some of the woods used include holly, hawthorn, oak, vine, rosewood, blackthorn, willow, ash, mahogany, yew, birch, and elder. The cores that have been documented are Phoenix tail feather, Dragon heartstring, Veela hair, Unicorn hair, and Thestral hair. The wandmaker Ollivander mentioned that he did not use Veela hair, as it made for "temperamental" wands. It is possible that other magical substances may be used for cores, but none have yet been specified.Other important characteristics of a wand are its length and its rigidity, ranging from "unyielding" to "springy." These factors have some effect on the overall use of the wand, but it is currently unknown what they actually do. The characteristics of a wand also seem to have some influence over which kinds of magic the wand is particularly suited for. For example, James Potter's wand was quite good at Transfiguration, and Lily Evans' wand was described as being excellent for Charms work.The exact process of making a wand is not known. Likely, it is as difficult and complex as wandlore itself.
GENERAL
In almost all documented cases, the wand chooses the wizard. This is due to the unique character of each wand, which must match that of the wizard, as the wizard may not be able to perform magic if his and his wand's characters conflict, or the magic may be sub-par to magic performed with the wizard's own wand.When trying out different wands, an aspiring wizard may cause some damage when he encounters wands that don't get along with him.Unfortunately, such trial and error is the only way to find a wand that matches the witch or wizard, and so Mr. Ollivander has become use to his store becoming damaged on a constant basis.It is theorised that the wand's length is directly proportional to the wizard's height: the longer the wand, the taller the wizard, and the shorter the wand, the shorter the wizard. However, this theory has not been confirmed.Examples of this have been found, as in Dolores Umbridge's short wand, and Mine and Rubeus Hagrid's long ones.Since numbers have known magical properties, it's also possible that the wand's length have some symbolic meaning related to their owners, much like their core. For example, the wand of Tom Riddle, a reputed dark wizard, measures 13½ inches and thirteen is commonly an omen of misfortune or evil in the folklore and religion of various cultures around the world.Examples of damage caused by "mismatched" wands were seen in 1991, where wand boxes flew off of shelves and banged into walls and when a glass jar on a shelf was shattered as a result of Harry Potter waving the wrong sort of wands. He tried out many wands before he found the one that chose him. Apparently, a warm feeling is felt when the wizard or witch chooses the right wand, and the wand sometimes emits a few sparks or does some similar small sign of magic.Wands are capable of changing masters. When a wand's master is disarmed, stunned, or killed, but not had their wand snatched from their hand, the wand will accept the old master's attacker as its new master. This will occur even if the wand in question is not in the possession of either of the two people involved.However, most wands share an affinity with their masters and will not easily discontinue its allegiance with the previous master; furthermore, wands forcibly taken in circumstances of purely competitive or friendly nature, or are stolen without attacking the previous master will not change allegiance.Wands can be broken by spells or by physical damage. Wands in this condition will have greatly reduced magical abilities. Even when repaired, the wand's magic will not improve and the wand may break again while performing magic. The Elder Wand is able to completely repair broken wands, although this ability may be lost if the current master dies undefeated, as most of the wand's power would disappear with him.Wands are quasi-sentient, meaning that while they cannot think or communicate like a human, they can perform certain actions through their own will.

WANDLESS SPELL
A wandless spell is a spell which is performed without the use of a wand. This magic can be particularly volatile, and can only be used effectively by powerful and disciplined wizards and witches. Sometimes, specific hand gestures focus the power of the spell and guide it to the target.Wandless spells are often used in cases of underage magic, in which children under the age of eleven, who have no wands, sometimes use magic. This is known as Accidental Wandless Magic. On most of these occasions, the children have no control over their abilities, and will unintentionally use magic when upset or in danger. Some children, however, exert some control over their magic, but they are untrained in proper spells.Elves and Goblins are able to perform magic without wands. Goblins sometimes refer to wizards and witches as "wand bearers" and humans' failure to share wand knowledge with goblins is a source of ill-feeling between the two species.

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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:55 pm

very nice Ronald! 50 points to Gryffindor!



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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:29 am

Oh, here.

THE INVISIBILITY CLOAK.


The Invisibility Cloak can be used in a Very BAD way. In a way that is, Creepy. You can kill someone without the victim even knowing or seeing you. ~I don't know if this part is still needed, but, I'll still do it~. The Invisibility Cloak was made by DEath, according to the story of The Tale of Beedle the bard. THe Invisibility Cloak was a price for the THird Brother of the Peverrel Brothers. The third Brother didn't trust Death, so he asked for a price that Death could not find him. THe two elder brothers asked for The Elder Wand and The Resurrection Stone. The two elder Brothers died... I dunno why.


and Ron, I knew that.
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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:32 pm

Gala, I'm going to give you 5 points because if you do not know something, you need to research it. Please, Try a tad harder next time.



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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:34 pm

>.< I don't really care if you knew that Gala>_<
I also knew for your story about three brothers.....-.-' geez..

An Invisibility Cloak is a magical garment which renders whatever it covers unseeable. They may be made from hair of Demiguise, a magical creature that possesses the power to become invisible. This property is used to make the wearer of the cloak invisible.The cloak can also be formed from an ordinary travelling cloak, enchanted with an exceptionally strong disillusionment charm or a bedazzling hex.There are ways of making one's self invisible by using magic other than invisibility cloaks. An example is the Disillusionment charm.

The Disillusionment Charm is a spell that is used to hide something. This spell causes the object to become a kind of chameleon, taking on the appearance of whatever is behind it. It is typically used to hide magical creatures or objects from Muggles.When a Disillusionment Charm is cast on a person, the caster raps their wand on the top of the subject's head. Then, it feels as if the caster has broken a raw egg on top of the subject's head. There may or may not be a nonverbal incantation.

A Bedazzling Hex (incantation unknown) is a hex that is similar to a Disillusionment Charm. It makes the person or object it is cast on appear invisible. However, it is not true invisibility, as it only makes the subject exactly the same appearance as what is behind them, similar to a Chameleon blending colours with its surroundings.


HEX is a type of spell that is typically meant to cause a certain degree of pain and discomfort. Hexes are considered by some as a minor kind of Dark Magic (darker than a jinx but not as dark as a curse) , though they can be used in a defensive capacity. Although there is no class that teaches Hexes, one can assume that students learn it from each other.
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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:50 pm

Dude, Ron
You are like a super student
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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:53 am

Of course I am ,xD , you are too.
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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:44 pm

Ah, yes, Ron, the man with the answers.



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PostSubject: Re: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Class One, All years)   Sun Feb 13, 2011 3:43 am

THE INVISIBILITY CLOAK


An Invisibility Cloak is a magical garment which renders whatever it covers unseeable. They may be made from hair of Demiguise, a magical creature that possesses the power to become invisible. This property is used to make the wearer of the cloak invisible. However, as Xenophilius Lovegood tells Harry, Ron, and Hermione, such a cloak will gradually lose its effectiveness as the hair becomes more and more opaque. The cloak can also be formed from an ordinary travelling cloak, enchanted with an exceptionally strong disillusionment charm or a bedazzling hex.
There are ways of making one's self invisible by using magic other than invisibility cloaks. An example is the Disillusionment charm. Dumbledore has remarked to Harry that he didn't need a cloak to become invisible.

The Invisibility Cloak of legend:
The Tale of the Three Brothers, a wizarding legend, speaks of a Cloak of Invisibility which (shortly after Christmas 1997) Xenophilius characterises as one which "endures eternally, giving constant and impenetrable concealment, no matter what spells are cast at it." This cloak of legend is actually the one that James Potter had owned, and was later given to Harry Potter, because the Potters are in fact descendants of the youngest Peverell Brother, Ignotus Peverell.
Ron Weasley was the first to speculate that Harry's cloak is indeed among the famed Deathly Hallows, since it was at least two generations old (James Potter and then Harry), and most invisibility cloaks wear out after that time, or at least lose some effectiveness, yet Harry's was as good as new, which raised suspicion. Invisibility Cloaks often become opaque with age, rip, have the charms placed upon them wear off, or have them countered with charms of revealment.


REMEMBRALL

A Remembrall is a hand-sized ball that glows red when its holder has forgotten something. It then turns clear once whatever was forgotten is remembered
Known Remembralls:
Neville Longbottom received one as a gift from his Gran at the beginning of the 1991–1992 school year. As soon as he held the remembrall in his hand for the first time, it turned red indicating he had forgotten something, the problem was he could never remember what it was that he had forgotten.
It was this object that propelled Harry Potter into his career as the Seeker for the Gryffindor Quidditch team, when Professor McGonagall witnessed Harry expertly chase after it on a broomstick after it was thrown by Draco Malfoy.

There are superstitions surrounding it; it is said that when broken the owner is cursed for all eternity, not unlike the Muggle superstition that one will be unlucky for years if one breaks a mirror. Remembralls are not allowed to be used during exams.


THE MIRROR OF ERISED

"Men have wasted away before it, not knowing if what they have seen is real, or even possible."
—Albus Dumbledore explaining the danger of the mirror to Harry Potter[src]
The Mirror of Erised is a magic mirror, which, according to Albus Dumbledore, shows the "deepest and most desperate desire of our hearts." The happiest person in the whole world would look in the mirror and see a reflection of exactly the way he or she is. Inscribed across the top of the frame is the following text:
Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi
Reversing the inscription and rearranging the spaces produces:
I show not your face but your heart's desire

History:
The Mirror's exact age and origins are unknown, although it is described as "ancient". In 1991, the mirror was kept in an unused classroom and tucked out of sight by Albus Dumbledore, and was discovered by Harry Potter on the night that he used the invisibility cloak for the first time to search the restricted section of the library for information about Nicolas Flamel. In his attempt to stay hidden from Filch he stumbled upon the classroom where the mirror was being stored. Upon looking into the mirror, Harry saw himself surrounded by his dead parents and relatives. He saw several smiling family members. Some had the same green eyes, one had the same knees, one of his grandmothers was nodding and smiling at the same time. On his next midnight visit to the mirror, he brought Ron with him in the hopes to show Ron the Potter family. However, as Ron looked into the mirror, as he has always been overshadowed by his brothers and is always striving to be noticed by others, he saw himself as the Quidditch captain and Head Boy, holding up the Quidditch Cup. When realizing that both of them saw something different (their respective dreams), they concluded that it shows a desire.
Over the next few days, Harry proceeded to visit it as often as he could to see his parents' faces. Dumbledore found Harry visiting the mirror one night, and after explaining to Harry what the mirror was all about, felt that it would be best to move the mirror, as Harry was becoming too attached to it, and requested that Harry not go looking for it. Before heading back to bed, Harry asked Dumbledore what he saw when he looked into the mirror. Dumbledore claimed to see himself holding a pair of thick, woollen socks, telling Harry that "one can never have enough socks."[1] If this had been true, it would suggest that Dumbledore was so content with life that the only things he wished for were small things. However, Dumbledore was joking, the matter being a very personal one. As revealed to Harry in 1998 Dumbledore would have seen his dead relatives (his sister, Ariana Dumbledore; his mother, Kendra Dumbledore; and his father, Percival Dumbledore); as well as his brother Aberforth reconciled to him when he looked in the Mirror of Erised. Dumbledore felt extremely guilty about the deaths of his parents and sister and his estrangement from his brother.[2]


Harry Potter sitting in front of the Mirror of Erised.

In 1992, the Mirror was the final guardian of the Philosopher's Stone in its Chambers. Dumbledore placed an enchantment on the mirror, hiding the stone inside of it and allowing the mirror to transfer the stone to anyone who wanted to find the stone but not to use it. Anybody wishing more than simply finding it would see themselves making gold or the Elixir of Life, or in Professor Quirrell's case presenting the stone to his master.
When Quirrell/Voldemort ordered Harry to look into the mirror, Harry focused on finding the stone, and, uninterested in actually using the stone for his own purposes, saw his reflection pocketing the stone, at which time it magically appeared in his real pocket.[1]

It is unknown what happened to the mirror after the end of the 1991–1992 school year. It may have stayed in the chamber or returned to its classroom... whew.. TADAH!

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Broomstick:
"As every school-age wizard knows, the fact that we fly on broomsticks is probably our worst-kept secret. No Muggle illustration of a witch is complete without a broom and however ludicrous these drawings are (for none of the broomsticks depicted by Muggles would stay up in the air for a moment), they remind us that we were careless for far too many centuries to be surprised that broomsticks and magic are inextricably linked in the Muggle mind."
—Kennilworthy Whisp, from Quidditch Through the Ages
Broomsticks, better known as Brooms, are one of the means employed by wizards and witches to transport themselves between locations. The earliest recorded use of the broomstick was in 962, in a German illustrated manuscript. Only wizards and witches appear to use broomsticks in the Wizarding world. House-elves, for example, use Apparition. Broomsticks appear to have a bit of personality of their own, as they are able to respond to the simplest of commands, such as "up!".

History:
Early Days:
Since no spell devised by wizards enable them to fly (with the exception of Lord Voldemort in 1997, and his servant Severus Snape a year later), they had to come up with some other way to fly. Animagi who transformed into winged creatures enjoyed the sensation, but they were rare.
Long before the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy came into force, wizards were savvy enough to realise that Muggle neighbours would seek to exploit their abilities. Therefore, if they were to keep a method of flight in their homes, it would have to be unobtrusive and easy to hide. The broomstick was ideal - portable, cheap, and it required no explanation. However, the first broomsticks were uncomfortable.


The first brooms:
Records show that witches and wizards in Europe were using brooms as early as A.D. 963. A German manuscript of this period shows three warlocks dismounting from their brooms with looks of exquisite discomfort on their faces.The first brooms bewitched were neither comfortable nor aerodynamic, and in 1107 Scottish wizard Guthrie Lochrin wrote of the "splinter-filled [Censored] and bulging piles" after a short ride from Montrose to Arbroath. The charms on the broom were also basic; they would move at one speed, and only go up, down, and stop. Wizard families generally constructed their own brooms, so there was a variation in speed and comfort depending on the skill of the builder. By the twelfth century, wizards began to barter services, and a skilled broommaker could trade his services for the potions of a neighbour[1].
The racing broom and mass productionEdit

The handle of the Nimbus 2000

Until the nineteenth century, broomsticks were of varying quality, although the invention of the Cushioning Charm in 1820 by Elliot Smethwyck greatly enhanced the quality and comfort of the rides. However, they were still handmade by single wizards, and they were generally incapable of achieving high speeds and were difficult to control at high altitudes. They were also designed with styling and craftsmanship in mind, and not performance. Brooms such as the Oakshaft 79, the Moontrimmer, and the Silver Arrow all made an impact on the broom market, but were still made by single wizards and witches.
In 1926, the brothers Bob, Bill and Barnaby Ollerton formed the Cleansweep Broom Company, and the racing broom was born. Their first model, the Cleansweep One, was produced in large quantities and was an instant hit. Three years later, in 1929, Randolph Keitch and Basil Horton formed the Comet Trading Company and released the Comet 140 with a new Braking Charm. For several years, the Cleansweep-Comet rivalry dominated the field, until the creation of the Nimbus Racing Broom Company in 1967. The Nimbus brooms combined reliability and easy handling, and became a favourite for Quidditch teams across Europe[1].

Universal Brooms Ltd was a broomstick manufacturing company which was very popular in the past, but shut down some time back due to heavy losses.

Present-day broomsEdit

Nimbus 2000, a broomstick gift to Harry by Prof. McGonagall.

At present, nearly every wizarding household in Britain owns at least one broomstick[1]. Dedicated riders keep their brooms in top condition with a Broomstick Servicing Kit. Large groups of wizards and witches may travel by broomstick without being seen by Muggles through the use of a Disillusionment Charm. An earth-bound Muggle might then only see a slight shimmer in the night sky as broomstick riders pass overhead, which might be put down to blurred vision, sleepiness or a trick of the light[3].
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