Summary: Life at Hogwarts is all but cheerful under the Carrows' reign. One of the changes that hurts the students worst, some even worse than torture, is the ban on Quidditch. Dumbledore's Army wouldn't be themselves, though, if they didn't find a way to bring some life back to the castle, even if it only lasts a couple of hours. But can even the best of matches wipe away mistrust and resentment?
This story was written by the Incaff Military Athletic Division for the 2011 Quidditch World Cup on the Beta Boards. It won, too! Our alternate was hestiajones.
Many thanks to the referees, who set this wonderfully inspiring prompt that gave us weeks of drabbling-frenzied fun. The prompt for this match was:
"One Last Match: When Harry was on his extended camping trip, I don’t think his thoughts extended much to Quidditch, but for those at Hogwarts it did. Under the new regime, however, the sport was banned. For the pupils at Hogwarts, this became a focal point of rebellion. They decide to play one last match, an inter-house match, in the spirit of Dumbledore’s Army. The two teams will not be from one house but a mixture."
Its Oliver Wood’s last year at Hogwarts, and it’s his last chance at earning the Quidditch Cup. Just before the final big game, a big secret comes out, and it leaves most of the team confused or angry. Will the Gryffindors be able to pull it together? Or will the secret ruin Wood’s final match at Hogwarts? This is our take on what happened during Oliver Wood's final Quidditch match at Hogwarts.
This was the winning entry, written by The Holyhead Harpies, in the July/August Inter-House Quidditch Match of 2010 on the Mugglenet Beta Boards.
The Holyhead Harpies: Captain: Radcliffefan07 (Gryff!Ash) Co-Captain: harry4lif (Alyssa) Teammate: muggle girl marauder (Lea) Teammate: minnabird (Minna) Alternate: botheringsnape (Slyth!Ash)
Summary: Oliver Wood is retiring from Quidditch to start a new chapter in his life. Can he win his last match as Keeper for Puddlemere United? And more importantly, can he realise the true worth of a player?