Posted by Cedric Diggory | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 10-12-2013
Quidditch unlike the muggle invented sports of hockey, baseball, or football, quidditch is a wizarding sport. Would it make sense to use performance enhancing drugs? They certainly wouldn’t help you fly, because that comes with the stick. Some people would be worried that quidditch players would read sites like Synthetic Urine Reviews and cheat on their drug tests using those methods.
Let’s look at each position:
What about a seeker? We all know the snitch has a mind of it’s own. However, they could help you stay more alert during the hunt for the snitch. PEDs can help reduce fatigue, so a teams keeper can have an advantage, however, it seems unlikely that PEDs would alter the outcome of matches. During the World Cup that took place during the Goblet of Fire, matches lasted for days and players had to be replaced so they could sleep (despite the rule against substation) and the longest recorded quidditch match was three months long.
Could a beater benefit from PEDs? Possibly. Beaters do need to have good upper arm strength, because their sole purpose is to beat the bludger the entire match. It could also help beaters stay aware, however, like stated above if games lasted too long, it would serve no benefit in that respect.
Along with the beater, keepers may benefit from PEDs, but only for the reason of staying built. Keepers in quidditch wear proctive gear much like a hockey goalie: Helmet, chest protector, knee pads, and the equipment adds a lot of weight to the keeper. PEDs could enhance the body and take a load off of the keeper so he isn’t brought down by the gear and can keep focused on guarding the goals.
Chasers would most likely benefit the least from PEDs. The skill of the chaser comes down to being an agile and swift flyer, which comes from the broom itself, not the flyer. The only time a chaser could have benefited from PEDs was the time that Slytherin chaser Marcus Flint used a bat to strike Oliver Wood in the head, although the increased strength from the drugs may have actually killed Wood.
The debate comes down to a simple answer. Although quidditch is extremely popular, the level of athleticism that is employed in quidditch comes naturally. Even if performance enhancing drugs were used in the sport, they would not effect the outcomes of games too drastically.