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Broomsticks are brooms that have been magically enhanced with the ability to fly. They are a commonly used type of magical transport. There are several different broom makers and broom making companies. Along with the wide variety in brands, there is also a wide variety in types of brooms, including racing brooms, sport brooms, endurance brooms, and high-climbing brooms. Brooms are also commonly used in sport, the most popular being quidditch. Which Broomstick is a magical publication that is used for the selling, advertising, and discussing of broomsticks.

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[edit] Broom Makes

[edit] Cleansweep Series

Cleansweeps are a series of broom that is produced by the Cleansweep Broom Company.

The Cleansweep One was the first broom produced by the Cleansweep Broom company. It started being manufactured in 1926, and, within a year, it had conquered the racing-broom market. It was designed as a sport broom and took corners better then any broom at the time.

The Cleansweep Two is a broom that was made to improve the Cleansweep One. It began production in 1934.

The Cleansweep Three was a broom to improve on the Cleansweep Two and was released in 1937.

There is not much known about the Cleansweep Five, though the Weasley Twins are known owners of this model.

There is not much known about the Cleansweep Six, though The Quibbler published an article about a wizard who allegedly flew to the moon on the back of a Cleansweep Six and returned with a bag of moon frogs.

Not much known about this broom. The Cleansweep Seven was suggested as a viable broom for Harry Potter when he was still looking for a quidditch broom for his first game.

The Cleansweep Eleven was released in 1995. It can go from zero to seventy in ten seconds and is made with a special Spanish oak handle. Ron Weasley is a notable owner of this broom.

[edit] Comet Series

Comet brooms are a series of broomsticks that are produced by the Comet Trading Company.


The Comet 140 is the first broom of the comet series. It was named the comet 140 because the Comet Trading Company 140 models during the production of this broom. This model was made in 1929, and it was the first broom to incorporate the Horton-Keitch braking charm.

The Comet 180 was released in 1938.

The Comet 220 is the third broom in the comet series, which was mentioned in an advertisement in the Daily Prophet for Splinter and Kreek's, a second-hand broomstick shop.

The Comet 260 is the fourth in the comet series. Notable owners of the broom are Nymphadora Tonks, Cho Chang and Draco Malfoy before he began playing quidditch at Hogwarts.

The Comet 290 is the latest broom in the comet series. It was advertised in Which Broomstick, claiming it could accelerate from zero to sixty with a descent tail win.

[edit] Firebolt

The Firebolt is the latest, most advanced broomstick. It's made with a streamline, fine ash handle that has been treated with a diamond-hard polish with an individual hand-painted serial number. The tail twigs are individually selected for aerodyamic perfection, allowing for unsurpassed balance, smooth action, and pinpoint precision. The Firebolt can accelerate from zero to 150 in ten seconds and has an unbreakable Braking charm. The Irish Team used the Firebolt during the Quidditch World Cup and Harry Potter is also a notable user of the Firebolt.

[edit] Nimbus Series

The Nimbus brooms are broomsticks produced by the Nimbus Racing Broom Company.

The Nimbus 1000 was the first broom released by the Nimbus Racing Broom Company. It was first produced 1967 and during its day it was revolutionary. This broom was the first to reach 100 miles/hour and is notable for it's ability to do a 360 degree turn around a fixed, in mid-air.

Nimbus 1001, Nimbus 1500 and the Nimbus 1700 are the three brooms that succeeded the Nimbus 1000 that kept Nimbus at the top of the racing broom rankings.

There is not much known about the Nimbus 2000 but a notable former owner is Harry Potter, before his broom was shredded by the Whomping Willow.

There isn't much known about the Nimbus 2001 except that Lucius Malfoy bought one for every member of the Slytherin Quidditch team so they would make his son, Draco Malfoy, seeker.

[edit] Other Models

[edit] Bluebottle

The Bluebottle is a broomstick with an anti-burglar buzzer.

[edit] Moontrimmer

The Moontrimmer is an broom with a slender ash handle. It was created by Gladys Boothby in 1901. The moontrimmer was famous for being able to reach record-breaking heights, though the flyer often lost control at such altitudes. Though a high flying broom, it is not a fast broom, only reaching a maximum of 70.

[edit] Oakshaft 79

The Oakshaft 79 was built by Elias Grimstone in 1879. It is a large, heavy oak broom that was built for endurance flying. It reached notoriety when Jocunda Sykes used it when she became the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1935.

[edit] Shooting Star

The Shooting Star was a broom released in 1955 by Universal Broomstick Ltd., a company which went bankrupt in 1978. The Shooting Star is known for being one of the cheapest brooms on the market. The broom is known for its inability to accelerate and flying to an useful height. Hogwarts is known to have several Shooting Stars as their school brooms (brooms which are known to have issues like drifting ever leftward).

[edit] Silver Arrow

The Silver Arrow was created to reach a higher speed than the brooms of its day (Oakshaft 79 and the Moontrimmer). It could reach a speed of 70 miles/hour with a descent tailwind. Like the Firebolt, it has an ash handle.

[edit] Swiftstick

The Swiftstick was a broom created by Ellerby and Spudmore in 1952. It had a lacklustre ascending speed and was therefore never used in quidditch.

[edit] Tinderblast

The Tinderblast is another broom created by Ellerby and Spudmore in 1940 (before the Swiftstick). It was also never used in quidditch as it was slower than the Cleansweeps and Comets of its day.

[edit] Twigger 90

The Twigger 90 was created in 1990 by Flyte and Barker. The broom was purely a showy broom. The Twigger 90 had the habit of warping at high speeds and therefore wasn't used in quidditch.

[edit] Fambus Station Wagon

The Fambus Station Wagon is a Broomstick not intended for use in games like Quidditch, but is actually meant to be used as transport, like many brooms can be, for an entire family of six. It was produced by the Nimbus Racing Broom Company and was seen in 1996, in an advertisement in the Daily Prophet.

[edit] Broom Sports

[edit] Aingingein

Aingingein is a broom sport that is highly popular in Ireland. The ball in Aingingein is called the 'Dom' and is actually just the gallbladder of a goat. One by one the players take the Dom and fly through a series of burning barrels on stilts. At the end of the course the player throws the Dom through the last barrel. The winner is the person who manages to complete the course in the fastest time without lighting themselves on fire.

The famous wizard, Fingal the Fearless, was allegedly a renowned Aingingein player.

[edit] Annual Broom Race

The Annual broom Race is a Swedish broom race dating back to the tenth century. It was originally limited to only Swedish wizards and witches, but now, in modern times, it's a popular international event. Racers fly over 300 miles, from Kopparberg to Arjeplog. Along with the long distance, the racers also have to deal with the dragons on the reservation that the race flies straight through. Because of the dragon reservation, the race's trophy is a silver Swedish Snort-Snout.

[edit] Creaothceann

Creaothceann is broom sport that was invented in Scotland. It was highly popular during the Middle Ages because it was considered by Scottish wizards as the highest demonstration of manliness and courage. In Creaothceann, 25 wizards strap a cauldron to their heads and then mount their brooms. Upon the horn (sometimes drum beat), the players zoom into the air while the previously hovering rocks and boulders are once again taken by gravity. The winner of the match is the wizard who manages to catch the most rocks in his cauldron.

The Ministry of Magic delegalized the sport in 1792. In the 1960s Magnus 'Dent-Head' Macdonald led a campaign to legalize it again, but the Ministry of Magic, rightly, refused to.

[edit] Quidditch

[edit] Quodpot

Quodpot is a variant of Quidditch invented in America. Abraham Peasegood invented the game in the eighteenth century when he immigrated to America. He brought a Quaffle with him, which touched the tip of his wand during his journey, causing it to become explosive. Amused when the ball blew up in his face, Abraham invented the sport. The Quod, a modified exploding Quaffle, is the centre of the sport. Each team has 11 players who pass the Quod to each other, trying to get the ball in the Pot (a cauldron full of an anti-exploding solution) before the Quod explodes in his face. When the ball does explode in the hands of a player, that player must immediatly leave the pitch. Each time the Quod is thrown into the pot the team earns 1 point and a new Quod is brought onto the field.

Highly popular in America, Quodpot is only mildly successful in Europe as a secondary sport.

[edit] Shuntbumps

Shuntbumps is a broom sport that was invented in Devon. The game is basically jousting on brooms. The aim is to knock as many players off their brooms as possible. The last wizard or witch flying is considered the winner. Shuntbumps is still played in England but only by children.

[edit] Stichstock

Stichstock is a broom sport that was originally invented in Germany. In Stichstock an inflated dragon bladder is placed on the top of a twenty foot pole. A player, the Bladder-Guardian, is tied to the pole with a rope around his/her waist keeping him/her within a 10 foot radius of the bladder. Opponents individually take turns at diving towards the bladder. Each player sharpens the end of their broomsticks to use as the puncturing device on the bladder. The Bladder-Guardian is armed with their wand and uses hexes on opponents to defend the bladder. The game ends when the bladder is punctured or when all the opponents have been hex into submission or when the Bladder-Guardian passes out from exhaustion.

Stichstock was famously depicted in the German painting G√ľnther der Gewaltig ist der Gewinner ('Guther the Violent is the Winner'), which was painted back in 1105. Unfortunately, Stichstock died out in the fourteenth century and is no longer played anywhere.

[edit] Swivenhodge

Swivenhodge is a sport invented in Herefordshire where the players sit backwards on broomsticks. The game persists of the players using the twiggy, bushy end of the broom to pass an inflated pig bladder back and forth over a hedge. When one player missed the bladder and let it hit the ground, their opponent earn a point. The first person to have 50 points was named the winner. Though still played, and popular, in England it's not a widespread sport.