Now on to the fun stuff. I was recently thinking about the Wizarding world and how J.K. didn’t actually come up with it. There were many before her that created the idea that witches rode brooms as a means of transportation and that a wand is necessary to perform magic; how else is the rabbit supposed to appear in the top hat? She did, however, manipulate the world that was created before her. The idea that each wand is different and that it chooses the wizard/witch, or the fact that wands are infused with something (dragon heartstring, etc.) that makes them magical. And then there is the broom. Unless I missed something, I had never heard of a wizard riding a broom before. I was always under the impression that only witches rode brooms. On top of that, using a broom for sport? No way.
Going along the idea of having a different wand core, J.K. also created different brooms. You have the Shooting Star, Nimbus 2000, Nimbus 2001, Cleansweep 6, Comet 260 and then the obvious: Firebolt. Now what most people do not know is that there are many other kinds of brooms that are either never mentioned, or are only mentioned once, such as: Bluebottle, Moontrimmer, Silver Arrow, and Oakshaft 79.
Most of the above information can be found in Quidditch Through the Ages.
When it comes to the specs of each broom, there are many things to consider: weight, aerodynamics, length, speed, etc. J.K. gave each of these brooms a different set of specs. This may seem completely unnecessary and irrelevant, but it is extremely interesting. If anything, you can use this information as a sort of trivia for your friends. I would ask you what broom you would choose, but everyone would choose the Firebolt so it isn’t worth asking.
I will be starting Chapter by Chapter within the next few days, so look out for that.
Thanks again and feel free to send any discussion suggestions my way.