Article by Donte Fletcher
The Hogwarts Quidditch Cup is again underway and to kick the 25/26 season off, Gryffindor and Ravenclaw faced each other, a departure from previous seasons which often saw Gryffindor face Slytherin first.
With the new points system for the Cup table introduced, both teams were desperate for a strong early lead, creating a hugely competitive atmosphere, something we don’t usually see until the last couple of matches of the season. We saw a fair bit of bludgering going on, with Merle and Lukas of the Gryffindor side hitting their targets quite a bit more than Novelli and Fawcett, and we saw hardly any passes at all, with only three successful passes being made, all by Ravenclaw’s Champion and Nakamura, likely a side effect of the slippery quaffle we saw during the match. Nakamura’s was the only assist, too, setting up one of Valor’s eleven shots, seven of which were successful – I suppose in a way, Valor passed to the rings instead of her teammates.
For most of the game, it really looked as if Ravenclaw had it in the bag – and would have, had it not been for Featherstone’s strong keeping, stopping Ravenclaw from scoring an extra 120 points, and Odzemir, who managed to catch the snitch and win Gryffindor the match in just fifty-two minutes.
So, what is this new points system and where does that leave Gryffindor and Ravenclaw after this match? Let’s have a look at the Cup table:
This season, instead of all scored points and points for winning being tallied together, teams now score three match points per win, one match point per draw, and no match points per loss. This means Gryffindor is on 3 match points while the other teams are on 0 (Ravenclaw are on 0 because they lost, Hufflepuff and Slytherin are on 0 because they haven’t played a match yet).
Points scored during a match are recorded separately. P/F, or ‘Points For’, are the points a team have scored in all their matches, while P/A, or ‘Points Against’, are the points other teams have scored against a team in all their matches. So for instance, Gryffindor scored 170 points, their P/F, while Ravenclaw scored 80 against them, their P/A (Ravenclaw’s is of course the reverse of that). P/D, or ‘Points Difference’ is a team’s P/F minus their P/A, hence why Gryffindor’s P/D is 90 and Ravenclaw’s is -90.
W, D and L, I imagine are pretty obvious – those are a team’s wins, losses and draws.
Now I know what you’re thinking, if points scored during a match don’t go towards a team’s overall points in the Cup table, what’s the point of them? Well, they’re mostly there for tie-breaks, so teams will want the best P/D possible in case they win the same amount of games as another team. For example, say Gryffindor and Slytherin both won two games each this season, we’d look at their P/D and see which team was the best during matches. So scoring and defending is still very important, but now teams will want better than ever to work together so they can win as many games as they can.
You’re probably also wondering why, if P/D is there for tie-breaks, then why isn’t Ravenclaw below Hufflepuff and Slytherin, because their P/Ds are technically better than Ravenclaw’s right now. Well, that’s very simple – Hufflepuff and Slytherin haven’t played yet, so they can’t be better. If you want to get technical, Ravenclaw and Gryffindor “have a game in-hand”, meaning they’ve played more than other teams.
I hope that clears up some confusion and I hope you’re all as excited as I am for the next match, which will see Hufflepuff and Slytherin compete this coming Saturday. I daresay we’ll see some drastic changes to the Cup table!