Article by Donte Fletcher
It’s been a while since the last match summary, such a long while in fact that we’ve had two matches since, two matches that were so high octane, I’ve only just managed to calm down long enough to write.
First up, we resumed the season on the 23rd of February with Slytherin facing Ravenclaw, and what a game it was. Still sour from last year’s defeat against Ravenclaw, Slytherin were determined to avenge their 2024/25 team, and they surely did in this match. I’ve been strictly forbidden to show any bias in this article, but really, it’s hard to deny that Ravenclaw got severely outplayed here.
Newly appointed Ravenclaw Captain Casey Champion managed to keep the quaffle out of Slytherin hands for some of the time, but the three Slytherin chasers still managed to sink 60 points, 2 goals each, before Marlee Hart caught the snitch in record time (I’m pretty certain that’s the fastest catch this season, if not ever), securing Slytherin a 210-0 win. Very damaging to Ravenclaw’s chances finishing this season above fourth, but more on that later.
After that match, we saw Gryffindor and Hufflepuff face off on the 9th of March and this match was far tighter than any other this season. Both teams had to battle against the elements, with some saying the extreme weather made it appear as if there were more than one quaffle and half a dozen bludgers. Hufflepuff managed to pull through however and took an early lead and held it for some time. Sexton, despite a surprise change from beater to chaser, led the Hufflepuff side, scoring 60 points herself, with Samuel Ryder just behind her on 50 and Talula Shippe on 30 – phenomenal work considering they were both second years facing off against a much older team.
Osiris and Gloyne managed to net 30 points between them toward the end for Gryffindor, and beater Charlie Merle managed to bludger Hufflepuff players 30 times, just two times shy of beating Valeria Espinoza’s record, though it was really Turkay Odzemir that saved the day for the Lions by catching the snitch and finishing the game at 180-140 to Gryffindor – “by the skin of their arses” as one spectator so eloquently put it.
So what do these two matches mean for the cup table? With such a strong victory against Ravenclaw, Slytherin not only strengthened their position in first place, they also sunk Ravenclaw deep into fourth place, meaning the best they can finish at the end of the season is third place, so long as they’re able to beat Hufflepuff.
Similarly, Gryffindor have cut off Hufflepuff’s chances of finishing anywhere above third place, so they’ll be looking to either win or draw their match against Ravenclaw to hold onto the bronze.
This means that the very last match of the season, Gryffindor versus Slytherin, a battle between life-long rivals, will be the match that decides who wins the cup. Gryffindor will be going into the match at a disadvantage, given their points difference is significantly lower than Slytherin’s, meaning they will have to win if they want to take home the Quidditch Cup, while Slytherin only have to play for the draw.
I personally cannot sleep from the crippling anticipation I’m feeling for the last two matches of this season. I imagine you all feel the same.