Oliver Wood makes a speech

Gryffindor captain Oliver Wood gives a rousing (albeit familiar) speech to the team

Extract from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

By J.K. Rowling

Meanwhile, in the changing rooms, Harry and the rest of the team were changing into their scarlet Quidditch robes (Slytherin would be playing in green).

Wood cleared his throat for silence.

‘OK, men,’ he said.

‘And women,’ said Chaser Angelina Johnson.

‘And women,’ Wood agreed. ‘This is it.’

‘The big one,’ said Fred Weasley.

‘The one we’ve all been waiting for,’ said George.

‘We know Oliver’s speech by heart,’ Fred told Harry. ‘We were in the team last year.’

‘Shut up, you two,’ said Wood. ‘This is the best team Gryffindor’s had in years. We’re going to win. I know it.’

He glared at them all as if to say, ‘Or else.’

‘Right. It’s time. Good luck, all of you.’

Harry followed Fred and George out of the changing room and,hoping his knees weren’t going to give way, walked on to the pitch to loud cheers.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

By J.K. Rowling