One of the team

Professor McGonagall unexpectedly makes Harry a Seeker

Extract from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

By J.K. Rowling

‘In here.’

Professor McGonagall pointed them into a classroom which was empty except for Peeves, who was busy writing rude words on the blackboard.

‘Out, Peeves!’ she barked. Peeves threw the chalk into a bin, which clanged loudly, and he swooped out cursing. Professor McGonagall slammed the door behind him and turned to face the two boys.

‘Potter, this is Oliver Wood. Wood – I’ve found you a Seeker.’ Wood’s expression changed from puzzlement to delight.

‘Are you serious, Professor?’

‘Absolutely,’ said Professor McGonagall crisply. ‘The boy’s a natural. I’ve never seen anything like it. Was that your first time on a broomstick, Potter?’

Harry nodded silently. He didn’t have a clue what was going on, but he didn’t seem to be being expelled, and some of the feeling started coming back to his legs.

‘He caught that thing in his hand after a fifty-foot dive,’ Professor McGonagall told Wood. ‘Didn’t even scratch himself. Charlie Weasley couldn’t have done it.’

Wood was now looking as though all his dreams had come true at once.

‘Ever seen a game of Quidditch, Potter?’ he asked excitedly.

‘Wood’s captain of the Gryffindor team,’ Professor McGonagall explained.

‘He’s just the build for a Seeker, too,’ said Wood, now walking around Harry and staring at him. ‘Light, speedy, we’ll have to get him a decent broom, Professor a Nimbus Two Thousand or a Cleansweep Seven, I’d say.’

‘I shall speak to Professor Dumbledore and see if we can’t bend the first-year rule. Heaven knows, we need a better team than last year. Flattened in that last match by Slytherin, I couldn’t look Severus Snape in the face for weeks ...’

Professor McGonagall peered sternly over her glasses at Harry.

‘I want to hear you’re training hard, Potter, or I may change my mind about punishing you.’

Then she suddenly smiled.

‘Your father would have been proud,’ she said. ‘He was an excellent Quidditch player himself.’


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

By J.K. Rowling