Footballs were made from pig bladder. Just consider that for a second. People in the medieval world butchered a pig, put the bladder to one side, and said to themselves “let’s stitch that up and fill it with air, I have a feeling we can have some fun with that later”.
It certainly puts the Snitch into perspective. Wizards had to invent a new enchanted ball because they were killing off too many of the tiny birds they were using in their flying broomstick game. It’s still really weird when you lay it out like that, but it shows you wizards and muggles are just as weird as one another.
Regardless, here’s a tiny Harry Potter-verse bird for your Dungeons & Dragons.
Had a bit of fun figuring out the speed of this creature. Most monsters in D&D max out 120 feet in a turn. That works out at about 20 kph (13 mph). All creatures can double that by dashing, and by giving the snidget a bonus action dash, this little bird can really move.
And 60kph isn’t actually that ridiculous for a little bird because actual, real life hummingbirds can hit that speed under test conditions.
60 kph also falls well below the speeds of the best brooms in the Potterverse. Of course, catching up with a snitch/snidget isn’t the hardest part. Spotting them and actually grabbing them are the main issues. With these stats, you characters are going to find that it requires serious skill to snatch the sneaky snidget.
And what’s more, if you’re planning on running a game of Quidditch in your D&D game, you could use these stats for your snitch. Minus the intelligence, wisdom and charisma scores of course.
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