The Quidditch Pitch

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Name: The Quidditch Pitch
Date(s): October 31, 2005-present (fiction archived via Open Doors at AO3)
Archivist: Annie, Auntee Mame, Deena, Kele, Madam Minnie (past mods: Dream wia Dream, Rondastarr, Griffindorstudent)
Founder: Annie, Simon's Flower, Madam Minnie
Type: fanart, fanfiction, forums, meta, podcasts (series recorded by archivists)
Fandom: Harry Potter
URL: front page (offline); Wayback link (around 2008)
captains_pitch at LiveJournal (updates/announcements)
TQP AO3 Collection
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The Quidditch Pitch was an archive for Harry Potter fanart, fanfiction, and forums-based discussions.

It was created October 31, 2005. [1]

In October 2016, it was announced that TQP FICTION would be moving to the Archive of Our Own as an Open Doors Project.[2] The import was completed in May 2017.

Content on the site other than fiction can only be reached by the Wayback Machine or with archived links.


"The Quidditch Pitch was conceived as an all-pairing, all-pairing Harry Potter fanfiction site. We launched on October 31, 2005 with about 30 authors and 40 members. The site has grown tremendously in the two years since launch. We've added additional sites, many members and nearly 300 authors since then. The Captains are dedicated to bringing together a community of Harry Potter fans through fiction, contests, podcasts, art galleries and discussions about the world of J.K. Rowling."[1]

The Quidditch Pitch Interview Series

The site conducted fifty-five fan interviews between 2005 and 2008. Seven fans were interviewed twice.

See Quidditch Pitch Interview Series.



FAQs and Guidelines/TOS

Work Categorisation

Works uploaded to the the Quidditch Pitch could be categorised (and searched) using the following ratings, categories, characters, genres and warnings:

  • Ratings: FG - Family Guidance, FG13 - Family Guidance13, GP - General Public, MT - Mature Themes, RT - Restricted Themes
  • Categories and subcategories:
    • Bad Moon Rising -Tales of the Marauders, the Order and their lives both before and after the first War.
      • The Founders - It began here
      • School Days - The Hogwarts years of the older crowd
      • War and Peace - The Order in peace and at War
      • Drabbles - Stories under 500 words.
    • Remains of the Day - Post- Hogwarts. What happens after school?
      • Leaving Feast - Stories of action and adventure and friendship. Post Harry's Hogwart Days.
      • Eternity - Romance and heartbreak are all a part of the post-Hogwarts world.
      • Three of Hearts - The Trio finds love and romance with each other post-Hogwarts.
      • Drabbles - Stories under 500 words.
    • The Broomshed - The erotic world of witches and wizards.
      • The Changing Room - Boys will be boys behind closed doors.
      • Dark Side - Death Eaters and dark love. Stories for the not-so-squeamish.
      • Erotic Couplings - Pleasures of the mind, body, and soul. Stories of a heterosexual nature.
      • Ménage a Trio - The Trio has always been stronger together. Stories of Harry/Ron/Hermione in a sexual relationship.
      • The Ladies Room -Soft curves, hips, and breasts.... Ladies only.
      • Self Pleasure - Stories of pleasure that only one can give. When you just can't resist touching yourself.
      • More Than Two - Sometimes it takes more than two to find your pleasure point.
      • Drabbles- Stories under 500 words.
      • The Dungeon - Tales of bondage and submission, spankings and domination.
    • Non-Fiction - The academic side of Hogwarts.
      • Essays - Essays and academic information.
      • Character - Character profiles.
    • Hallowed Halls - Harry's Hogwarts years. Tales from both inside and outside the castle.
      • From Diagon Alley to Hogwarts - Stories of adventure and action inside and outside Hogwarts' safe walls.
      • Vacant Rooms - Romance blossoms, both inside and outside Hogwarts.
      • Golden Trio - The Trio discovers that there's more than just friendship between them.
      • Drabbles - Stories under 500 words.
    • Dark Tales -Tales of Death Eaters and Darkness.
      • Darkness Falls - Bow down before the one you serve. Tales of Death Eaters and their prey.
      • Slytherin Common Room - The Darker side of Hogwarts. Purebloods come together.
      • Going Under -Tales of the good gone bad. Corruption and manipulation at its best.
      • Drabbles -Stories under 500 words.
    • Crossovers -When worlds collide.
      • Television - Your favorite television characters meet Harry Potter.
      • Movies - Harry Potter meets movie characters.
      • Literature - Harry Potter joins your literary favorites.
  • Characters: Aberforth Dumbledore, Abraxas Malfoy, Adrian Pucey, Alastor Moody, Albus Dumbledore, Albus Severus Potter, Alecto Carrow, Alice Longbottom, Alicia Spinnet, Amelia Bones, Amos Diggory, Amycus Carrow, Andromeda Tonks, Angelina Johnson, Anthony Goldstein, Antioch Peverell, Antonin Dolohov, Apolline Delacour, Arabella Figg, Argus Filch, Ariana Dumbledore, Arthur Weasley, Augusta Longbottom, Augustus Rookwood, Avery, Barty Crouch Jr, Barty Crouch Sr, Bathilda Bagshot, Bellatrix Lestrange, Bill Weasley, Blaise Zabini, Cadmus Peverell, Cedric Diggory, Charlie Weasley, Cho Chang, Colin Creevey, Cormac McLaggen, Cornelius Fudge, Crabbe Sr, Damocles, Daphne Greengrass, Dean Thomas, Dedalus Diggle, Demelza Robins, Dennis Creevey, Dolores Umbridge, Draco Malfoy, Dudley Dursley, Eileen Prince, Eloise Midgen, Emmeline Vance, Ernie Macmillan, Euan Abercrombie, Evan Rosier, Fabian Prewett, Fenrir Greyback, Filius Flitwick, Firenze, Fleur Delacour, Flying Motorbike, Ford Anglia, Frank Longbottom, Fred Weasley, Gabrielle Delacour, Gellert Grindelwald, George Weasley, Gibbon, Gideon Prewett, Gilderoy Lockhart, Ginny Weasley, Godric Gryffindor, Goyle Sr, Grawp, Gregory Goyle, Hannah Abbott, Harry Potter, Helga Hufflepuff, Hermione Granger, Hestia Jones, Horace Slughorn, Hugo Weasley, Ignotus Peverell, Igor Karkaroff, Irma Pince, James (younger) Potter, James Potter, Jugson, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Katie Bell, Kendra Dumbledore, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Lavender Brown, Lee Jordan, Lily Evans Potter, Lily Potter, Lisa Turpin, Lucius Malfoy, Ludo Bagman, Luna Lovegood, Madam Pomfrey, Madam Rosmerta, Mafalda Hopkirk, Mandy Brocklehurst, Marcus Belby, Marcus Flint, Marge Dursley, Marietta Edgecombe, Marvolo Gaunt, Merope Gaunt, Michael Corner, Miles Bletchley, Millicent Bulstrode, Minerva McGonagall, Moaning Myrtle, Molly Weasley, Monsieur Delacour, Montague, Morphin Gaunt, Mulciber, Mundungus Fletcher, Narcissa Malfoy, Natalie McDonald, Neville Longbottom, Nott Sr, Nymphadora Tonks, OFC, Olivander, Oliver Wood, Olympe Maxime, OMC, Padma Patil, Pansy Parkinson, Parvati Patil, Peeves, Penelope Clearwater, Percival Dumbledore, Percy Weasley, Peter Pettigrew, Petunia Dursley, Pomona Sprout, Professor Sinistra, Professor Vector, Quirinus Quirrell, Rabastan Lestrange, Regulus Black, Remus Lupin, Rita Skeeter, Rodolphus Lestrange, Roger Davies, Rolanda Hooch, Romilda Vane, Ron Weasley, Rose Weasley, Rosier Sr, Rowena Ravenclaw, Rubeus Hagrid, Rufus Scrimgeour, Salazar Slytherin, Sally-Anne Perks, Scorpius Malfoy, Seamus Finnigan, Septimus Weasley, Severus Snape, Sibyll Trelawney, Sirius Black, Stan Shunpike, Stewart Ackerley, Susan Bones, Ted Tonks, Terrence Higgs, Terry Boot, Theodore [sic] Lupin, Theodore Nott, Tobias Snape, Tom Riddle, Tom Riddle Sr, Travers, Various, Verity, Vernon Dursley, Victoire Weasley, Viktor Krum, Vincent Crabbe, Voldemort, Walburga Black, Walden Macnair, Warrington, Wilkes, Xenophilius Lovegood, Yaxley, Zacharias Smith
  • Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Comedy, Crossovers, Darkfic, Drabble, Drama, Erotica, Ficlet, Fluff, General, Horror, Mystery, Non-Fiction: Character Bios, Non-Fiction: Essays, Poetry, PWP, Romance, Tragedy, Trio
  • Warnings: Alternate Universe, Angst, BDSM, Beastiality, Bloodplay, Bondage, Breathplay, Canon, chan, Character Death, Contains Spoiler for DH, Contains Spoiler for HBP, Crossdressing, D/S, Drug Usage, Dub-Con, Exhibitionism, Fanon, FemSlash, Gen, Graphic Violence, Het, Hurt/Comfort, Incest, Love/Hate, Major Fluff, Masturbation, Minor Character Death, Minor Fluff, Movie Canon, M-Preg, Necrophillia, Non-Con, OC, Orgy, Public Sex, Rape, Rimming, RST, Scat, Slash, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Suicide, Threesome, Twincest, Underage, Vampirism, Violence, Voyeurism, Watersports, Weasleycest

Genres were defined on the Story Genres page[3]

  • Action/Adventure Fic which is driven by an action-based plot and/or an adventure-based plot.
  • Angst A fic with a lot of introspection, moodiness, and oftentimes severe character whinging.
  • Comedy Humor-based fic, or fic that contains humorous elements as part of the plot.
  • Crossovers Fic that combines the Harry Potter universe with another fandom.
  • Darkfic Fic with dark themes, such as rape, torture, abuse or similar things.
  • Drabble Short fic ranging from 100 to 500 words, generally.
  • Drama Fic that, generally, is turbulent or highly emotional.
  • Erotica Generally an adult fic in which there are characters having sexual relations, either explicitly or implicitly described.
  • Ficlet Short fic ranging from 500 to 1000 words, generally.
  • Fluff Generally accepted to mean a fic in which little to no bad things happen to the characters, especially fics in which excessively sweet things happen.
  • General Not relationship-centric. Usually refers to a fic in which relationships are very much "off-page" and not a central plot device.
  • Horror Fic centered upon or depicting terrifying or macabre events.
  • Mystery Fic whose plot involves a crime or other event that remains puzzlingly unsettled until the very end.
  • Non-Fiction: Character Bios Biography of a canon character.
  • Non-Fiction: Essays Essay on any topic around the books, movies or discussion of either.
  • Poetry Poetry.
  • PWP Generally accepted to mean either "Plot, What Plot?" or "Porn Without Plot". Used to exclusively mean adult fiction.
  • Romance Fic depicting heroic or marvelous deeds, pageantry, or romantic exploits.
  • Tragedy Fic in which horrible things happen.
  • Trio Fic in which Harry, Ron and Hermione are in a sexual relationship together.

  • Warnings were defined on the Story Warnings page[4]
  • Alternate Universe Stories that occur when a major canon event has been changed or has never occured, thus altering the entire story-line altogether.
  • Angst A fic with a lot of introspection, moodiness, and oftentimes severe character whinging.
  • BDSM Bondage, domination, sado-masochism. Sexual gratification received from tying up, dominating, receiving or giving pain.
  • Beastiality A sexual relationship between a human and an animal.
  • Bloodplay Sexual gratification received from seeing, tasting, touching, smelling blood, or causing blood to be spilled.
  • Bondage Tying or being tied up for sexual gratification.
  • Breathplay Controlling your own, or your partner's oxygen intake to bring about or intensify sexual pleasure.
  • Canon In the books or directly from the book.
  • Chan A relationship in which one of the participants is younger than the age of consent. Similar to Underage.
  • Character Death A fic wherein a character dies.
  • Contains Spoiler for DH Some prominent plot points of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" are referenced in the story.
  • Contains Spoiler for HBP Some prominent plot points of "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" are referenced in the story.
  • Crossdressing Wearing clothing traditionally reserved for the opposite gender.
  • D/S Domination/submission - A relationship or situation where one person dominates either physically or mentally over another.
  • Drug Usage Characters use illegal or illicit drugs.
  • Dub-Con Dubious Consent. When one character seems like they don't completely accept the situation they are in. Most often dubious consent to a sexual situation or practice.
  • Exhibitionism Behavior which involves "flashing" ones "naughty bits" in public. Generally refers to a deliberate display, usually to titillate.
  • Fanon Making use of fandom ideas and characterizations.
  • FemSlash Stories containing a relationship between two women. Generally accepted to imply a sexual relationship.
  • Gen Not relationship-centric. Usually refers to a fic in which relationships are very much "off-page" and not a central plot device.
  • Graphic Violence Contains graphic descriptions of violence.
  • Het Stories containing a relationship between a man and a woman. Generally accepted to imply a sexual relationship
  • Hurt/Comfort A story in which one character comforts another. Could be a hurt caused by same character or by an outside source.
  • Incest A sexual relationship between two related people.
  • Love/Hate A relationship, antagonistic in nature which is driven by both love and hatred at the same time. Generally a confrontational relationship.
  • Major Fluff The majority of the story or storyline is based on overly-romanticized language, situations or actions.
  • Masturbation Having sex with one's self, bashing the bishop, beating your meat, choking the snake, bopping the baloney, choking the chicken, spanking the monkey, jerking the gherkin, wanking, playing pocket pool, romancing the bone, slapping the salami, flogging the dolphin, jack off, jerk off, stroke off, dating Rosy Palmer.
  • Minor Character Death Death of a minor character in the plotline of the story.
  • Minor Fluff Part of the story is based on romanticized situations.
  • Movie Canon Fic that makes use of the movies as canon basis rather than the books.
  • M-Preg Male Pregnancy.
  • Necrophillia A living person having intimate relations with a dead body.
  • Non-Con Non-consensual. When one is forced to do something against their will.
  • OC Original Character. A character in a story created by an author (not JKR)
  • Orgy Four or more people concurrently having sex with each other.
  • Public Sex Sex in a public place. Generally done for the thrill of possibly getting caught.
  • Rape Non-consensual or forced sex.
  • Rimming Anal-Oral sex.
  • RST Resolved Sexual Tension.
  • Scat A sexual fetish involving feces.
  • Slash A sexual relationship between two men.
  • Strong Language May contain offensive language or swearing.
  • Strong Sexual Content Characters making whoopie.
  • Suicide A character ending his or her own life.
  • Threesome Three people having sex together.
  • Twincest Incest involving twins.
  • Underage One or more characters in a sexual relationship are under the age of consent. Similar to Chan.
  • Vampirism Can refer to either the actual act of taking blood for sustenance or sexual gratification. Or the imitation of the act by non-vampires.
  • Violence Contains descriptions of violence.
  • Voyeurism Wherein one character watches. Can refer to watching one or more characters in a sexual situation or any generally private act.
  • Watersports Sexual gratification received by urine-play.
  • Weasleycest Incest involving any of the Weasleys.


  1. ^ a b How did the Quidditch Pitch get started? question on archive FAQ, 24 October 2007. (Accessed through WayBack Machine 9 Aug 2016)
  2. ^ Importing The Quidditch Pitch to the AO3 (Accessed 21 October 2016)
  3. ^ Wayback link: Story Genres. (Accessed 20 June 2016.)
  4. ^ Wayback link: Story Warnings. (Accessed 20 June 2016.)