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Oliver Wood Character Analysis: Gryffindor Quidditch Captain

Oliver Wood Character Analysis: Gryffindor Quidditch Captain

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Oliver Wood was a student at Hogwarts in Gryffindor. For several years he was Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch Team as well as Keeper. After school, he joined the Puddlemore United Quidditch Team. He returned to the school for the final battle against Lord Voldemort

About Oliver Wood

Blood StatusPure Blood or Half Blood
OccupationStudent Keeper Quidditch Captain
Zodiac SignAries (speculative)

Oliver Wood Biography

Oliver Wood is a young British wizard who started attending Hogwarts in 1987. He was sorted into Gryffindor, which means that he would have shared a dormitory with Percy Weasley.

Wood soon joined the Gryffindor Quidditch Team as Keeper. He recalled that in his first match he took a Bludger to the head and spent two weeks in the hospital wing. Sometime before 1990 he was made captain of the Gryffindor team.

Wood and the 1991/2 Quidditch Season

He was introduced to Harry Potter in 1991 when Professor McGonagall, Gryffindor’s Head of House, recommended the first year to be the new Seeker for the team. Wood was impressed by Harry as well and told him that he would need to get a decent broom to fly.

Wood gave Harry private lessons before their first match to get him up to speed. He also tried to keep his presence on the team secret to unleash him as a secret weapon in their first game against Slytherin. But word spread quickly before the game. Nevertheless, they won the game when Harry caught the Snitch.

While the Gyrffindors defeated Hufflepuff, despite Wood’s concerns that Professor Snape, who decided to referee the match, would be unfair. Harry missed the final game of the year against Ravenclaw as he was recovering in the hospital wing from his encounter with Professor Quirrell. Gryffindor failed to win the Quidditch Cup, much to Wood’s disappointment.

Wood and the 1992/3 Quidditch Season

Incredibly serious about his Quidditch, Wood spent the summer of 1992 devising a new training schedule to give the Gryffindor team an edge in the coming year. He was annoyed that the rest of the team didn’t take things as seriously as he did.

He was again disappointed when he booked the Quidditch pitch early for their first training of the year, only to have Professor Snape reassign the pitch to the Slytherins so that they could train their new Seeker, Draco Malfoy.

Despite winning their first match against Slytherin, this was another disappointing year for Wood. The rest of the Quidditch season was canceled due to the havoc caused by the opening of the Chamber of Secrets and the release of Slytherin’s Monster.

Wood in the 1993/4 Quidditch Season

This was also Oliver Wood’s final year at Hogwarts, and he was desperate to win the Quidditch Cup, which Gryffindor had not won for seven years.

He started the year by training the team specifically to meet Slytherin in their first match. He was infuriated when Slytherin managed to postpone their game because Draco Malfoy was faking an injury, and they played Hufflepuff instead.

During the match with Hufflepuff, Dementors invaded the pitch and Harry was rendered useless. Cedric Diggory, the Hufflepuff Seeker, was able to catch the Snitch. When they realized what had happened, Cedric offered a rematch, but Wood refused, knowing that Cedric had caught the Snitch fairly.

Wood instead focussed on winning their remaining games to win the cup. This required Harry to get a new broomstick, since his had been destroyed in the incident. He also worried about Harry if the Dementors appeared again but believed Harry when he said that he had it under control.

Wood was pleased when Harry received a new Firebolt broomstick for Christmas but was dismayed when Professor McGonagall confiscated it to have it checked for jinxes and curses.

He tried to appeal to McGonagall to return the broom, but she admonished him to be more concerned with Harry’s life than Quidditch. However, the broom was eventually returned to Harry.

Before Gryffindor’s second match with Ravenclaw, Wood had the team training five times a week. He also monitored the Ravenclaw Seeker Cho Chang, aware that she often suffered from injuries. During the match itself, Wood told Harry not to be a gentleman and knock Cho off her broom. This was unnecessary for Gryffindor to win the match.

This meant that in the final game against Slytherin, Gryffindor would need to win by at least one hundred and ten points. Wood took to reminding Harry of this on an almost daily basis so that he would not catch the Snitch too soon. While Oliver took two Bludgers to the stomach during the game, they won the match and the cup, much to Wood’s pleasure.

Oliver Wood After School

Oliver Wood joined Puddlemore United as their reserve Keeper in 1994. He was pleased to tell Harry about this when he saw him at the Quidditch World Cup that summer.

Nevertheless, in May 1998, Wood returned to Hogwarts with other old members of the Gryffindor Quidditch team to join the battle against Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

After the battle and the end of the Second Wizarding War, Wood probably continued his Quidditch career.

Oliver Wood Personality Type & Traits

Oliver Wood was an intensely driven person with a naturally competitive personality. Nevertheless, he focussed on fair play. He wanted to win on merit rather than use underhanded tactics, like the Slytherin Quidditch Team.

While he could become obsessive and take things too far, he was a genuine and supportive colleague and friend.

Oliver Wood Zodiac Sign & Birthday

Oliver Wood must have been born in 1975/6, but we do not know his birth date. His personality suggests that his zodiac sign could be Aries.

People born under this sign are very competitive, but they want to win because they have worked hard to become the best. They would never be happy with a forfeit or to win on a technicality.