There is confusion over what Quidditch position James Potter played when he was at Hogwarts. We wanted to do this post to clarify any confusion regarding the Quidditch position James Potter played during his time at Hogwarts. We were going through our Google Search Console queries and found that some had asked if he was a Seeker.
This post will go into spoiler territory for anyone who has not seen the movies or read the books. So please be careful if you choose to read this. Also, we’ve spoken about Ron’s jealousy of Harry.
Which Quidditch Position Did James Potter Play?
So, in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone for our US audience), Ron states that James played as a Seeker during his time at Hogwarts. Coincidentally, this is the exact placement Harry plays. If we’re honest, this was written by the movie’s screenwriter to give Harry a better connection to his father.
Moreover, this was backed up by Harry telling Ron and Hermione that he had no idea that his father had played Quidditch. He also had no clue that he played the same position Harry would later play. However, that leads us to the books.
It is established in the Harry Potter books that James didn’t play Seeker but was a Chaser. The character page on the Wizarding World Fandom mentions this in the section on James’ time at Hogwarts. Another point we need to establish too is that the Gryffindor Quidditch Team page on the same site says two different things. The first is in the information table, which lists the positions and the player’s duration. James is listed in the Seeker section of the table. However, in the 1970s section, of the main page, it says he was a Chaser.
In conclusion, the book continuity is usually the right one. In saying this, James Potter was a Chaser in proper canon. However, as we mentioned earlier, James being a Seeker was put in the first film to make him more relatable to his son.