By Elisa Everlong
I’m back again for this issue with another review, and considering this month’s theme is Sports, I thought it’d be a good idea to make my review relate to it somehow. Or at least attempt to, anyway.
Now we all know what Quidditch is, don’t we? Of course you do! It’s even sillier of me to assume that you wouldn’t know what Quidditch was. However, if you’ve been living under a rock for the past several hundred years, it’s basically the most popular and well-known sport in the wizarding world. And the best thing about it? It’s played on broomsticks.
Which is exactly what I’ll be reviewing this month! So what are we waiting for? Lets get started.
Alright - you’re probably expecting me to be examining the quality
(If I can even get on one properly.)
Anyway, since I couldn’t access the brooms without suspicion, I decided to take mental notes during a few of my flying classes.
The first thing I noticed about the broom, before even using it properly, was that it wasn’t particularly the best looking thing I’ve seen. I suppose this could be due to the fact that it was probably older than my grandparents. The handle looked like it was going to give me a thousand splinters and the tail end looked like someone had just tied together a few twigs they found on the floor. As far as first impressions went, this was not a good one and I feared for my safety already.
One positive point, so far, was that it does look like an old worn broomstick, basically. Even though the broomstick itself is not a common, modern household object to muggles anymore, it would still be less suspicious than, say, a Comet 290.
Now let’s get to the main part: the actual performance. After failing to mount the broomstick a few dozen times, I did manage to stay on long enough to learn how to manoeuvre it. Basically, you have to learn a certain direction, and I wasn’t feeling 100% secure with the fragile appearance of the broom. However I guess looks can deceive, as once I was in the air the broom was successful in the fact that it did not snap in half.
Sometimes, the broom would fly way too far over to the right, even when I had only leaned the tiniest bit. I felt like a huge gust of wind had blown me over, and yes, my hands were gripped onto the broomstick so tight I did get a splinter. That’s minus ten points right there. Another issue was that when I went too high, the broom felt shaky like it was going to drop suddenly and I’d come crashing to the ground. Fortunately this never happened and all my limbs are still intact.
Here are my overall ratings:
Appearance - 2/10 - It’s kinda shoddy looking. I mean, the 2 points it gets is for the fact that it is good at looking bad and is useful in some cases. If that was your actual broomstick, I doubt it’d ever get stolen.
Safety - 6/10 - It never fell in midair. That’s good enough for me, but the splinter in my finger let it down.
Control - 4/10 - It was a bit all over the place sometimes. But who am I kidding, am I going to really get some good precision from that?
Overall - 4/10 - Average. It could’ve done worse… but it could’ve also done a lot better.
And there we have it! The Hogwart’s broomstick.
If you have anything for me to review next month - please send a message my way and I’ll make sure to credit you.