Journal of Wolfram Muir: 23rd of September, 2014
Took a flight down to Somerset to visit a friend down at the Modesty Rabnott Snidget Reservation. Wonderful birds, snidgets, truly wonderful. For nearly 200 years Quidditch (then Kwidditch) had remained the same since its beginning—six to a team, two Bludgers, a Quaffle, and three goal posts. However, not until the late 1200s does what is now our modern Golden Snitch come into the game.
The bird photographed above is a Golden Snidget—a curious little thing, bright gold in colour, and notoriously fast. Now, as I was saying, in the late 1200s during a Kwidditch match in Kent, a man released a snidget into the air and promised the man who caught it a sum of one hundred and fifty galleons. Thankfully, the woman who the reservation is named after, Modesty Rabnott, quickly rescued it and sent it to safety.
Sadly though, the poor Golden Snidgets would become a tradition in the game for nearly a century, with the galleons becoming points and the addition of the modern-day Seeker. With the rise of Golden Snidgets in Kwidditch, so too did the sport of Snidget hunting—knocking down the poor things mid-air to show off skill and reflexes. Now, as you can imagine, with Quidditch being as widespread as it is, the Golden Snidget rapidly started to become more and more scarce. Something had to be done to save these birds, and thankfully reserves were founded and they were classified XXXX magical creatures, not because they were dangerous to us, but because we were dangerous to them—the capture or injury of XXXX creatures results in a heavy sum and depending on the severity of the offense, incarceration.
About seven hundred years later, the Golden Snidget is flourishing wonderfully, and my time at the reserve was spent surrounded by the trills and buzzes of the delightful things. After a particularly playful one nearly poked my eye out, however (how friendly they were!), I thought it best to start flying home with a profound gratitude that these bright little things will still be part of this world.
Note to self: Remember next time in Diagon Alley to get more fairy eggs. Beetle eyes would be a good idea as well. Low on stock to feed the resident bowtruckles.
Mr. W. Muir, 24th of September, 2014.