Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Characters/Marcus Flint
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Marcus Flint is an older boy in Slytherin house, who is Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team.
Role in the Books
Marcus Flint, here a sixth-year, captains the Slytherin Quidditch team in their game against Gryffindor house.
Marcus Flint is the captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team. He first appears in "Mudbloods and Murmurs", when the Slytherins arrive to take over the Quidditch pitch from the Gryffindor team.
Somehow Marcus Flint is still at Hogwarts, because he is mentioned as being Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team, and in the game against Gryffindor (in which Harry is flying his Firebolt) it is mentioned that Flint has chosen players for size rather than skill. We see him again when he, Draco, Crabbe, and Goyle disguise themselves as Dementors in a failed attempt to put Harry off his game in the Quidditch match against Ravenclaw. He is caught by Minerva McGonagall, who gives all 4 of them detention and deducts fifty house points from Slytherin as punishment.
The author has said that, given a choice between her making a mistake and Flint having had to repeat a grade, she thinks it rather more likely that Flint has had to repeat a grade.
Relationships with Other Characters
Marcus Flint never appears except in his role as Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team. In that role, he seems to be relatively unimaginative, and somewhat brutish — rather than using skill to win games, at least against Gryffindor, he seems to prefer to make as many fouls as possible, on and off the pitch, in the hopes that some of them at least will not be seen by the referee.
Outside the context of Quidditch, Flint does not seem to exist; he is never mentioned by other characters.
Like any extended series, the Potter books have a number of small internal consistency errors that purists pick up on and often complain about. With a very few exceptions, these errors do not affect the line or enjoyment of the story at all. The error that puts Marcus Flint at Hogwarts for an extra year was one of the earlier ones detected on the fan sites, and at least one fan site has chosen to call all such errors "flints" in commemoration of its discovery.