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Quidditch Through the Ages & Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Paperback – Mar 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Arthur a Levine (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439284031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439284035
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #851,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now, the classic books from the library of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry--Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages--are available in hardcover in a sturdy boxed gift set. (These books are written by J.K. Rowling herself under the pseudonyms Newt Scamander and Kennilworthy Whisp.) Finally, Muggles will have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats, and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl. The Quidditch textbook explains where the Golden Snitch came from, how the Bludgers came into existence, and why the Wigtown Wanderers have pictures of meat cleavers on their clothes. Both books, designed to look like Harry Potter's actual, used Hogwarts textbooks, feature silly scribblings from Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Proceeds from the sale of this gift set will go to improving and saving the lives of children around the world. Harry Potter fans, rejoice! (All ages) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Publisher

Scholastic Inc.'s net proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Harry's Books fund established by Comic Relief U.K. to help disadvantaged children in the poorest countries of the world. J.K. Rowling is donating all royalties to which she would be entitled. The purchase of this book is not tax deductible. Comic Relief may be contacted at: Comic Relief, 5th Floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP, England. Comic Relief in the United Kingdom is not affiliated with the organization of the same name in the United States.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 2 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit when I opened the box I was really disappointed- these aren't so much books as pamphlets with glossy covers. Certainly not substantial enough to tide me over with something to read until the next book comes out. But they were delightful to read, especially Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which contains a fascinating history of categorizing animals into "being" or "beast" categories as well as a brief paragraph description of each beast (and Harry and Ron's scrawled funny notes on the side). Quidditch Through the Ages had a history of the sport, described the spread of its popularity through the world, and described each team in Britain and the evolution of broomstick models. Worthwhile little pamphlets, entertaining, they're written by Rowling herself, and especially given that the proceeds go to charity this is worth picking up, if you find a good price. And as for them being so short... well, I wouldn't want Rowling to have any major distractions from Book 5, now would I?
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Schuman on July 10 2004
Format: Hardcover
If your children are Harry Potter fans and read these books the odds are very good that they will throw quotes and 'facts' from these books at you at every opportunity.
These books are very short and filled with information that fills in and enhances the novels of the Harry Potter series. I have found that the information within them rounds out Rowlings magical universe.
If you are looking for a novel however these are not for you. They are reference books describing some of the magical creatures in the Harry Potter series or explaining the origns and rules of Quiddich. Good easy fun.
I would also like to add that these books would be ideal for a child who does not like to read but likes the H.P movies. They just might entice the non reader to pick up the H.P novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 30 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was kind of cynical when I bought these; I figured JK was trying to cash in on her success. But at least she's cashing in for charity, and I was desperate for *something* HP, so I bought it.
The books, however, are totally awesome. Like Tolkien's "Silmarillion" on a much smaller and more whimsical scale, they provide glimpses into the larger imagined world in which HP is embedded. They do not merely parrot what we know from the books; there are tons of fun nuggets of information and mysterious hints.
"Fantastic Beasts" gives us the 411 on our familiar friends the dragon, the acromantula and the flobberworm, as well as tons of new critters like the Lethifold. The margins have hilarious "comments" by Harry and Ron, slyly referencing the published HP novels. This is a must-have reference for fanfic writers in need of story ideas.
"Quidditch Through the Ages" is a very cool look at the history of Quidditch, full of Rowling's usual lighthearted social satire (i.e. Americans neglect Quidditch in favor of their homegrown broom sports :) This book in particular gives us the feeling of having been ripped from a larger unwritten history of Harry's world.
As far as I'm concerned, once she's done with books 6 and 7, Rowling can keep writing these nuggets for the rest of her life :) I would love to see her write "Hogwarts, A History" or "A History of Magic" by Bathilda Bagshot.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Villarreal on May 2 2002
Format: Paperback
I was really looking forward to "reading" this books, especially after finishing the fourth book in the Harry Potter series.
I finally got them. I loved the box they came in, and the presentation of the books.... they DO look like REAL library or student books. I also really liked the "graffiti" by very famous Hogwarts students on them.
Still, these were not books I could actually read. I found them a bit dull and boring. They were written in encyclopedia form, and there are no stories in them.
If you are getting them to either read them yourself, or to your kids, I do not reccommend them. But, if you are a Harry Potter fan, who MUST have anything Harry Potter, then these books are a sure bet.
Finally, I am glad I got them, because they look really nice in my collection, I just wish I had known what they were about before I bought them.
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Format: Hardcover
Although not a necessary addition to everyone's personal Harry Potter library, these two little books are quite interesting and a lot of fun to read. They are both quite short, totaling less than sixty five pages apiece, but they are wonderfully put together and made to look like copies of real books from the Hogwarts library. None other than Albus Dumbledore himself writes the introduction to each book, explaining how and why these books are being made available to Muggles for the first time and explaining how proceeds from each book go directly to a fund, set up in Harry Potter's name by Comic Relief UK and author J.K. Rowling, which is dedicated to help children in need throughout the world.
Quidditch Through the Ages, penned by Quidditch expert Kennilworthy Whisp explains the ultimate sport of wizards from top to bottom, giving the centuries-old history of the game as it has evolved. First and foremost, he explains why wizards and witches employ brooms to fly on in the first place, and then he proceeds to give an account of the changing rules of the game from its early days of primitive baskets set atop poles to the standardized and world-sweeping format of today. Of most significance and interest is the story of how the Golden Snitch was introduced into the sport. Different strategies and maneuvers are named and explained, the thirteen Quidditch teams of England and Ireland are identified, some of the seven hundred types of fouls are explained, and some of the most memorable games and individual performances are detailed (including the Tutshill Tornados' Roderick Plumpton's amazing snag of the Golden Snitch only three and a half seconds into a game back in 1921).
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