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Quidditch Through the Ages & Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [Paperback]

J. K. Rowling , Kennilworthy Whisp , Newt Scamander
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March 2001 Harry Potter
Now you can read two of Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbooks--Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, penned by J.K. Rowling herself under two delightful noms de plume. All proceeds from the sale of these 64-page paperbacks are being donated to Comic Relief, an organization which "exists to tackle poverty and promote social justice by helping disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa to realize their aspirations and potential."

Quidditch Through the Ages--charmingly reproduced as if it were a facsimile of the copy from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry--starts with the history of broomsticks, describes the evolution of Quidditch through the generations, and includes the rules of the game as well as a chapter on modern-day play. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the most complete A to Z listing of magical beasts that exists, and includes their classifications. From Basiliks to Jarveys to Werewolves, this book covers all the magical beasts you've only heard of and will introduce you to a host of new ones you haven't.


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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.

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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
4.0 out of 5 stars An appetizer benefitting a worthy cause Jan. 2 2002
By A Customer
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 great books to add to the collection Nov. 5 2002
By Simfan
Format:Paperback
I am a huge Harry Potter fan & these 2 additional books are great. "Quidditch Through The Ages" really takes you into the history of this highly important sport to all of the wizarding world. It explains the game & the way the game balls have evolved over the years. It really made me understand this fictional game even more.
"Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them" describes various different animals, some pleasant, but most are not thru this text book. A few pictures drawn here & there, I think more pictures would have been nice, to give the reader a better idea what some of these creatures look like.
Another cute feature are the little handwritten comments by Harry, Ron & Hermoine throughout the books. Makes you feel a little like a first year student, using the books that they had used a few years ahead of you. I recommend these 2 books to any Harry Potter fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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
3.0 out of 5 stars For DIE-HARD fans only 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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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Buy...
Beautiful and strong box set. A recommended buy for all Harry Potter fans. Your collections are incomplete without these books.
Published 16 days ago by Rohini Lata Naidu
5.0 out of 5 stars I felt that this was a perfect gift for her to give her even more...
I bought this for my girlfriend who is a huge Harry Potter fan. I felt that this was a perfect gift for her to give her even more emergence into the Harry Potter universe.
Published 26 days ago by Harley Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a Harry potter fan
As a huge fan and like most who retread the books every so often , it is nice to read into more of the magical world. Only downfall is the length. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Katrina
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed!
As soon a I got this set I was so excited to open it. The books are semi small but make up for it with the stories and humor!
Published 2 months ago by Karie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Absolutely love it! I read them all in the first 2 days of me receiving them! So thrilled to have these in my collection <3
Published 3 months ago by Brittany
4.0 out of 5 stars boxed set amazing
i love how these books are available to us muggles!!! LOL learnt so much already about the amzing creatures and i wish i could play quiddich now!!!
Published 3 months ago by Wahsontiio Montour
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection!
This was a fantastic addition to my Harry Potter hard cover collection :) Beautiful set. Great quality! Worthy of JK Rowling's work :)
Published 3 months ago by marie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not done reading them yet
So far so good - I haven't finished the books yet thus far it's like I have been taken back to Hogwarts before Harry Potter. I am enjoying them.
Published 3 months ago by Ashley Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for the Harry Potter fan in your house
I bought this for my daughter and she loved it so I bought another as a birthday gift for a party she was going to. All the kids loved it as they had not seen it before. Big hit!
Published 4 months ago by Laura J Carleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality is amazing
hogwarts crest
jkr signature imprint on the spine
books are hardcover and beautifully designed
royalties go to charities
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