- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (Feb. 7 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408883082
- ISBN-13: 978-1408883082
- Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 1.1 x 13.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 141 g
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Quidditch Through the Ages Paperback – Feb 7 2017
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If you're a Harry Potter fan and are desperate to fill the gap between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the next instalment (sorry folks, no date as yet but as soon as we know we'll tell you), then this JK offering could be the answer to your Potter prayers.
JK Rowling takes her enviable ability to turn paper into gold to the next level by cleverly teaming up with Comic Relief 2001 to bring Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (a set text during Harry's first year at Hogwarts) and Quidditch Through the Ages (Harry's favourite book), to the masses--and all the money goes to charity.
To be one of the first to lay your hands on these books, simply order now. And on Friday, March 16 just watch as the money you pay goes into the Comic Relief coffers... --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Anyone who plays or watches Quidditch regularly will relish Mr Whisp's book" - Albus Dumbledore
"A veritable treasure trove of hitherto unknown facts about the sport of warlocks" - Bathilda Bagshot, author of A HISTORY OF MAGIC
"A thoroughly enjoyable book; Quidditch fans are sure to find it both instructive and entertaining" - Which Broomstick?See all Product description
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The book was published as a charitable publication; all of the proceeds are supposed to go to a charitable organization with the writing and publication costs being taken care of by donations. As for the contents, the book covers the history and rules of Quidditch and talks about some of the professional teams in Great Britain.
First, the book is quite funny, with numerous humorous notes and stories. It is more reminiscent of Rowlings earlier Harry Potter novels than it is of numbers 4 and 5 that do have some funny elements but tend to be much more serious than the first three.
The book is also probably highly prized by Harry Potter fanatics because it further develops the already incredibly detailed magical/muggle world of the series. Rowling has accomplished something few other authors can claim - the creation of a credible world - and this is just another doorway into that world.
The only problem I could possibly see with this book is that it is hardly long enough to be called a book; it is more a monograph or pamphlet with its roughly 50 pages. Granted this is a fictitious history which means every detail and story has to be developed from scratch. What's more, it has to be incorporated into the existing stories and future stories. Nevertheless, this can only be described as a 'brief' history of Quidditch.
Overall, you can read the entire thing in about 30 minutes and if you are a die hard Harry Potter fan you'll probably appreciate it and find it disappointingly short. If not, it won't likely keep your interest like the novels will. I'd recommend it for die hard fans but be aware that it is short.
I kind of expected it to be longer, but I suppose that you can't get everything you want... all in all, for an additional book I thought that it was pretty okay. The best things about it were the little comments and tid bits that made it really seem like a book from the Hogwarts library.... the card in the front that has the names of all the kids that checked it out, the introduction from Dumbledore, and the conversion from dollars to sickles and knuts on the back are all really cool.
If you're a Harry Potter fan, you have to get this, if just to ease your curiosity on what it's about. But beware- this book has no plot and reads pretty darn boring, except for a few select parts. It clears up quite a bit of the fourth book's Quidditch Cup, and if there are any more matches in future books, I suggest keeping this close at hand.
This is rated G, and is really really tame. The fifth book was kind of crazy, what with the teen angst and such, but this takes you back to the happy, carefree world of Harry Potter.
In it, we get to learn many rules for all players, names of teams in the United Kingdom, a good perspective on the international recognition and presence of Quidditch, and a history of the Quidditch game, from its origins down in the Queerditch Marsh to 1991, year that Harry Potter starts his first year. As this copy is taken from the Hogwarts Library, it shows a list of students who have borrowed the book, along with a funny note from Dumbledore about how he proposed to Madame Pince to take a copy of this book and offer it to Muggle readers.
Once again illustrated by J K Rowling, this book is another treat for fans of Harry Potter, though I wish that the more recent edition had kept the original green cover with the red Hogwarts seal, instead of this blue cover, which doesn't corresponds to the one that we get to have on the first edition and on the Pottermore website.