Quidditch Through the Ages (Harry Potter)

by J.K. Rowling

Other authorsKennilworthy Whisp
Hardcover, 2017


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Due Mar 7, 2024

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Arthur A. Levine Books (2017), Edition: Reprint, 128 pages, $12.99 (Feb. 2018)


A history of the sport Quidditch, answering such questions such as where the Golden Snitch came from, or why the Wigtown Wanderers have meat cleavers on their robes.



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128 p.; 5 inches

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LibraryThing member TheoClarke
The moments of entertainment in this adjunct to the Harry Potter series were not enough to compensate for the apparent lack of understanding of the kind of sports book that it lightly parodies. Rowling is a witty writer and there is a sense of fun here but the book is likely to be most appealling
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to the younger end of her audience.
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LibraryThing member MidnightTears
Quidditch Through the Ages is a lovely short read. While not as entertaining as Fantastic Beasts & Where to find them (owing to the fact it is a library book, not a text book), Rowling has once again brought out the feeling of seeing into Harry's world. I find that I'm enjoying the "School Books"
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as much as I did the series. In this book, the game is explained from it's humble beginings in Queerditch Marsh to how it is played "today." Everything is covered! Fouls, Rules, Teams, even history. Rowling didn't miss a beat in covering every area of game play that you would expect to see in reading something about football or basketball! For me, this very small book packed a punch! I would reccomend it to anyone who loves the Harry Potter series. It adds a touch of "reality" to actually read the books Harry read in school!
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LibraryThing member sarah.rouse87
That's right, I bought it.
LibraryThing member MusicMom41
Rowlings does a clever job of giving a thorough account of the history of the development of the popular Wizards’ game of Quidditch. Also included are a summary of the modern rules, some of the strategic ploys, and descriptions of the professional Quidditch teams of Britain and Ireland. Being an
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avid San Francisco Giants fan my favorite team is the Chudley Cannons, whose “glory days may be considered by many to be over but their devoted fans live in hope of a renaissance.” Their colors are orange and black and they have changed their motto from “We Shall Conquer” to “Let’s all just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.”
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LibraryThing member norabelle414
A brief history of the wizard sport of Quidditch, with a focus on Great Britain. Includes the history of each aspect of the game, current popular British league teams, and a bit on international popularity. Also includes several adorable diagrams.

The wait between the publication of Harry Potter and
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the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was the longest of them all, and I vividly remember how interminable it felt. (Three years is an eternity to a 12 year old!) The publication of the two "schoolbooks" was such a respite. They're so clever and light and provide much-needed comic relief (pun fully intended) right when the main series transitions into something much darker.

I read Quidditch Through the Ages first due to it being my least favorite of the two. Because, you know, sports. But J.K. Rowling can make even sports seem interesting and magical.
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LibraryThing member JulieQ
Absolutely charming book by Kennilworthy Whisp. Includes everything you ever wanted to know about the fantastic game of Quidditch. Also includes information on brooms and the different quidditch teams around the world. A must read for any Quidditch fan whether they be a muggle, squib, witch or
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wizard, young or old.
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LibraryThing member 391
A short, adorable addition to the canon. It is a wonderful respite from the heavy 400+ page books that make up the rest of the series!
LibraryThing member cyderry
This is a cute little book which documents the development of the greatest game on broomsticks! We hear stories of the beginning of the game as well as how the equipment has changed over the years. We are given a detailed list of the teams that play the game all over the world and the special moves
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used in the game. Remember if you want to play Quidditch, be sure to get a Firebolt!
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LibraryThing member ardh
This book made money for charity, and that's great, but I really wish someone who understood sports would read JKR's Quidditch stuff before it goes into print.
LibraryThing member HopingforChange
Parts of this short little book were very entertaining and then a lot of it was sort of boring faux history. It's Rowling, though, so I did enjoy it. She never lets the opportunity for a well-place pun pass her by, which I appreciate.
LibraryThing member lizzybeans11
Recently re-read this in an attempt to satisfy my constant HP hunger. I found this even more enjoyable than "Fantastic Beasts".

This "Hogwarts Library" book is a fantastic supplement to the HP canon. Jo obviously makes connections between Quidditch and football/soccer. As a soccer fan (and married
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to a fanatic) I found this history of Quidditch even more amusing.

I loved reading about the major Quidditch teams from all over the world. The 13 British team descriptions went into more detail about their team histories, so when a team from elsewhere was mentioned I wanted to read the same amount of information about them.

My favourite part was the warning from "Dumbledore" that it is a completely fictional sport and no one plays it. Not so true nowadays!
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LibraryThing member Aerow
A cute companion book to the Harry Potter series!
LibraryThing member edenjean
"Quidditch Through the Ages" is a fantastically engrossing book that fans of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series will thoroughly enjoy. Written in a style unique to wizards obsessed with their favorite subject and comprehensive in its detail, this volume is bound to become a favorite of witches and
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wizards worldwide.

The volume follows a linear timeline, beginning with the development of the flying broomstick, moving on to the earliest games in which brooms were used, and then describing records of the game that was the predecessor of modern Quidditch. Each section includes quotes from letters and diaries kept by witches and wizards living during those times; evidence provided by the author is accurate, amusing, and at times quite useful to understanding the history of the most popular sport in the wizarding world.

The author then goes on to describe the evolution of the game from its earliest stages, including the initial use of baskets as goalposts, the Golden Snidget bird, rocks for bludgers, and the charms added to the leather Quaffle over time. From there the modern rules and their history are described, as is the development of the Ministry of Magical Games and Sports.

The author is quite detailed in his following descriptions of Quidditch teams from around the world; included are their founding dates, famous matches, famous players and Captains, and World Cup wins. Concluding the volume are fascinating descriptions of the evolution of the racing broomstick as well as the most popular Quidditch moves, such as the Plumpton Pass and the Wronski Feint.

Quidditch fans, both wizards and muggles alike, will enjoy this thorough, yet not at all dry or boring, history of Quidditch and all of its interesting aspects. I highly recommend "Quidditch Through the Ages" to fans of all ages, students, Quidditch players, or those simply interested in the wizarding world.
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LibraryThing member kleddy09
Age: Intermediate-Middle School
Genre: Informational, Fantasy
Media: Black Ink
Review: This book is informational because it shares information and facts about the history and game of quidditch. This information is accurate according to the Harry Potter book series. This book is also fantasy because
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the game of quidditch is not real in our world, it is part of the fantasy world in the Harry Potter book series.
Character: None
Use: read to enjoy
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LibraryThing member mojacobs
This book and its companion Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, were published in aid of Comic Relief - a very nice initiative, I thought. To my surprise, Quidditch through the Ages proved to be the most entertaining one of the two.
LibraryThing member martensgirl
I read this book as I aim to read all of the Harry Potter series. I understand that this book has raised and awful lot of money for charity, but it really isn't very interesting, merely page after page of Quidditch 'facts'.
LibraryThing member crazy4reading
I love Quidditch and to read a book that tells you the history of a fantasy sport is just fun. Have you ever been to a Quidditch match? I have and it is interesting to see the muggles trying to create this game.

Learning about the teams and the moves that the players do to score or to try and score
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is interesting. If you have read the Harry Potter books you have some background but you learn more by reading this book.
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LibraryThing member empress8411
I enjoyed this! Amusing and informative, I most enjoyed reading about the America take of Quidditch, our attempts at playing and our fevor for Quodpot, a ridiculous spoof of football. That being said, I'm a Quidditch fan and will be forever. My only qualm about this book is it was too short!
LibraryThing member Jaguar897
Quidditch is one of the few “sports” that I really wish I could experience. The whole flying about on broomsticks is fun on its own, but add a few magical balls and well, apart from a bad sexual joke you also have an exciting sounding sport. There’s not much to really say about this book, but
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it’s quite charming and fun with its illustrations and side stories. There’s a library card that shows the students who checked it out, background stories on how the game evolved, a listing of the teams and their brief histories and about quidditch around the world. This book is first mentioned in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone as the book for quidditch players. One of the fun things I find about HP is the book titles the students read, so to read a book the characters in the book read too was exciting. It’s not critical to understanding anything in the series, but still worth a read.
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LibraryThing member Chris.Graham
More for the younger readers. Has anyone spotted kids running around riding birch garden brooms and chasing imaginary golden snitches?
LibraryThing member Chris.Graham
More for the younger readers. Has anyone spotted kids running around riding birch garden brooms and chasing imaginary golden snitches?
LibraryThing member benuathanasia
Absolutely adorable companion piece. The side-notes from Ron and Harry are hilarious.
LibraryThing member PamZaragoza
Everything you need to know about Quidditch is here. A very detailed book about Quidditch! Makes me want to get our broomstick and just run around! Hands down J.K!
LibraryThing member KRaySaulis
Rowling has imagination to spare and inspires me every time I touch one of her books.
LibraryThing member Redthing
The history of quidditch is suprisingly made interesting by this book.

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