Published by Scholastic on June 1st 2001
Did you know that: there are 700 ways of committing a foul in Quidditch? The game first began to evolve on Queerditch Marsh - What Bumphing is? That Puddlemere United is oldest team in the Britain and Ireland league (founded 1163). All this information and much more could be yours once you have read this book: this is all you could ever need to know about the history, the rules - and the breaking of the rules - of the noble wizarding sport of Quidditch.
It’s very strange to sit down with a book and realize you a reading a fake textbook from a made up history for a world that does not exist but you wish with all of your heart that it did. That is the entire reading experience of QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES.
So even though my favorite non existent history book, HOGWARTS, A HISTORY never got made (please JK?) I did get a little piece of the Hogwarts Library with QUDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES. I have the original green cover, in a paperback so old and beat up I fear that Madam Pince will one day come to my door demanding to know why I have treated one of her library books so roughly. But I haven’t! I’ve just read it that many times.
Quidditch is a crazy fascinating game, part soccer (European Football), part basketball,and part something wholly new. It’s amazing to see how Rowling’s brain has created this entire history around a game that makes up such a small part of the actual Potter books, but she has. And it’s so detailed and beautiful that you could swear it was all real and you were reading an actual book on the history of the sport.
This book doesn’t just cover Quidditch though. No, it goes into a few other popular and unpopular wizarding sports, different kinds of brooms, and the creation of the Golden Snitch to spare an endangered creature (the Snidget). You’ve got a diary from an old lady who witnessed one of the very first Quidditch games, a breakdown of rules and special moves, and even some random facts about Quidditch Cups and fouling rules. It’s weird how interesting all of this can be considering none of it exists.
This book made me want to go out and play Quidditch, which some friends and I ended up trying (and failing) to do. We never could figure out a way to do bludgers and snitches. Still, is a sport that inspired a generation, and this book was part of that. I highly recommend it for new and old Potter fans alike, it’s a must have for your Potter collection.
(And I still want HOGWARTS, A HISTORY Ms Rowling!)
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From my shelf to yours,
VIVA LA POTTER!