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Quidditch Through the Ages [Paperback]

J. K. Rowling
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6 July 2009
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.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (6 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140880302X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408803028
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 the Oldest team in the British and Irish 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, rules - and the breaking of the rules - of the noble wizarding sport of Quidditch. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun book 10 Dec 2004
Format:Hardcover
This cute little book was actually part of a pair (along with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) produced by J.K. Rowling for the charity Comic Relief. Written in a tongue in cheek manner, this books appears to be straight from the Hogwarts School Library, complete with borrow & due date list that includes one H. Potter! Purportedly written by one Kennilworthy Whisp, this book covers the evolution of Quidditch from its inception, and along the way explains how Quidditch is played.
This is a fun book for any Harry Potter fan to own. It's a good, light-hearted read, and helps explain Quidditch to us muggles, in a manner much more clear than in the regular Harry Potter books. Bet this book!
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure even for those of us who don't play 14 Mar 2001
Format:Paperback
At risk of giving away too many of the laughs contained within this slim volume, I promise that I shall reveal only one of them at the end of this slender review.
I'm proud to be one of the many adult fans of Ms Rowling and have thoroughly enjoyed her superb novels to date. The only hint of boredom being the early section of Book IV (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) which deals with the Quidditch World Cup and may probably only have had interest for true fans of Quidditch, yet is somewhat dull for the rest of us.
However, I am now a complete convert! Kennilworthy Whisp has written an unusual thing in the world of sports books. That is, one which will be read with pleasure by many who are not fans.
Finally, the presentation of 13 teams in the U.K. league encourages the reader to select their own team. Mine is the Chudley Cannons. Why? How can you NOT support a team which changes its team motto from "We shall conquer" to "Lets all just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best".
UP THE CANNONS!!!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only for the fans... 17 Jan 2006
By Nikola
Format:Paperback
Well, if you believe that various editions of "Harry Potter" books and glorious films of the same name aren't enough, then you're in for a treat! "Quidditch Through the Ages" is a history of No1 wizard sport and it's great fun! It is written as a Hogwarts Library book, with names of our favorite characters scrambled throught the book as if they really used it. And there is substance. Lots of it. It is evident that Mrs Rowling (cleverly signed as Kennilworthy Whisp) knows her world in details, as this book is totally in the spirit of the books. It is witty and interesting, just like "Harry Potter" books are. Although it is obvious only true fans will enjoy it, "Quidditch Through the Ages" is truly a delight!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent money-raiser for charity 18 Feb 2003
Format:Paperback
... For any up and coming Quidditch star this book is a must; it contains the complete history of this magnificent game from when the witch Gertie Keddle first saw and wrote in her diary about the strange game she saw people playing on Queerditch Marsh way back in the eleventh century, right up until now. It explains all the ingenious anti-Muggle precautions put in place to stop Muggles coming across a game where people are flying around on broomsticks. How the game has spread worldwide, how technical advances in broom technology have improved the players' performance. And there is also a very intriguing chapter on how the Golden Snitch arrived in the game....
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quidditch for the fans 2 May 2004
Format:Paperback
This book, with Magical Creatures, was written for Comic Relief and translated into many languages. Although I liked the Magical Creatures book better, this book also gives you more insight into the magical world of Harry Potter. It shows the amount of detail J.K. Rowlings puts in writing her books. Like George Lucas, director of the Star Wars movies once said: Fiction is so much harder to think up than reality; when you make up a fantasy world, every rule you think up is forever, and when you start, it is hard to imagine how this rule you have started will affect future events.
In this little book, J.K. Rowlings shows that she really did think of all the effects of the rules she made up in her fantasy world. While describing the evolution of Quidditch, she carefully maintains all the boundaries she has set in the Harry Potter books.
You can see how Harry must have enjoyed reading this book.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
You have to be a Harry Potter fan to appreciate this book. Here is everything you need to know about Quidditch, from how it began to the modern day game. The book is for about 8 to 80 years old. The book is short but the text is tiny in some parts. Old people will need their glasses! I read the book in about a day because it was so good. There are some good drawings. The book has fun detals and descriptions of ancient broom games and the development of the racing broom.It is a great read and makes a contribution to Comic Relief. PANTS TO POVERTY!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for fans... 9 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
...basically I can only really recommend this and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them" if you are already a fan of Harry Potter. These two little books gives the readers some background to elements in the Harry Potter books and, to some degree, fleshes out that world. J.K. Rowling's writing style shines through and so this is quite a good read in itself but only fans can really appreciate it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 24 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have had this book for a long time and was asked to get it as a birthday present for my girlfriends nephew,he was very impressed and as already read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazingly astonishing!
this book is amazing having it been written by the one and only JK Rowling! rowling makes all the Harry Potter associated books the best! read it! Read more
Published 2 months ago by by Noorayni Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting..
I found this book to be far better than "fantastic beasts and where to find them" as it goes in to more depth with the history, which could be seen as very convincing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Additional gift
My wife can read this copy without spoiling the hardback version. This is also going to a very worthy cause.
Published 3 months ago by Ken Shephard
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Great fun for potter fans. To be honest its fictional fun, what else can I say. Buy it, read it and put in your collection
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Bought for my 10 year old daughter who is a massive HP fan. She loved it and was recanting facts to me about Quidditch as if it really had existed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic JK
JK Rowling is just the best author and this is a great addition to the Harry Potter series. The humorous doodles by the students are charming.
Published 4 months ago by Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
Bought this as a gift for my brother and it's a good book, nice quality and nothing to complain about.
Published 5 months ago by Deanshotgun
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is perfect for Harry Potter fans who want to read more into the wizarding world. This is a nicely written book and I would definitely recommend. Read more
Published 7 months ago by pond88
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't pay more than a few pounds if you are not an ardent fan.
Bought this after giving away my original copy and then realising that they are quite sought after. Not worth the sum I paid this time around, but it will amuse true Potter fans.
Published 7 months ago by Cathryn Louise Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Quidditch through the ages
Absolutely nothing wrong with this book. It is really really really good because any questions about quidditch are answered here.
Published 7 months ago by Jim
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