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All this for just 14 Sickles & 3 Knuts.....,
This review is from: Comic Relief: Quidditch Through the Ages (Harry Potter's Schoolbooks) (Paperback)
A wonderfully wizardaecious book from warlock Whisp and Rowling Ravenclaw. With wizarding whooshes and wily whizzes to while away a woeful day, what? Even though this is a mini-booklet, a tremendous amount of thought and effort have gone into it. I cannot think of any other author who has put so much effort into a work from which they have not personally gained Golden Galleons...er, I mean, monetarily.
Questions ALWAYS arise when reading a quality quidditch, oops! (I shouldn't write reviews when travelling by broomstick!) ...ahem...a quality novel, one of which was "Why Quidditch?" However, this novelette answers those queries by showing the evolution of the name from its original birthplace in Queerditch Marsh. It also explains where the Golden Snitch came from and why its worth 150 points in a game. Another query answered is 'Why Broomsticks?', as opposed to, say, armchairs? The answer (which is obvious once you know it!) is that no Muggle would query a broomstick left lying around outside! I definitely belong to the Hermione school of learning, whereby the more I know about a subject, and understand it, the more interesting it becomes. So this booklet is very interesting for background reading and appreciation of the Quidditch World Cup in 'Goblet of Fire'. I also found the explanatory diagrams helpful.
For me, the 2 best bits were the Thief's Curse (for those who read but don't pay) (and beware doodler's too!) also Albus Dumbledore's final Introductory comments: (I) beg Muggles not to try Quidditch at home (as) it is, of course, an entirely fictional sport and nobody really plays it. May I also take this opportunity to wish Puddlemere United the best of luck next season. (This really tickles me - ego titillandus!) The 2 not-such-best-bits were things I loved the idea of initially, until I discovered they weren't well researched, which puts a damper on them. These were the stamp page whose dates don't fall in line with dates in the main story. (This can't even be put down to several copies in Hogwarts' library, as Madam Pince(-Nez?) only admits to one copy in the Foreword) and the inflated cost, which should only be 4 Sickles & 9 Knuts (unless Flourish & Blotts want to increase their donation to Comic Relief!). However, loved the battered cover, which is worn from constant use.
Go Wimbourne Wasps...Stingers Rock!