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5.0 out of 5 stars crammed with remarkably interesting information, 9 Jun 2010
This review is from: Quidditch Through the Ages (Paperback)
Released for the first time (well, to the general Muggle public), here's a copy of one of Harry Potter's schoolbooks from the Library of Hogwarts itself.
A warning: If you rip, tear, shred, bend, fold, deface, disfigure, smear, smudge, throw, drop, or in any other manner damage, mistreat, or show lack of respect towards this book, the consequences will be as awful as it is within my power to make them.
~ Irma Pince, Hogwarts Librarian

The book's only 55 pages each, but the print is very small and crammed with remarkably interesting information that fills out the background of Harry Potter's world. Headmaster Albus Dumbledore himself provides introductions to these special editions, warning us of a Thief's Curse if we were to read the book in a shop without actually purchasing it and of his difficulty in actually convincing Madam Pince to lend a Hogwarts Library book for Muggle consumption ("I was forced to prise her fingers individually from the spine").

"Quidditch Through the Ages" by "Kennilworthy Whisp" (as published by WhizzHard Books of Diagon Alley) shows how this magical sport (along with similar ones) has evolved, and also provides a history of magic broom technology with a good deal of supplementary material shedding light on Wizard-Muggle relations throughout history. Indeed Quidditch proved to be so popular that the playing of it was outlawed by the Wizards' Council "anywhere near any place where there is the slightest chance that a Muggle might be watching or we'll see how well you can play whilst chained to a dungeon wall."

Included as well was the mention of Quidditch referees' job once considered as a task for only the bravest since they have a tendency to disappear and show up in the Sahara Desert. Not to be missed is the detailed history of the Quidditch Teams of Britain & Ireland, most especially Ron's favorite, the Chudley Cannons. Their club motto was changed from "We shall conquer" to "Let's all just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best."

Book Details:

Title Quidditch Through the Ages (Hogwarts Library)
Author J.K. Rowling
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