Quidditch Through the Ages
by Kennilworthy Whisp
Arthur A. Levine Books
2015, 128 pages, 5.2 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches
This slim volume, small enough to slip into the inside pocket of a sorcerer's robe, is a book every lover of the sport of Quidditch cannot do without. It covers the development of the game, from its humble beginnings to the form it is played today. The history makes fascinating reading as it is not simply dry text, but illustrated throughout with facsimiles of news sheets reporting about the game, and excerpts of historical letters and diary pages speaking of the game.
The book also traces the development of the broomsticks and covers the game as it is played in Britain, lists the best 13 teams that compete for the League Cup and also mentions top teams in other countries. Strategies and game rules are covered as well as difficult plays that have been invented over the years by wizards and witches pushing themselves, their broomsticks and the game as far as they can.
The physical book is produced to resemble a facsimile of a Hogwart's library book, with worn covers, scribbles in the margins and a library check-out stamp in the front of the book listing borrowers no less noteworthy than R Weasley, N Longbottom and H Grainger (twice!). There is also an amusing Foreword by Albus Dumbledore explaining how such a volume came into the Muggle world with a warning not to mistreat it as the librarian Madam Prince might have left a jinx on it for its protection.
This is a book that all Harry Potter fans should enjoy having in their library. The added bonus is that sales of the book aids Comic Relief, an organization that uses laughter to fight poverty and injustice in some of the world's poorest countries.
– Carolyn Koh