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Quidditch Through the Ages
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Quidditch Through the Ages and its companion, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, have raised millions of dollars for children's charities around the world, under the auspices of Comic Relief U.K. Both books are meant for fans of the Harry Potter series that they complement.
What's the story?
QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES is a facsimile edition of a book from the Hogwart's Library (complete with list of previous borrowers) which is mentioned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It contains a history of the development of the magical sport of wizards, including improvements in racing brooms, listings of the major British teams, Quidditch on other continents, and some of the hairier moves used in the sport today.
Is it any good?
Unlike its companion volume, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, this fascinating history is meant to be read through rather than used as a reference, and Potter fans will enjoy it.
Quidditch Through the Ages is filled with diagrams, news clippings, excerpts from journals, and a wide variety of made-up names and absurd but plausible-sounding historical tidbits from Rowling's fertile mind. Young readers are delighted to know more about their favorite magical sport, and Rowling's clever, humorous way of telling it may make them wish that all history books were written this way.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what Quidditch Through the Ages brings to the Harry Potter series. Do you get more out of the Harry Potter series from reading books like this?
Families can also talk about charity and how J.K. Rowling uses her fame to help people. What other famous figures in the media spotlight try to help those in need?
How does the sport and history of quidditch compare to other non-fictional sports? Are there any similaries?
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