Quidditch Through the Ages

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Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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J.K. Rowling's magical sport report for charity.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

The book was published as a fundraiser for a real charity called Comic Relief, a point that is highlighted in the introduction by (fictional character) Albus Dumbledore. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Describes some of the rougher aspects of the sport.

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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.

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Kid, 9 years old March 14, 2018

Entertaining Harry Potter companion delves deeper into the sport of Quidditch

This is another one of J.K. Rowling’s books written for charity. It may not be educational as in the sense that it teaches kids about real-life and real-world s... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 22, 2013

Harry Potter fans will enjoy book where money goes to charity

It is pretty interesting. I am like a HUGE Harry Potter fan and enjoyed reading this book. It really seems like it is written by a wizard who loves Quidditch. I... Continue reading

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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