Quidditch Through the Ages doesn’t really tell a story; it is more of a study book that one might find at Hogwarts. It is “written” by a famous Quidditch expert, Kennilworthy Whisp. The book informs you of all the details and technicalities of Quidditch, as if you were a real student at Hogwarts.
I found the most charming aspect of the book to be the “notes” scribbled in the book by Ron, Hermione and Harry. Otherwise, this book is as dull as it can get. Perhaps for a young kid who is really into the Harry Potter series it can be fun, but for those that are students and have to read study books all day (like myself), this is not really the kind of relaxing relief from your day to day school work that you might expect from J.K. Rowling.
The book is dry and not at all inspiring. It is interesting to the point where you can say “yes! Now I know everything about Quidditch!” and then you wonder what it has added to your life, really. Because, come on, let’s not kid around. Who has any desire to know the “changes in Quidditch since the Fourteenth Century?”
To be really frank, I fell asleep multiple times during this book, which is a real feat. I struggled to get through this brick of a 30-page book (you know how they can make things be a lot smaller in the Harry Potter series? I bet they did that to this book).
The upside about this book
J.K. Rowling wrote this book andFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as companions to the Harry Potter series after she finished those books. She donated all the royalties that she received from these two books to a British charity called Comic Relief. As of July 2008, the books combined earned more than $30 million for the charity.
Why you should read this book
You really shouldn’t if you’re a student. Or if you have a job. Or even if you’re out of work and don’t have much better to do. It’s frankly just a waste of time. Get it if you feel that otherwise your Harry Potter collection would be incomplete, or get it because you want to donate to a charity but still get something in return. Get it for your 8 year old kid to practice his reading. But really, don’t read it. You have better things to do, I’m sure.
|Manon Eileen is a twentysomething-year-old with a passion for the written word. She loves to read and write; so much, in fact, that she has decided to make it her career. She writes in the SF/F genre and is an avid blogger (seriously, check it out). Meanwhile, she's working on getting a bachelor's degree in Clinical Psychology and Criminology.|
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