published: March 12, 2001
in association with Scholastic Publishing, Arthur Levine Books
originally published 1952 by Whizz Hard Books, Diagon Alley, London
illustrated by J.K. Rowling
A popular Hogwarts library book, reproduced for Muggles. The book covers the history of Quidditch from its origins in ancient broom games to the present.
Canon Portkey: outline of Quidditch Through the Ages
QA1 – The Evolution of the Flying Broomstick
QA2 – Ancient Broom Games
QA3 – The Game From Queerditch Marsh
QA4 – The Arrival of the Golden Snitch
QA5 – Anti-Muggle Precautions
QA6 – Changes in Quidditch Since the Fourteenth Century
QA7 – Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland
QA8 – The Spread of Quidditch Worldwide
QA9 – The Development of the Racing Broom
QA10 – Quidditch Today
Calendar and Dates
The earliest broom games dated from approximately 1000 AD or earlier, but Quidditch itself is credited as having begun in the "eleventh century." The book covers a thousand years of Quidditch history.
The dates due back on the list of borrowers omit the year, but range from 9 April to 11 March. Since Wood's name is first and Harry's name last on the list, the timeframe is sometime between the start of Wood's first year and the start of Harry's fifth year (since this book came out before OP, and Cedric's name is on the list).
Since Hermione's name is on the list just before Harry's, and we know that she introduced him to this book during their first year, it is possible that the timeframe of the borrowing dates ends at the beginning of Harry's first year (PS9). Later chapters provide more information relevant to the chronology of the book itself.
This book was published between the releases of GF and OP.
Interesting facts and notes
- Rowling wrote this book along with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for charity. All proceeds will be donated to Comic Relief.
- The book is designed to look like a Hogwarts library book.
- The book is mentioned in several Harry Potter books, but the author was never given until now.
- The original publication date is given in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (page 39)
- This book is a facsimile of an original Hogwarts library book, perhaps one of several copies that library owns ("It was with some difficulty...that I persuaded Madam Pince to part with one of her books..." emphasis added). This facsimile has been prepared specifically for Muggle eyes, which means that details such as the list of students who had checked it out were added for effect, not necessarily copied verbatim from the library card of the actual book. This may explain why the dates and names don't really make sense.
Covers and front matter
In which various persons praise the book and biographical data about the author is presented.
The blurbs were "written" by various writers, editors, and Quidditch experts mentioned in the Harry Potter books, and the "About the Author" biographical data is in reference toKennilworthy Whisp, not to JKR.
[Hogwarts Library checkout label (p. i)]
The list of names on this bookplate includes some characters from the novels. The dates are problematic, since they seem to indicate that students check out the book during the summer. All in all, it is likely that this is not an authentic book label but a facsimile created for this special edition of the book by Albus Dumbledore.
[endorsements of the book by several people (p. iv)]
Bathilda Bagshot; the editor of Which Broomstick; Brutus Scrimgeour; Gilderoy Lockhart; Ludo Bagman; and Rita Skeeter ("I've read worse.")
Whisp's hobbies include backgammon, vegetarian cookery, and collecting vintage broomsticks.
A quiet life, in other words. (Backgammon is a board game.)
over 250 million dollars since they started in 1985 - which is the equivalent of over 174 million pounds or thirty-four million Galleons.
Here Dumbledore tells us that Comic Relief U.K. has raised over 250 million dollars, then gives the equivalent as 174 million pounds or 34 million Galleons. From this we can determine that one Galleon is equal to just a tad over 5 pounds, which agrees with her comment in an interview. (See Wizarding World Currency Converter.)
Unfortunately, on the back of the book is listed a price for the book in dollars and in wizarding money, and these do not work out to the same exchange rate, so that is incorrect.. Wouldn't you know it, when CNN created their converter application on their CNNfn website, they used the wrong exchange rate.
[signature] Albus Dumbledore
Dumbledore's handwriting is very old-fashioned in appearance.
Exceptional character moments
Bagman, whose blurb for this book offers to make bet on whether the book will be a best-seller.
Gilderoy Lockhart, whose blurb for this book is self-centred as usual.
I would be deceiving my readers if I said that this explanation made Madam Pince happy about handing a library book over to Muggles. She suggested several alternatives, such as telling the people from Comic Relief U.K. that the library had burned down, or simply pretending that I had dropped dead without leaving instructions.
...though at the point when it came to let go of it, her nerve failed her and I had to individually prise her fingers from the spine.
Please be careful how you treat this book. Do not rip out the pages. Do not drop it in the bath. I cannot promise that Madam Pince will not swoop down on you, wherever you are, and demand a heavy fine.
Quidditch Through the Ages