|Gertie Keddle's diary|
Personal diary, evolution of Quidditch
One copy, on display in the Museum of Quidditch
Gertie Keddle's diary was a personal journal kept by Gertie Keddle in the 11th century. It was written in Saxon. In the diary, Gertie Keddle inadvertantly recorded the beginnings of Quidditch, describing a game played on broomsticks, early Quaffles and Bludgers, and point scoring. The diary is now on display in the Museum of Quidditch in London, and extracts have been translated into modern English.
Behind the scenes
In Quidditch Through the Ages, the diary is said to have been translated "from the badly spelled Saxon of the original". This is apparently a joke, keeping with the humorous tone of the book, as the spelling of English words was not standarized until some centuries later.