"Oh, the thrill of the chase as I soar through the air
With the Snitch up ahead and the wind in my hair
As I draw ever closer, the crowd gives a shout
But then comes a Bludger and I am knocked out.
Ingolfr the Iambic, 1400s Norway[src]

Quidditch Through the Ages is a book written, hand-lettered and illustrated by J. K. Rowling for the Comic Relief U.K. charity in 2001. Written under the pseudonym Kennilworthy Whisp, it is meant to be a copy of the in-universe book Quidditch Through the Ages . The premise is that the book has been released to the Muggle world to help raise money for needy causes. It features a blurb and a foreword by Albus Dumbledore, in which he stresses the only way he was able to take it from Irma Pince—Librarian of the Hogwarts Library—was to "prise her fingers individually from the spine."

The first page is meant to look like a library borrowing log, which features the names of many Hogwarts Quidditch players. The name H. Granger appears near the bottom, as she took it out in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, before the first broom riding lesson. The other names are O. Wood, B. Dunstan, M. Flint, C. Diggory, A. Johnson, E. Macmillan, T. Boot, S. Fawcett, K. Bundy, K. Bell, C. Warrington, J. Dorny, T. Nott, S. Capper, M. Bulstrode, F. Weasley, and H. Potter. The list of dates is problematic, since they seem to indicate that students check out the book during the summer. However, in the 2009 edition (UK) these dates are changed and names are listed in the library borrowing log, in this order: R. Weasley, N. Longbottom, S. Bones, H. Granger, Padma Patil, E. Macmillan, M. Bulstrode, H. Granger (again), and Draco Malfoy.[1]

The copyright page features Praise for Quidditch Through the Ages, with commentary by wizarding celebrities Bathilda Bagshot, Brutus Scrimgeour, Gilderoy Lockhart, Ludo Bagman, Rita Skeeter and the Editor of Which Broomstick.


The Harry Potter Wiki has 14 images related to Quidditch Through the Ages (real).
  1. The Evolution of the Flying Broomstick
  2. Ancient Broom Games
  3. The Game from Queerditch Marsh
  4. The Arrival of the Golden Snitch
  5. Anti-Muggle Precautions
  6. Changes in Quidditch since the Fourteenth Century
    1. Pitch
    2. Balls
      1. The Quaffle
      2. The Bludger
      3. The Golden Snitch
    3. Players
      1. The Keeper
      2. The Beaters
      3. The Chasers
      4. The Seeker
    4. Rules
    5. Fouls
    6. Referees
  7. Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland
  8. The Spread of Quidditch Worldwide
  9. The Development of the Racing Broom
  10. Quidditch Today

Behind the scenes

  • A discrepancy in the in-universe book is that although Harry had the book in his first year (1991-1992), there is an event listed that occurred in 1994. It is, however, possible, that the "real" edition was updated.
  • This book is available in the Muggle world (which would appear to be a breach to the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy even if Dumbledore writes that everything is "fictional"), for the purpose of raising money for charity.
  • There are seven illustrations throughout the text (labelled Fig. A to Fig. G) by Rowling, in addition to an illustration of a flying Quidditch ball at the end of the text (from the ‘Whizz Hard Books’ logo) by Polly Napper.
  • The American editions of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages were not Americanized. The publisher Arthur A. Levine stated ‘… those are exactly the same – we didn’t have time or anything… Did I change the spellings? I might have… I might not have… Because, of course, the conceit is that it’s a British school book anyway. It’s not narrated…’ A note about Comic Relief by Rowling is unique to the American edition and the text of the ‘Foreword’ has also been changed slightly to identify the charity as ‘Comic Relief U.K.’[2]
  • The French edition contains a glossary with the translation of the originally British Quidditch terms into French "created by the Académie française des sorciers."
  • In 2017, Bloomsbury released a new edition of the book featuring interior illustrations by Tomislav Tomic.
  • On 15 March 2018 an audiobook with bonus content will be released.

Notes and references

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Philosopher's Stone book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Chamber of Secrets book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Prisoner of Azkaban book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Goblet of Fire book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
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Half-Blood Prince book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Deathly Hallows book film 1 game 1 film soundtrack 1 game soundtrack 1
film 2 game 2 film soundtrack 2 game soundtrack 2
Cursed Child script play
Fantastic Beasts (film series)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book screenplay film soundtrack game
The Crimes of Grindelwald film
Other written works Other games
Quidditch Through the Ages Wonderbook: Book of Spells
The Tales of Beedle the Bard Wonderbook: Book of Potions
Harry Potter Prequel Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
Encyclopaedia of Potterworld (potentially cancelled) Harry Potter: Find Scabbers
Pottermore Presents Harry Potter DVD Game: Hogwarts Challenge / Wizarding World
Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey Harry Potter: Spells
LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 / Years 5-7
LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World LEGO Dimensions
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book Motorbike Escape
J. K. Rowling: A Bibliography Harry Potter: The Quest
Harry Potter: The Character Vault / Creature Vault / Artifact Vault Harry Potter for Kinect
Harry Potter Film Wizardry Wizard's Challenge
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Art of The Film Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World
The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Harry Potter: Trading Card Game
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Movie Magic Volume One / Volume 2 LEGO Creator: Harry Potter / Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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J.K.Rowling Official Site Harry Potter and Me
Pottermore The Queen's Handbag
J. K. Rowling's Twitter account J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
Harry Potter: The Exhibition Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story
The Making of Harry Potter Harry Potter: Beyond the Page
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter The Tale of the Three Brothers