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Quidditch Through the Ages

Covers and Front Matter

Synopsis and links by Michele L. Worley
Notes by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley

First US edition: page i (Hogwarts Library checkout label), endorsements of the book by several people (p. iv), About the Author (Kennilworthy Whisp) (p. v), Foreword by Albus Dumbledore (pp. vii - viii)
Timeframe: "present", between the publication of GF and that of OP.

In which various persons praise the book and biographical data about the author is presented.

Interesting facts and notes about the covers and front matter:

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 to Kennilworthy 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.)

Characters introduced in this chapter:

Characters returning in this chapter:

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

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Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

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.


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Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • none

Strictly British:


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.

Synopsis copyright 2005 - 2006 Michele L. Worley
Notes © 2005 - 2006 Michele L. Worley and the Harry Potter Lexicon