It’s a pleasure when I can escape into a fictional world and take a break from reality. Hogwarts and the magical world that the Harry Potter series creates is just one of the worlds I frequent. And yet, there are secrets that the world has still to reveal.
It’s always a delight to go back to a beloved series. My favorite fantasy series of all time, perhaps, is the magical world of Harry Potter. Quite recently, I chanced upon three books written by the author on Pottermore, and without further ado, bought it. This book, the third in that series, brings a little more knowledge about that world.
The Harry Potter series is perhaps my favorite fantasy series ever and one of my favorite series ever, across any genre. When I had acquired the box set of the books, I came to know of three accompanying books too, that formed The Hogwarts Library collection. Without further ado, I bought those three too. I had read Quidditch through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them earlier. This book completes the set.
Once a reader becomes totally interested and lost in the magical world of Harry Potter, it’s a little difficult to come out of it. The magic remains. It’s as binding as Petrificus Totalus, you could say. For me, the world holds a lot of memories, and it definitely made my childhood a lot better. One of the first box sets I purchased after starting to earn my own salary was this series, and the accompanying three books of the Hogwarts Library. So when the announcement came that a new book based on the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was going to be released, there definitely was excitement. It was evident on my timeline as well; as I saw most Potterheads share the news eagerly. The clarification that it was not a novel, but a script, that did little to douse the excitement. Those who wouldn’t be able to see the play would at least get to read it and imagine, right?
There are a few authors who inspire me, and continue to be in my list of favorite authors because of that, because of the memories their works invoke in me. One such author is J K Rowling. I wouldn’t be wrong if I said she has inspired many young minds across the world. More than the cover, the title of this book is what pushed me to read it. The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Imporance of Imagination. It felt like I could relate to that.
Like I said once, there are some books that are intriguing because they are found in books. It was a delight to see three such from the Harry Potter books published as the Hogwarts Library series.
Quidditch Through The Ages is first found in the first book when Hermione gives it to Harry. I didn’t know what to expect from the book itself. Like the other two in the Hogwarts Library series, this too is presented well, like a library book with a borrowing card printed at the front and such.
I enjoyed reading about the history, in particular the descriptions of ancient Quidditch balls, and the Quidditch moves like the Bludger Backbeat etc. And also, the Quidditch teams of Britain and Ireland. It was nice to read more about Ron’s favorite team, The Chudley Cannons and Ginny’s favorite team the Holyhead Harpies.
It’s fun to revisit the world of magic that I got to know through Harry Potter. This book is wonderful to read for a Harry Potter fan, and I’m glad to have it in my shelf.
|Title: Quidditch Through The Ages||Series: Hogwarts Library #2|
JK Rowling as Kennilworthy Whisp
|ISBN/ASIN: 9781408835036||Publisher: Bloomsbury|
|No. of Pages: 105||Price: N/a|
(© 20th April 2015)