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Quidditch Through the Ages

Quidditch Through the Ages is both a fictional book described in the Harry Potter series of children's novels by the British author J. K. Rowling, and a real book by that author. The real book purports to be a reproduction of a copy of the fictional book held in the Hogwarts library.

The fictional book

Within the fictional world of Harry Potter, Quidditch Through the Ages is written by Kennilworthy Whisp, a renowned Quidditch expert.

The book traces the history of Quidditch, as well as the earliest broom-based games. According to Madam Pince, the copy in the Hogwarts library is "pawed about, dribbled on, and generally maltreated" nearly everyday, which Albus Dumbledore says is a high praise for any book. Harry Potter enjoyed this book. When Severus Snape caught Harry outside the school with this book in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, he invented the rule that no library books were allowed outside the school, and took it. When Harry came to get it back, he caught Snape with Filch, and discovered Snape had been bitten by Fluffy. Harry didn't get the book back, and it hasn't been seen since.

The real book

The real book was written by J. K. Rowling, although Kennilworthy Whisp's name appears on the cover, with proceeds going to the charity Comic Relief (ISBN 0-7475-5471-4)

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