My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have read this book many times, but when I saw that Pottermore was creating audiobook versions of both Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them I knew I had to check them out. Thankfully my library purchased them because they are both incredibly short books and aren’t worth the $15 they sell for. The total run time of Quidditch is three hours. The first half of which is the actual Quidditch Through the Ages narration and the second half is a narrator reading Ginny Potter’s reports/narration from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup (which was written by J.K. Rowling and published on Pottermore four years ago).
Quidditch Through the Ages takes the reader on a journey from Quidditch’s inception in Queerditch Marsh and its evolution to today. Readers also learn about some of the earliest forms of the game which may have inspired the players who joined in the fun to create their own versions. For example, there was a Scottish game in which bewitched rocks were caught whilst flying around the pitch that may have been a precursor to the bludger. The histories of some of Quidditch’s most famous players and teams was an interesting addition.
By far the ending of the audiobook is the most exciting and engaging part of the narration. We experience the thrilling final match of the Quidditch World Cup with alternating commentary from Ginny Potter and Rita Skeeter, as well as sound effects. That part is certainly worth a listen as it brings the sport to life.
Overall, this book is a fun way to expand the Wizarding World that we’ve grown to love. Quidditch is such an integral part of their lives and it was nice to get to know the sport better. While the audiobook was good, I wasn’t impressed or enamored by the narrators.