Sunday, April 10, 2011

J.K. Rowling - Quidditch Through the Ages

Format : PDF
Author :  J.K.Rowling
Publisher : Scholastic Press
ISBN 0-439-32161-1
Size :  1 Mb

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 QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES is one of the most
popular titles in the Hogwarts school library. Madam Pince,
our librarian, tells me that it is “pawed about, dribbled on, and
generally maltreated” nearly every day – a high compliment for any
book. Anyone who plays or watches Quidditch regularly will relish
Mr. Whisp’s book, as do those of us interested in wider wizarding
history. As we have developed the game of Quidditch, so it has
developed us; Quidditch unites witches and wizards from all walks
of life, bringing us together to share moments of exhilaration,
triumph, and (for those who support the Chudley Cannons)
It was with some difficulty, I must own, that I persuaded Madam
Pince to part with one of her books so that it might be copied for
wider consumption. Indeed, when I told her it was to be made
available to Muggles, she was rendered temporarily speechless, and
neither moved nor blinked for several minutes. When she came to
herself she was thoughtful enough to ask whether I had taken leave
of my senses. I was pleased to reassure her on that point and went
on to explain why I had taken this unprecedented decision.
Muggle readers will need no introduction to the work of Comic
Relief U. K. (which, funnily enough, has nothing to do with the
American organization of the same name), so I now repeat my
explanation to Madam Pince for the benefit of witches and wizards
who have purchased this book. Comic Relief U. K. uses laughter to
fight poverty, injustice, and disaster. Widespread amusement is
converted into large quantities of money (over 250 million dollars
since they started in 1985 – which is the equivalent of over 174
million pounds or thirty-four million Galleons).
Everyone involved in getting this book to you, from the author to
the publisher to the paper suppliers, printers, binders, and
booksellers, contributed their time, energy, and materials free or at
a reduced cost, making it possible for twenty percent of the retail
sales price less taxes from the sale of this book to go to a fund set
up in Harry Potter’s name by Comic Relief U. K. and J. K.
Rowling. This fund was designed specifically to help children in
need throughout the world. By buying this book – and I would
advise you to buy it, because if you read it too long without handing
over money you will find yourself the object of a Thief’s Curse –
you too will be contributing to this magical mission.
I would be deceiving my readers if I said that this explanation
made Madam Pince happy about handing over a library book to
Muggles. She suggested several alternatives, such as telling the
people from Comic Relief U. K. that the library had burned down,
or simply pretending that I had dropped dead without leaving
instructions. When I told her that on the whole I preferred my
original plan, she reluctantly agreed to hand over the book, though
at the point when it came to let go of it, her nerve failed her and I
was forced to prise her fingers individually from the spine.
Though I have removed the usual library book spells from this
volume, I cannot promise that every trace has gone. Madam Pince
has been known to add unusual jinxes to the books in her care. I
myself doodled absentmindedly on a copy of Theories of
Transubstantial Transfiguration last year and next moment found the
book beating me fiercely about the head. Please be careful how you
treat this book. Do not rip out the pages. Do not drop it in the
bath. I cannot promise that Madam Pince will not swoop down on
you, wherever you are, and demand a heavy fine.
All that remains is for me to thank you for supporting Comic
Relief U. K. and to beg Muggles not to try playing Quidditch at
home; it is, of course, an entirely fictional sport and nobody really
plays it. May I also take this opportunity to wish Puddlemere
United the best of luck next season.

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