So plenty of you have probably read this one. I listened to the audiobook during a trip to Target, and that’s about where I think this one belongs. It’s the history of Quidditch referenced many time throughout the various Harry Potter novels. It’s one of the ones that Ron loves to read. It’s also a weird book that suggests like a lot of the elements of the world of wizarding, that nothing exists in the series unless it’s expressly named and talked about in the books themselves. That’s one of my persistent criticisms of the series — the world of wizarding sometimes feels like there’s 10 people and sometimes millions. It contracts and grows solely to fit the stories. It’s also meant to build a context for the novels, but I also feel like there’s almost no world outside of the story itself. This book is one of like 10 books apparently ever written (I know there’s lots more referenced and presumably the library is full of them, but it never feels like anyone reads).
Anyway, this is the history of Quidditch, and it’s as absurd and ad hoc as many of the other elements of Harry Potter.
What stands out the most here is that the audiobook is read by Andrew Lincoln, who I primarily and almost solely know from The Walking Dead, and here, with his normal accent it’s a little eerie and odd, and only when he dips into a Cornish accent or a Scottish accent at times, does it sound like I know him.