Quidditch Through the Ages is written by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling) and performed by Andrew Lincoln. Additional narration performed by Annette Badland and Imogen Church.
A perennial best-seller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School Library, Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules – and the breaking of the rules – of the noble sport of Quidditch.
Packed with fascinating facts, this definitive guide by the esteemed Quidditch writer Kennilworthy Whisp charts the game’s history from its early origins in the medieval mists on Queerditch Marsh through to the modern-day sport loved by so many wizard and Muggle families around the world.
The original book was published in 2001 for Comic Relief, alongside another charity companion piece Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Having never read the book, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Audible had decided to adapt the work into an audiobook. My excitement for this production grew exponentially when it was announced that Andrew Lincoln was to narrate the audiobook.
This special edition audiobook includes more than just Quidditch Through the Ages, it also includes a full reading of The History of the Quidditch World Cup and exerts from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, content originally written for Pottermore.com. These added extras really complete the entire Quidditch experience. You really get your money’s, or credits, worth. From the magical stories to the high level of production and sound engineering, this audiobook is so captivating you could easily listen to it in one sitting.
So what about the narration?
Andrew Lincoln’s performance reflects a true passion for the Wizarding World. He manages to deliver a range of accents and regional dialects I never knew he was capable of. His narration was perfect, showing a real enthusiasm for the material. You could hear that he was having a fun time while recording and that just helps make the audiobook that much more special. We are so used to seeing him as Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead, that you forget about how whimsical and utterly charming he is. Lincoln is not the only narrator, however.
With this special extended edition, we are also treated to performances by Imogen Church as Ginny Potter and Annette Badland as Rita Skeeter. Together they perform Pottermore.com exerts taken from the Daily Prophet’s reports on the preliminary rounds of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. Annette Badland needs little introduction and her performance as Rita Skeeter was really well executed. She nailed the character and was able to highlight all those horrible, annoying traits that Rita has. You dislike her, but that is a testament to the brilliant performance.
As for Imogen Church as Ginny Potter, I thought she was fantastic. Her performance sucked me into the action and I thought she handled the role with a real passion for the character. I enjoyed Imogen’s performance so much that I am eager to seek more of her work out, and I am already eyeing up the Relic Guild series. Watch this space for future reviews.
Overall, Quidditch Through the Ages is an essential audiobook experience for fans of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World. The sound production is of the highest calibre, while the narrators deliver performances that are just as magical as the stories that they are performing. I cannot recommend this audiobook enough and will be seeking out the hardback version to add to my collection.
Quidditch Through the Ages is available now on Audible UK.