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.
Dumbledore's introduction set the tone.
I liked this one A LOT better than Strange Beasts (caveat: my digital copy didn't have the margin notes, so it lost the meta gold extra). Anyway, Bestiaries are good for curiosity, but this one was just plain entertaining. The tong in cheek tone was great, and the amount of laughters it pulled from me with the shenanigans involved in the rules creations, and the fouls mentions can't be counted. I mean:
The full list of these fouls, however, has never been made available to the wizarding public. It is the Department’s view that witches and wizards who see the list “might get ideas.”
Refereeing a Quidditch match was once a task for only the bravest witches and wizards. Zacharias Mumps tells us that a Norfolk referee called Cyprian Youdle died during a friendly match between local wizards in 1357. The originator of the curse was never caught but is believed to have been a member of the crowd.
That last is naturally taking "cursing the referee" to it's expected literal end, and those are just fast examples.
I got the edition with the History of the World Qudditch Cup and the the 2014 articles, which was just the cherry on top. Aaand also very fitting in timing *grin*
Synopsis: I'm not sure its even worth bothering with a synopsis for this one, its freaking Harry Potter after all, but here goes anyway. A young boy who lives with his atrocious Aunt and Uncle and their hambeast troll child, is invited to attend a mysterious school for wizards he never even knew existed.
Review: Its been years since I've read this and I'm really looking forward to getting up to where I left off reading it (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; I just never got around to it), I can honestly say I loved this book. Its got the great feel of a mystery that you don't even realize is unfolding, highschool heroics, villians of a variety, and enough fun stuff crammed into every page to make reading it an absolute joy. I loved reading about Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Quidditch, the sorting hat and everything else.
While we're at it Rowling has an amazing knack for foreshadowing with her writing. She knows exactly how to drop little details that will be important not just in the book your reading, but 2, 3, however many books ahead. Its refreshing to read an author who has a clear idea where her story is going and how its going to get there.
I can't 5 star this enough.