Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are two titles written by J.K. Rowling that expands on the Harry Potter universe. It came out in 2009 and has been available in hardcover, paperback and a digital book. It is now receiving the audiobook treatment and will be narrated by actor Andrew Lincoln. It will be available on Audible, Pottermore and many other online retailers on March 15th.
A definitive guide, Quidditch Through the Ages charts the game’s history from its early origins in the medieval mists on Queerditch Marsh, to the modern-day sport loved by so many wizard and Muggle families around the world. With comprehensive coverage of famous Quidditch teams, the most common fouls, the development of racing brooms and much more, Quiddich Through the Ages is a must-have sporting bible for all Harry Potter fans and Quidditch lovers, whether you’re an amateur player or a seasoned Chudley Cannons season-ticket holder.
“Kennilworthy Whisp’s Quidditch Through the Ages is the most authoritative work on Quidditch in the wizarding world,” said Pottermore Digital Audio Product Manager Ravina Bajwa. “Andrew Lincoln has done an astonishing job interpreting Whisp’s magical textbook into an enchanting vocal performance. His narration brings out both the charming humor in J.K. Rowling’s writing, and the vibrant characters that have inhabited the world of Quidditch throughout time. Using real objects and spatialized sound, Pinewood’s award-winning sound designers have created effects that dance through the recording, placing the listener into the frenetic heart of a live Quidditch match.”
The Harry Potter audiobooks accounted for 2.4% of all US Audio dollars in the past year and in order to keep driving revenue you can expect more titles written by J.K. Rowling will be converted to digital audio, including the exclusives written on the Pottermore website.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.