QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES is one of the most popular title s 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 reguarly will relish Mr Whip'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, ringing us together to share moments of exhilaration, triumph and (for those who support the Chudley Cannons) despair. 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 for Muggles, she was rendered temporarily speechless and neither moved nor blinked for several minutes. When she came to herself she was thoughful enough to ask weather I have taken 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 to introduction to the work of Comic Relief, so I now repeat my explanation to Madam Pince for the benefit of witches and wizard who have purchased this book. Comic Relief uses laughter to fight poverty, injustice and disaster. widespread amusement is converted into large quantities of money (174 million pounds since they started in 1985 - over thirty-four million Galleons). By buying this book - and I would advise 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 it I said 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 that the library had burned down, or simply drop dead without leaving instructions. When I told her that on the whole I preferred my oringinal plan, she reluctantly agreed to hand over the book, though the point when it came to let go of it, her nerve tailed her and I was forced to prise for fingers individually from the spine. Although I have removed the usual library-book spells from this volume, I cannot promised that every traces has gone. Madam Pince has been known to add unusual jinxes to the books in her care. I myself doodled absent-mindedly on a copy of ''Theories of Transubstantial Transfiguration'' last year and next moment found the book beating me fiercely around the head. Please by 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 and to beg Muggles not to try Quidditch at home; it is, of course, and entirely fiction sport and nobody really plays it. May I also take thsi opportunity to wish Puddlemere United the best of luck next season.