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Second Part of J.K. Rowling’s New Writing on Quidditch Now on Pottermore

Today the second part of J.K. Rowling’s entertaining new writing on the magical sport of Quidditch, is released on Pottermore, the digital platform for Harry Potter.

The first part of the new content, published a week ago on March 14, provided historical background on the fictional Quidditch World Cup tournament, and the author’s wry observations about sport caught the attention of worldwide media from New Zealand to Alaska.  The second part relays the Quidditch World Cup’s more recent history, with witty recaps of each tournament (held every four years) from 1990 to 2010, and includes a look forward to this year’s Quidditch World Cup 2014, which will be held in April.

In ‘History of the Quidditch World Cup’ part two, ‘Quidditch World Cup (1990-2014)’, we can learn:

  • Which small country managed to beat China in a furiously contested match lasting 3 days
  • Which country’s team almost refused to play when their team mascots – a kind of African house-elf called a Yumboe – were all arrested outside the stadium
  • Which ‘Seeker’ had a short-lived stint as Burkina Faso’s Minister for Magic following his team’s win
  • Which Scottish player famously lambasted his hereditary short fingers for missing the Snitch in the 1990 Canada-Scotland final

And we find out key information about the Quidditch World Cup 2014:

  • Where this year’s Quidditch World Cup will be held (because of the International Statute of Secrecy, venues are usually remote moors, deserts or deserted islands)
  • The full line-up of the sixteen countries competing, with J.K. Rowling’s pre-tournament predictions and insider tips
  • Which infamous player has come out of retirement to play in the Quidditch World Cup 2014 (he plays a big part in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

Part two of this detailed entry will amuse and entertain sport-lovers and Harry Potter fans alike with its witty descriptions of a game that has many parallels in the real, ‘Muggle’ world.

J.K. Rowling is the author of the seven Harry Potter books and three companion volumes to the series, as well as two books for adults.  She has recently been enthusiastically supporting the Scotland Rugby Team, and ran a campaign on Twitter promising new content about the Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore if fans used the hashtag #wizards4Scotlandrugbyteam.  Fans have now been rewarded!

Pottermore from J.K. Rowling is the digital platform for Harry Potter. It encompasses an online experience and community (www.pottermore.com), and an online shop exclusively retailing the Harry Potter eBooks and digital audio books (http://shop.pottermore.com).

Pottermore is the only place to find original new writing by J.K. Rowling about the world of Harry Potter.  Her ‘History of the Quidditch World Cup’ is one of the longest pieces of content she has written for Pottermore, and was written within the last month.  You can find the second part of the content by logging in to Pottermore.com and going to ‘The Golden Stadium’ Moment in Chapter 8 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from 9 a.m. (EST) beginning March 21.

Quidditch is the thrilling game played by witches and wizards on flying broomsticks, which is featured in the Harry Potter series and companion volumeQuidditch Through the Ages.  The 1994 Quidditch World Cup takes place in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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