Following the announced separation from Sony, more exciting news comes to us out of the Pottermore camp today.
Author J.K. Rowling is continuing to post new writing for Pottermore, the digital platform for Harry Potter, with a series of “live” reports from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, to be released on Pottermore.com starting today. This fictional tournament is the biggest sporting event in the wizarding world and featured in the Harry Potter series. The 2014 tournament will take place in the Patagonian Desert with teams from around the world competing.
In her two new reports, Rowling references characters whose lives have developed beyond the book series, including Ginny Weasley, now Ginny Potter, who is married to Harry and enjoying a post-player career as a sports journalist. The reports are billed as being “from the Daily Prophet’s Quidditch Correspondent in the Patagonian Desert, Ginny Potter.” J.K. Rowling also quotes the magical creatures expert Rolf Scamander in the piece – knowledgeable Harry Potter fans will spot the link to the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts that J.K. Rowling is currently writing, the protagonist of which is Newt Scamander, Rolf’s grandfather.
To deliver the reports, Pottermore has opened a brand new location on Pottermore.com – the offices in Diagon Alley of the fictional wizarding newspaper the Daily Prophet, which fans can visit for the first time and discover this exclusive new writing from J.K. Rowling.
The posts begin with a report on the opening ceremony of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. With characteristic humor, Rowling describes how the international teams’ mascots, magical creatures from the world of Harry Potter, took part in the ceremony and caused havoc for their handlers.
We find out why more than 300 crowd members are suffering from shock, broken bones, and bites following the ceremony and why failure to bring their usual mascots, a troupe of performing trolls, caused a great deal of trouble for the Norwegian delegation. A “live” match report details the thrilling action between Norway and Ivory Coast in the first match of the tournament.
The 2014 Quidditch World Cup reports follow J.K. Rowling’s recent two pieces of exclusive writing, “History of the Quidditch World Cup” and “Quidditch World Cup (1990–2014),” which were posted on Pottermore.com in March to the delight of Harry Potter fans everywhere and join over 60 pieces of exclusive new writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore.com.
The 2014 Quidditch World Cup reports can be found by visiting the Daily Prophet offices in Diagon Alley at http://www.pottermore.com/en/diagon-alley/south-side
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