Rowling releases PART 2 of the ALL-NEW Quidditch World Cup information on Pottermore
Last week, author J.K. Rowling released Part 1 of her special Quidditch World Cup segment on Pottermore as part of a reward for her request of fans to to show support using the hashtag #wizards4scotlandrugby on Twitter. Today, she has released Part 2.
The first part of the new content provided historical background on the fictional Quidditch World Cup tournament with some memorable (and NOT so memorable) moments from the past championships. It also included Rowling’s wry observations about the sport as it has caught the attention of worldwide media from New Zealand to Alaska. This 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 2: Quidditch World Cup 1990-2014,” we can learn:
- Which small country managed to beat China in a furiously contested match lasting three 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 vs. 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)
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 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 and going to “The Golden Stadium” Moment in Chapter 8 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.