Fans can read up on the high-flying sport
Even years after the last Harry Potter book was released, fans of the franchise are still living off the scraps that fan fiction and the subsequent movies have provided. J.K Rowling’s latest offering, though, is more than just a scrap: she’s penned an essay detailing the history of the Quidditch World Cup for fans to dig even deeper into Potter lore.
J.K Rowling has provided Potter fans with something else to get excited about
Quidditch is a professional sport akin to football in the Potterverse. Harry becomes quite skilled, taking on the role of Seeker and providing some of the books’ most memorable moments while trying to catch the Snitch atop his broom.
The essay was uploaded to the member-only site, Pottermore.com, which continues to provide avid fans with content. The second instalment of the essay will be released next Friday. Part one features general background information about the tournament while referencing key contests and contestants from the sport’s rich history.
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to publish such an imaginative and engaging story from J.K. Rowling about the history of the Wizarding world’s most exciting sport,’ Pottermore CEO Susan L. Jurevics said in an official statement. “We’re committed to being the only digital destination where fans can discover new original content about the world of Harry Potter from J.K. Rowling. 'History of the Quidditch World Cup' helps us not only fulfill that mission, but it also serves to entertain and delight our community.”
Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone was an instant hit for Rowling, who went on to write 7 more books and saw 8, award-winning, record-breaking feature length films bring the words to life on the screen.
“I was travelling back to London on my own on a crowded train, and the idea for Harry Potter simply fell into my head,” Rowling wrote on her site on finding the idea for her seminal work. “I had been writing almost continuously since the age of six but I had never been so excited about an idea before. To my immense frustration, I didn't have a pen that worked, and I was too shy to ask anybody if I could borrow one… I did not have a functioning pen with me, but I do think that this was probably a good thing.”
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