Even though J.K. Rowling has left Harry Potter behind for the most part, she never seems to get too far from him, his friends or even Hogwarts. So while Potter fans believed Hogwarts was at an end in 2007 with the final publication in the series, it seems Rowling had another trick hidden.
Back in the fall of last year, she announced that along with Warner Bros., she would be penning a screenplay for the movie version of her book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. She has likewise continued to develop her wizarding universe with the Harry Potter website she has. On Friday, on that site, she put up the first chapter of a brand new 2,400 word tale over the Quidditch World Cup. The new story is about the long history of Quidditch. It was the favored Hogwarts sport that had the young wizards and witches flying in the air in the books.
Even though Quidditch has been a big part of Harry Potter from the start, and both Harry and Ron even go to the gigantic World Cup in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire book that came out in 2000, Rowling’s newest story appears to take its main motivation from skirmishes that happened during the Sochi Olympics.
Rowling wrote in her story that the Quidditch World Cup was a source of passionate disagreements, a security risk for any that attended it and a normal focus for unrest and protest. It was also the most exciting sporting event on Earth and a logistical nightmare for the nation that hosted the event.
In an official statement, the CEO of Rowling’s website, Susan L. Jurevics declared that everyone there was extremely thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to put up such a creative and appealing story from Rowling that centered on the history of the wizarding world’s most exciting sport. She added that they were dedicated to being the only digital destination where Potter fans could find any new novel content centered around the world of Harry Potter coming straight from Rowling herself.
History of the Quidditch World Cup helps those that work at the website not only fulfill such a mission, but it also helps to keep the interest up and also delight the fans of Harry Potter with a brand new book, she added.
The first chapter gives a detailed history about the greatest matches that were ever played, from the tournament in one of Kazakhstan’s deserts in the year 1877, which was also called the Tournament That Nobody Remembers.
The second chapter covers World Cup games from early times up to today. It contains several details about the stranger game features which are in the Quidditch World Cup rules of the game handbook.
Rowling had first promised to include this Quidditch World Cup book to the site if Harry Potter fans backed the national Scotland rugby team, which they did in record numbers. Rowling, age 48 found herself internationally known as an author after the publication of her first Potter novel, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, back in 1997.
The second part of the story will be release next Friday. So even though J.K. Rowling has left Harry Potter behind for the most part, she never seems to get too far from him, his friends or even Hogwarts. This is sure to please Potter fanatics.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Toronto Sun