History of the Quiddich World Cup, part one, as released by JK Rowling on Pottermore today
Two years after she launched Pottermore, the digital storytelling site for Harry Potter fans, JK Rowling has posted one of the longest new stories on the site.
History of the Quidditch World Cup is a 2,400-word history of the championship of the broomstick game that preoccupied Harry throughout his time at Hogwarts. It will be made available in two parts over the next week, with the first half arriving today and the second on Friday March 21.
Harry Potter fans who have signed up to be free Pottermore members will be able to find out the historical background on the tournament, information on its workings and examples of controversial games such as the Tournament that Nobody Remembers, an infamous 1877 match played in Kazakhstan's Ryn Desert.
Next week, fans will be able to read about the witty idiosyncracies included in the Quidditch World Cup rulebook ("no dragon is to be introduced into the stadium for any purpose including, but not limited to, team mascot, coach or cup warmer").
Pottermore members can read the story at Pottermore.com.