Fans of Harry Potter received a special treat today when author J.K. Rowling published an in-depth, humorous look at the wizarding sport of Quidditch. Rowling posted part one of "History of the Quidditch World Cup" today on Pottermore, her interactive website for fans of the Harry Potter series. Since the site's inception in 2011, Rowling has used it as a platform to further develop the world of Harry Potter, publishing original writing that gives readers a glimpse into the backstories of characters and explains minutiae about the wizarding world.
According to Deadline Hollywood, "Rowling’s 2,400-word history of the thrilling game played by witches and wizards on flying broomsticks... is one of Rowling’s longest pieces of original content ever posted on Pottermore."
Part one, which can be viewed by Pottermore members at "The Campsite" Moment of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, includes an explanation of the basic structure and rules of the tournament. It also recounts a number of "Infamous Tournaments," such as the 1974 tournament, which featured a failed attempt at banning all wands within the stadium.
Part two of the history will be released on Friday, March 21. The Telegraph writes that in part two, "fans will be able to read about the witty idiosyncracies [sic] included in the Quidditch World Cup rulebook."
Rowling's publication of "History of the Quidditch World Cup" comes just weeks after she promised to put "loads on Quidditch World Cup" on Pottermore if her fans supported the Scotland rugby team. Last month, she showed her support for the team by posting a story detailing the wizarding community's history of fandom for the Scotland rugby side.
Not all of Rowling's dabblings in the history of Harry Potter are well-received, however; she recently told Emma Watson, in an interview for Wonderland magazine, that she regretted having Hermione end up with Ron, provoking an outcry from fans of the series.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to the web page where "History of the Quidditch World Cup" appears as "The Campfire" Moment. It appears at "The Campsite" Moment. The article has been updated to correct this.