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‘History of Quidditch’ Part 2 Posted on Pottermore.com

527862_552519414782427_1463657314_nPottermore.com, the digital platform dedicated to Harry Potter, has posted the second part of J.K. Rowling’s “History of the Quidditch World Cup.”

The first part, released last week on March 14th, detailed the historical background of the Quidditch World Cup competition. According to the press release, the new material contains recaps of each tournament that was held from 1990 to 2010.

Rowling’s intention with part two is to “amuse and entertain sport-lovers and Harry Potter fans alike with its witty descriptions of a game that has many parallels in the real, ‘Muggle’ world.” Readers will learn “which small country managed to beat China in a furiously contested match lasting 3 days” and “which ‘Seeker’ had a short-lived stint as Burkina Faso’s Minister for Magic following his team’s win.” Have you ever played the Muggle version of Quidditch?

J.K. Rowling Shares History of Quidditch on Pottermore.com

pottermore.comPottermore.com, the digital platform dedicated to Harry Potter, has posted J.K. Rowling’s first “History of the Quidditch World Cup.” The 2,400-word history gives color to the game played by witches and wizards in the book series.

The story is one  of the longest Rowling has written for the site, since it launched in 2012. The piece  will be available in two sections over the next week. The first part is up today, the second part will post next Friday. Here is an excerpt:

According to the Official Guide to the Quidditch World Cup – produced by the International Confederation of Wizards Quidditch Committee (ICWQC) and available through all reputable wizarding bookstores for what many feel is the ridiculously overpriced sum of thirty nine Galleons – the tournament has been held every four years since 1473. As with so much else about the wizarding world’s most important sporting competition, many query the accuracy of this statement.

Should Hermione Granger Have Married Someone Else?

harry potter logoHarry Potter fans know that Hermione Granger ended up marrying Ron Weasley. Would Harry Potter and the infamous bookworm have made it as a couple?

In a recent interview with Wonderland magazine, author J.K. Rowling feels that the answer is “yes.” The full interview, conducted with Harry Potter film series actress Emma Watson, will be released on February 6th. Mugglenet.com reports that Watson is serving as a guest editor for the magazine.

According to excerpts published in the The Sunday Times, Rowling claims that pairing Granger and Weasley together “was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility.” In the near future, Rowling has signed up to work on two Harry Potter-related projects: a movie adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and a play that explore Potter’s years prior to the start of his education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. What do you think? (via CNN)

Universal Studios Unveils Expansion Plans for ‘Harry Potter’ Theme Park

wizardUniversal Studios Florida has unveiled its expansion plans for the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park. The organizers consulted with J.K. Rowling herself to design the new Diagon Alley section; it will open in June.

Visitors will be required to purchase multipark tickets in order to take the Hogwarts Express across the two sections. The New York Times reports that “there will be two major new rides, eight new stores (expect a second Ollivanders wand shop) and a sprawling Leaky Cauldron restaurant.”

According to ET Online, the stores will be based on establishments that exist in the Harry Potter book series including Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, and Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour. One of the rides, called “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts,” was inspired by an action-packed scene that takes place in Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows. Will you be visiting the newly expanded theme park?

Lawyer Pays For Revealing That Robert Galbraith Was JK Rowling Pseudonym

cuckoo304JK Rowling‘s lawyer has been fined £ 1,000 from a British legal watchdog for leaking the fact that his client had published the detective novel The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The revelations came only a couple of months after Mulholland Books published the work.

Reuters has the scoop: “Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells Solicitors, which represented the Harry Potter author, leaked one of the publishing world’s biggest secrets to his wife’s best friend – who then tweeted Galbraith’s real identity to a journalist. Rowling, Britain’s best-selling author, was furious when she found out that a partner at her London-based law firm had revealed she was the author of ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’.”

Rowling took legal action against Gossage and his friend Judith Callegari and won. The firm apologized to Rowling, paid her legal fees and made a donation to the Soldiers’ Charity, a charity of her choosing.

Harry Potter Fan Creates a Website for The Ministry of Magic

harry potter logoOne Harry Potter fan has launched a website for The Ministry of Magic, the government that oversees the wizarding world featured in J.K. Rowling’s book series.

Andy Brown, the actual creator of this site, declared himself as “Head of Department of the Use of Muggle Technologies.” According to The Next Web, the site was fashioned after the United Kingdom’s own GOV.UK website.

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‘Harry Potter’ Play Set to Open in 2015

harrypotterJ. K. Rowling has signed on as a co-producer for a Harry Potter play. The author behind the beloved Harry Potter book series will not write the script, but she does plan on serving as a collaborator with a playwright.

According to The Daily Mail, this theatrical production will open in London’s West End sometime in 2015. An announcement on Facebook revealed that this project “will explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast. Featuring some of our favourite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard.”

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The Most Popular Words in Harry Potter, The Hunger Games & Twilight

hungergamesSlate has done a textual analysis of the words that are most used by Suzanne Collins, Stephenie Meyer and J.K. Rowling in their own respective series of popular books.

‘Drunk,’ ‘Good-natured,’ and ‘Functional’ were among the adjectives most used by Suzanne Collins in The Hunger Games books. ’Amazingly,’ ‘intently,’ and ‘deliberately’ were among adverbs used most by Stephenie Miller in the Twilight series. ‘Nothing happened,’ ‘Harry looked around,’ ‘Harry stared,’ were among the sentences most used by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter books.

Here is more from the analysis:

To determine the relative repetitiveness of each author, I first made a list of the 50 most common three-word sentence openings each author used throughout her work. For example, Collins’ three most common openings were “I can see,” “I try to,” and “I have to.” Then I calculated the percentage of all sentence openings (not necessarily the whole sentence) that come from each author’s most used opening list:

J.K. Rowling: 2.35 percent
Suzanne Collins: 2.69 percent
Stephenie Meyer: 4.42 percent

Improv Everywhere Stages ‘Harry Potter’-Themed Prank in New York City

Improv Everywhere staged a Harry Potter-themed prank in New York City’s Pennsylvania Station.

11-year-old actor Sebastian Thomas took on the role of The Boy Who Lived. He wandered around with a snowy owl and a luggage cart asking people for directions to “Platform 9 & 3/4.” This project is the eighth episode in the comedy troupe’s “Movies in Real Life” series.

In an interview with The Gothamist, founder Charlie Todd explained that they “picked Penn Station for Harry Potter for a very simple reason: Grand Central Terminal doesn’t have a track 9 or 10! We’ve also staged two projects in Grand Central already so it was fun to work in Penn Station for the first time.”

United States Postal Service Designs 20 ‘Harry Potter’ Stamps

471104-01-main-746x746The United States Postal Service (USPS) has designed 20 Forever stamps with scenes from the Harry Potter movies. The Examiner has posted an image of one of the stamps.

The remaining 19 stamps will be unveiled on November 19th (the official sale date). According to USA Today, the USPS will only print five million booklets with these limited-edition stamps.

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