J.K. Rowling Posts 'History of the Quidditch World Cup' Online

J.K. Rowling

The 'Harry Potter' author reveals the first of her two-part primer on the game, which is featured in her best-selling series of novels about the boy wizard.

J.K. Rowling has posted the first of her two-part "History of the Quidditch World Cup" on Pottermore.com, her digital platform devoted to the world of Harry Potter.

The 2,400-word history of the game played by witches and wizards on flying broomsticks is featured in the Harry Potter series. The second part of the history will be published next Friday.

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"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 a 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."

The "History of the Quidditch World Cup" is one of Rowling's longest pieces of original content posted on Pottermore since its April 2012 launch.

The first part of Rowling's Quidditch History includes background about the tournament, information about how it works and examples of controversial tournaments, including an 1877 match played in Kazakhstan's Ryn Desert, now known as the Tournament That Nobody Remembers. The second part will feature recaps of some of the notable World Cup games held every four years since 1994.