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Highlights of the Quidditch World Cup Final

BsShUj6CcAEreseIn case you missed it, Bulgaria won the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final. You can read our full summary here, and J.K. Rowling’s official report here via Pottermore.

For those of you who don’t want to read the whole report, here are some of the important highlights of the game:

  • J.K. Rowling reported on the event in the voice of Quidditch correspondent Ginny Potter and columnist Rita Skeeter
  • Pre-match show: The Bulgarians brought Veelas, and Brazil, Curupiras. As usual, the men were enamored with the Veelas, but the Curupiras were more of an all-around crowd-pleaser. “The opening ceremony concluded with an interesting Veela/Curupira pyramid formation,” Ginny wrote.
  • Almost everyone in the VIP box was supporting Bulgaria, except Harry’s son, Albus, who was decked out in green in support of Brazil. Hermione, on the other hand, did not lend her support for either team. (“Does she secretly hope to see Krum take the trophy at last? Or is this the kind of diplomatic neutrality one might expect of a ruthless careerist whose long-term ambition is undoubtedly to be Minister for Magic?“)
  • Teddy Lupin and Victoire Weasley put on a very public display of affection at the Cup, much to the disapproval of Bill Weasley.
  • Neville Longbottom was at the game, and his actions only encouraged the already established rumors that he is a drunk. We also learn that Neville is Albus’s godfather.
  • Luna Lovegood was passing out snacks in the VIP box. We later learn that Luna’s wedding dress, with rainbows, spangles and a tiara of silver unicorn horns, was voted “Most Hideous Outfit of the Year” by Rita Skeeter’s readers.
  • Luna’s husband, Rolf Scamander accompanied his wife to the event. (“While Lovegood and Scamander appear to be holding hands in the VIP box, this might well be because Rolf is trying to prevent his wife from putting on one of her famous Special Event Hats.“) Rolf was in conversation with Charlie Weasley (a.k.a. “The Unmarried Weasley)
  • Ron and Hermione’s children look like their parents – Rose with her father’s “unfortunate” hair, and Hugo with his mother’s “bushy locks.”
  • Percy Weasley is “greying and balding,” and is now Head of the Department of Magical Transportation, and is known as a “nit-picking bureaucrat” by his political opponents.
  • Geroge Weasley has only one ear and was at the event with his wife, Angelina, and their kids, Fred and Roxanne. Against rumors that the Weasleys are having marital troubles, Ginny reaffirms Rita that Angelina left their house to help care for her ailing father.
  • Viktor Krum caught the Snitch 2 hours and 45 minutes into the game in a race with Brazilian Seeker Silva. Final score: 60-170.
  • And finally: Rita Skeeter fell unaccountably ill after the game as a result of a jinx to the solar plexus.
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Another Update on the Story Navigator

Image courtesy of Pottermore

Image courtesy of Pottermore

As promised, Pottermore is keeping the community updated with their progress on solving problems that users have been experiencing on the site.

On Wednesday, Pottermore provided another update on the Story Navigator.

From the Pottermore Insider:

Further to the post we made on July 3 about the issues associated with the story navigator, this week we have made a technical update to Pottermore.com which should now resolve the issue for the majority of our users, where the story navigator disappeared at certain points of progression throughout Moments.

We also hope you will be pleased to learn this week’s update included some stability upgrades to Duelling Club.

More to follow soon.

For users who are still experiencing issues, they direct them to their customer service page. (Click “What’s Next? and then “Need More Help?”)

In their previous update, Pottermore said they were working on implicating other suggestions made by Pottermore members, “including improvements to games, the ability to delete Owl Notifications once they’ve been read, and reviewing our customer service process.”

In related news, now that the Quidditch World Cup is over, the final installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be released “shortly” on Pottermore.com. Judging by the past, we would not be surprised if they released it this month. Either way, it is something to look forward to.

Live Post of the Quidditch World Cup Final

qwcfinalThe following post will be updated live as the 2014 Quidditch World Cup Final between Bulgaria and Brazil takes place. As a reminder, the game is being reported by J.K. Rowling in the voice of Quidditch correspondent Ginny Potter and infamous journalist Rita Skeeter for the Daily Prophet on Pottermore.com. Follow the official live blog on the Pottermore Insider here.

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Rita Skeeter and Ginny Potter to report on Quidditch World Cup

qwcfinalGossip columnist Rita Skeeter is set to add her commentary to the Quidditch World Cup final tomorrow in the Patagonia Desert along with the expected, Quidditch correspondent Ginny Potter.

Sketer and Potter will provide live commentary on the Bulgaria vs. Brazil final from 2:00pm Patagonian time (6:00pm BST, 1:00pm EST, 10:00am PST). Fans will be able to follow the event on the Pottermore Insider as well as the Daily Prophet offices on Pottermore as the game happens. Keep an out for the #QuidditchWorldCup hashtag on Pottemore’s Twitter to find out when a new update has arrived.

Ahead of the game, Pottermore’s published an infographic with 10 facts every Quidditch fan should know about the Quidditch World Cup. Be sure to check it out at the Pottermore Insider. You can catch up on all the action from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup so far by visiting the Daily Prophet offices in Diagon Alley on pottermore.com.

J.K. Rowling has been writing the Quidditch reports in the voice of Ginny Potter on Pottermore since March. On Wednesday, Rowling made international headlines when she released a new column from Rita Skeeter, highlighting the life of post-Hogwarts Harry Potter and his friends, who are in Patagonia for the final. In addition, Rowling wrote the final match reports, which will be released in real time.

Japan and USA fight for third place in Quidditch World Cup

qwcthumbThe final round of the Quidditch World Cup commenced today as Japan and the United States faced each other in a playoff for third place in the tournament.

Ginny Potter reported on the match in today’s Daily Prophet: “It was brief, it was bloody and few will disagree that it was brutal,” she writes. The game ended as one team’s Seeker made a spectacular dive to capture the Snitch.

Visit pottermore.com to read Ginny’s full match report in the Daily Prophet, and prepare yourselves for the much anticipated 2014 Quidditch World Cup final between Bulgaria and Brazil, which is being played this Friday, July 11. Fans can follow the Bulgaria-Brazil game as-it-happens on the Pottermore Insider and Facebook. You can even subscribe to Pottermore’s Facebook event for the final match.

Who do you think will win: Bulgaria or Brazil? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and join in on the conversation by using the hashtag #QuidditchWorldCup on social media.




J.K. Rowling updates readers on lives of Harry, Ron, Hermione and others

Dumbledore's Army is reunited at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup

Dumbledore’s Army is reunited at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup

For the first time since the epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling is providing a glimpse into Harry Potter’s life post-Hogwarts.

Amongst wizard rockstars and magical dignitaries, members of Dumbledore’s Army made an appearance in the Patagonian Desert for the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final this week. In a new Daily Prophet article released today on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling writes from the perspective of the infamous prying journalist Rita Skeeter, who is keeping a watchful eye over Harry Potter and his family and friends at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final.

Skeeter updates readers on the lives of the thirty-something year old members of Dumbledore’s Army, starting off with Harry himself, now 34 with some threads of silver in his famously jet-black hair. Harry is accompanied by his sons James and Albus in the Patagonian, where their mother, Ginny has been reporting on the Cup for weeks.

Skeeter speculates on Ginny’s placement in the Daily Prophet: “The jury is out on whether she really had the talent or experience to be sent to the Quidditch World Cup (jury’s back in – no!!!) but let’s face it, when your last name is Potter, doors open, international sporting bodies bow and scrape, and Daily Prophet editors hand you plum assignments.”

Rita also provides a look into the lives of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, two thirds of the Golden Trio. Ron, we learn, worked in the Ministry of Magic after the war, but left to help out his brother George in running the wildly successful Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes. Hermione, on the other hand, rose quickly through the ranks of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and is “tipped to go even higher,” according to Skeeter. “Does Hermione Granger prove that a witch really can have it all? (No — look at her hair.)” Skeeter adds.

Besides Harry, Ron, and Hermione, Skeeter lets readers in on the lives of Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, and other Weasley family members who have been spotted in the Patagonian Desert. Rita even got a jab in at Harry’s godson, Teddy Lupin, who “has been behaving in  a way unbefitting for wizarding royalty.” We find Teddy just where we left him, in a budding relationship with Victoire Weasley.

Where are your favorite characters now? Find out in Rita Skeeter’s column in today’s Daily Prophet, only on Pottermore.com.

J.K. Rowling will be returning to Pottermore this Wednesday and Friday with complete coverage of the Quidditch World Cup final. Stay tuned!

Ginny Potter to report live from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final

qwcthumbPottermore announced today that Ginny Potter will be reporting live from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final in the Patagonia Desert this Friday, July 11.

Brazil is set to face Bulgaria in the most anticipated game of the tournament yet.  The game will commence at 2:00pm Patagonia time (6.00pm BST, 1.00pm EDT, 10.00am PDT), and avid Quidditch fans will be able to keep up with the game as-it-happens on the Pottermore Insider. Can Brazil claim its sixth tournament victory, or will Viktor Krum finally score a win on the world pitch? These questions will finally be answered this week.

Fighting for third place, Japan and the USA will play against each other this Wednesday, July 9 in the run-up to the final.

More will be revealed about Ginny’s live commentary in the coming days and we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

J.K. Rowling revealed awhile ago that Ginny’s family will be with her at the World Cup final. How do you think they will make their appearance?

Who do you think will win? Comment below and use the hashtag #QuidditchWorldCup on Facebook and Twitter to share your thoughts.


Quidditch World Cup: Bulgaria versus Japan in semi-final game

Bulgaria played against Japan in the second game of the Quidditch World Cup semi finals, reported on by former Quidditch player-turned sports correspondent Ginny Potter for the Daily Prophet.

It was one of the highest scoring matches of the tournament so far with a combined total of 1,070 points. As J.K. Rowling (as Ginny Potter) puts it in her game recap on Pottermore, this match is “one that will live long in the memory of Quidditch fans everywhere.”

From the Insider:

A triple-display of sportsmanship from Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum, Beater Boris Vulchanov and Japanese Seeker Noriko Sato coloured the semi-final, and the three players received a standing ovation by all the spectators midway through the match.

Read Ginny Potter’s full Daily Prophet report on Pottermore.com today to find out which team will be facing Brazil in the Cup final, and which team will fight against the USA for third place in the tournament.

USA faces Brazil in Quidditch World Cup semi-finals

qwcthumbSixteen teams started in the Quidditch World Cup and only four remain.

Today, the United States faces Brazil in the first semi-final match of the Cup. Ginny Potter is reporting live from the game in the Patagonia Desert for the Daily Prophet

From the Daily Prophet on Pottermore:

If one word summarises this semi-final so far, it is: nerves. Careless errors have littered the match, undoubtedly because a place in the final means so much to both sides. The USA has already climbed higher in the tournament than they have ever managed before, and 2014 will mark their emergence as a major force in the sport. Meanwhile Brazil, a once-great side who have lost their way in recent years, are fighting for their first final since 1982. The stakes are high and it is perhaps not to be wondered at that players are showing signs of pressure.

Visit the Daily Prophet offices in Diagon Alley on Pottermore.com to read Ginny’s report on the game.

The game is still going on for now and tomorrow we should receive another game update. The second semi-final game will take place this Sunday between Bulgaria and Japan.

Update: Pottermore has now revealed the winner of this semi-final match. Visit the site to find out which team was defeated and which team will move onto the finals.

As most of you already know, J.K. Rowling is writing the Quidditch World Cup reports in the voice of her character, Ginny Potter.

To all our American readers, Happy Independence Day!

Update on Story Navigator

Image courtesy of Pottermore

Image courtesy of Pottermore

Over the past few months, some Pottermore users have experienced issues with the Story Navigator function on Pottermore.com. The Pottermore Team has been working to resolve the issue for weeks and they have now provided another update on their progress.

From the Pottermore Insider:

Over the past few weeks, some members of the Pottermore community have been experiencing an issue where the Story Navigator disappears at certain points of progression through the Moments.

This particular bug, which seemed to be more difficult to catch than a Demiguise, has been located by our engineers and we are working to fix the issue. We’ll update you here on this Site Updates page on our progress.

We’re also working on other suggestions mentioned by members of the Pottermore community including improvements to games, the ability to delete Owl Notifications once they’ve been read, and reviewing our customer service process.

Along with a lot of users, we’re hoping the Pottermore Team will get all the problems with the Story Navigator fixed soon.

What do you think about Pottermore taking up community members’ suggestions? What would you suggest to the Pottermore Team for a better experience? Tell us in the comments below!


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